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TAG Associates

provides unbiased, customized financial advice to wealthy families, foundations, and endowments.

Family Office

Robyn S. Transport, CPA

Managing Director

BA, University of Buffalo

Robyn has been with TAG since its founding in 1983, becoming a Managing Director in 1989. She serves as the senior TAG advisor to a number of prominent families. With a dedicated team, Robyn oversees and implements her clients’ comprehensive financial and estate planning affairs. After graduating from University of Buffalo in 1979, she began her career at Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) where she had significant responsibility in the areas of tax research and compliance. Robyn is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. In both 2015 and 2016, Robyn was named by Private Asset Management magazine as one of the "50 most influential women in private wealth management."

Clara Wong

Managing Director

BA-Business Administration, New York University

Clara came to TAG in 1986 from the International Tax Division of Price Waterhouse where she handled the accounts of high net worth executives of large domestic and international corporations; in some cases Americans stationed abroad, in others, foreign nationals living in the United States. In her capacity as a Managing Director, Client Services at TAG, Clara is responsible for coordinating and supervising a specialized team of CPA's, attorneys, portfolio specialists and bookkeepers who handle the philanthropic, trust, and everyday living financial activities of large multi-generational (sometimes multi-national) client families.

Neil Shapiro, CPA

Managing Director

BBA-Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business

Neil manages client relationships, overseeing their entire wealth management strategy. With over 20 years of experience working with high net worth and institutional clients, Neil designs and implements comprehensive plans involving the areas of financial management, wealth transfer, administration / controllership and tax planning / compliance. Prior to joining TAG, Neil was an investment banker with extensive experience structuring and closing private equity, M&A and financing transactions for multinational and domestic clients. Prior to investment banking, Neil was a Senior auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Martina Weihs-Werner, CPA

Managing Director

MS, Taxation, Lubin School of Business, Pace University New York
MBA, Economics, Vienna University of Business Administration & Economics, Austria

Martina joined TAG in May 2014. She has a vast public accounting background with specialization in high net worth individuals, trusts and estates. Throughout her career, Martina has handled all aspects of taxation and wealth preservation planning for high net worth families and their associated entities. She coordinates client services for a number of multigenerational clients and their families. Martina is a member of the Estate Planning Committee of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the NYSSCPA Trust & Administration Committee, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She is also a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) NYC Chapter.

Judith Coan Balsan, CPA

Managing Director

BA-Accounting, Queens College, JD, St. John's School of Law

Judith joined TAG in 2002 and has over 25 years of experience, with a specialty in tax planning/compliance and wealth transfer for high net-worth individuals. Among the many services she provides for clients are estate planning, intergenerational planning, tax compliance (including individual and gift tax), and management of family investment partnerships and foundations. Prior to joining TAG, Judith was a tax reviewer with a mid-sized public accounting firm in New York City.

Pierre Faraguna, CPA

Director

BS, Professional Accounting, C.W. Post College

Pierre Faraguna joined TAG, as a Director of Family Office services, in 2012. He has over 10 years of experience working with high net worth clients. Pierre has experience in financial management, wealth transfer and estate planning, controllership, and tax planning. Pierre has over 25 years of experience in the accounting industry. Prior to family office services, he was a controller with KPMG Peat Marwick.

Heather Weiser

Director

BBA- Accounting, University of Miami
MS, Taxation, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College

Heather is responsible for managing the day-to-day financial activities of ultra-high net worth families. She provides financial guidance to these families as well as coordinates planning with clients’ attorneys, CPAs and investment managers. Heather has deep experience working with family investment partnerships, trusts, private foundations and public charities. Heather joined TAG in January 2018. Prior to TAG, Heather was a Senior Manager at Andersen Tax in New York City, where she was responsible for the overall management and oversight for 30+ ultra-high net worth individuals.