WMU College Planning Assistance

West-Mont United is excited to work with TJ Popolizio, of Northwestern Mutual, and Dean Skarlis, of The College Advisor of New York, to offer our membership a great opportunity to plan for their child(ren)'s future college education. We recognize that very few athletes are fortunate enough to receive athletic scholarship money, and paying for college is becoming increasingly overwhelming. Additionally, the process of choosing the right university and going through the admissions process can be daunting. TJ and Dean have the experience and knowledge to make the entire process easier for your family.


TJ Popolizio

For many families, business owners and busy professionals, there is little time left after career and family to deal with personal finances. Unfortunately, being too busy to plan can be costly. The stress of saving efficiently for college while balancing other financial concerns continues to be one of the most stressful topics for young families. Our team works with families to prepare for the cost of college. I partner with my clients to solve the complex issues that life presents. Whether you are concerned about your own financial situation or that of your family or your business, I can help you identify your financial planning needs, and then address those needs by blending a wide range of investment and risk products.

Previously, he was an accomplished athlete. He was a two sport Division 1 athlete and captain at Brown, competing in soccer and wrestling. After graduation, he attended Indiana University, as a MBA candidate at the Kelley School of Business. In his final season as a competitive athlete, TJ won National Championship in Soccer. Athletics continue to play an integral role in his life, coaching in both soccer and wrestling. He is passionate about helping families plan for the costs of college.

For more info or to contact TJ: https://www.northwesternmutual.com/financial/advisor/tj-popolizio/


Dean Skarlis

Dr. Skarlis is the President and founder of The College Advisor of New York. He has spent more than 25 years in the field of higher education. A passionate student advocate, Dean has served as an administrator and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Allegheny College, an M.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University, and a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Dean also earned a certificate from the Harvard University Institute on College Admissions. His research has focused on quality teaching and learning, retention, and program design at four-year colleges. He is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

For more info or to contact Dean: http://collegeadvisorny.com/