Our Team

At Cornell Pochily, we focus on providing our clients with an unmatched level of expertise and experience, tailored to the unique needs of each individual, family, company or institution. Our firm has access to up-to-date market research and, when coupled with our integrity and consistent client-focus, we promise to provide an unrivaled quality of service.

Ezra Cornell

Ezra Cornell

Ezra graduated from Cornell University and began his career in banking in 1971. Prior to joining Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors, Inc. as President, he was a vice president and financial advisor at Smith Barney for nearly twenty nine years. Throughout his career, he has been active with several community not-for-profit organizations and he is currently a member of the board of Cornell University. Ezra, Daphne and their family live in Ithaca, NY.


Robert Pochily

Robert Pochily

Bob is an alumnus of St. Bonaventure University and has an MBA from Syracuse University. He spent 27 years at New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, holding management positions in accounting and finance. Bob has 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, having worked nine years as a financial advisor at Smith Barney prior to the establishment of Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors, Inc. Bob and his wife Marnee have resided in Tompkins County for over 40 years and have three grown children. He has volunteered his time to a number of not-for-profit organizations over the years. 

 

Nelson Mead, CFA, CFPNelson Mead, CFA, CFP®


Nelson graduated from Cornell University in 1981 with a degree in business management and marketing, and has worked in financial services since 1984. He became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner in 1989 and a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder in 2003. Previously, he was vice president and senior portfolio manager for HSBC Private Bank. Nelson serves numerous local non-profits as volunteer and board member, is an Elder at Covenant Love Community Church in Dryden, NY, and is Captain of the Freeville, NY Fire Department. Nelson and his wife Kathy have three children and reside in Freeville, NY.


Cathy LaMorie

Cathy LaMorie

Cathy joined Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors in the fall of 2008 as Director of Operations.  Cathy has 19 years of financial services industry experience.  She is a graduate of Ithaca High School and raised her two daughters in the Ithaca area. She is a member of the Ithaca Lions Club.

 


Shane O'Neill

Shane O'Neill

Shane joined Cornell Pochily after eight years at the public accounting firm, Raphael and Raphael LLP in Boston, MA, where his responsibilities included planning, supervising, and presenting financial statement audits and preparing tax returns of corporations and high-net-worth individuals.  He is a CPA (licensed only in New Hampshire) and graduated magna cum laude from Elmira College with degrees in Economics and Business Administration. He and his wife are new parents and are happy to call central New York home again.