IT’S ALL ABOUT RETIREMENT….the Craig James Financial Radio Show
Saturdays 10:30AM – 11:00AM
“It’s All About Retirement” radio show hosted by Craig J. Ferrantino, CWS® and Jenna M. Hudson was created to provide insight and real tips people can take away to help achieve and preserve the ultimate goal of retirement.
The first tip: realizing your budget, investment plan, college savings plans, and even every day finances are really all about retirement. This may sound simple, but is the first step in getting on track, or back on track, toward making your retirement dreams a reality.
Craig and Jenna have real conversations about retirement and bring clarity to many of the topics that the media and other investment professionals tend to overcomplicate. They utilize a unique process when meeting with clients that differentiates them from their competitors. They focus on planning not product and tell the harsh truth when it comes to successfully managing one’s finances.
Craig J. Ferrantino, CWS® host of the radio show “It’s All About Retirement” and the founder and president of Craig James Financial Services, LLC, has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He started his career on Wall Street in 1986 in the JP Morgan Private Banking Group in New York City where he assisted high net-worth clients manage their assets. During his years at JP Morgan Chase, he also worked in Corporate Finance, Asset-Backed Securities, and Developing Country Asset Trading. In 1995 he moved his career to Salomon Smith Barney in New York City. There he gained extensive experience and deepened his knowledge about financial planning for individuals and small businesses. After getting married and having children, Craig moved out of New York City to Southampton in Long Island and took a position at A.G. Edwards and Sons, where he specialized in wealth management and investment advising for high net-worth seniors and retirees.
With the need to provide independent, objective, financial advice to his clients, Mr. Ferrantino founded Craig James Financial Services, LLC. Craig James Financial Services, LLC is a Long Island-based investment and financial planning firm that specializes in financial planning and wealth management for pre-retirees, retirees, seniors and small businesses. Mr. Ferrantino’s vision is to become your financial professional for life. He wants to earn your trust, and then work diligently with you to keep your trust for years to come.
Craig holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Administration from New England College. Craig has passed three Principal/Supervisory Exams (Series 24, 30, 51), two General Industry/Product Exams (Series 7 and Series 31) and two State Securities License Exams (Series 63 and 65). Craig is a well-known speaker on issues relating to investing, retirement planning, financial strategies and wealth management. He is the Chairman of the Symposium Committee for the Financial Planning Association of Long Island. Craig is also a Certified Wealth Strategist®.
Craig lives with his wife Jennifer and their three children in Southampton, NY. He is certified as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and is a volunteer with the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance. Craig is involved with the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce, and has also volunteered for over 25 years with the youth ministry programs at both St. Frances de Chantal Church in Wantagh, Long Island, and at Sacred Heart Church in Cutchogue. He also volunteers with F.A.C.E.S. (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) and is the Long Island Chapter Director for the Foundation for Personal Financial Education, which is a nonprofit organization that promotes financial education.
Jenna M. Hudson is the co-host of one of Long Island’s premiere retirement radio shows “It’s All About Retirement.” She provides insight about retirement planning and steps that can be put into action to make sure one is on the path for a secure retirement.
Jenna holds licenses in Life, Health, and Accident insurance. She also is a Series 7 and Series 63 Registered Sales Assistant. Jenna is currently in the process of obtaining her CFP designation.
Jenna joined Craig James Financial Services in 2009 and is the Vice President of Marketing. She assists with senior level high net worth client inquiries and account related operations. She provides market research and is the co-author of our educational retirement and financial reports. Jenna is our link to the media, sending press releases, scheduling interviews, and coordinating press time. She plans all client appreciation events and educational workshops Craig James Financial provides to local companies. Jenna also works with our web-designer to optimize our web page and social media.
While studying abroad in Paris, Jenna coordinated events for international Fortune 500 companies at the American Chamber of Commerce. Jenna graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University in 2009, with a double major in French Studies and International Political Economy. While in college, she was awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Sigma Nu in recognition of her outstanding scholarship, service to the community, and commitment to Jesuit ideals. She is a native of Sayville, Long Island.
Active in community and non-profit organizations, Jenna is a mentor for the Bronx CitySquash program and assists the Long Island Chapter for The Foundation for Personal Financial Education, a 501(c)3 organization that offers financial education workshops. Her favorite place to be is at the beach, she loves biking with her husband through Heckscher State Park and cooking with her family for Sunday dinners.
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