The Team




Jim McCarthy, CFP®,ChFC®


Jim McCarthy, an independent Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner, has been working as a financial professional for over 20 years.  Jim has been helping clients build personalized financial plans since 2003.  Professionals, corporate executives and affluent families rely on him for creative financial strategies.

Providing comprehensive wealth management services, Jim's emphasis is on helping clients grow, protect and preserve their wealth.  He realizes that in today's volatile market, the advice of a trusted professional is more valuable than ever.  

Jim believes that financial planning is about a person's values and not just their money. His focus is to help each client live life to the fullest.  He does this by capitalizing on the global knowledge he has gained helping other clients and by building quality relationships and an intimate understanding of what matters most to his clients. Jim feels it is important to develop the right plan for each client's situation by utilizing tools that help manage risk, enhance return and minimize taxes.  He shares strategies that assist his clients in overcoming emotional decisions regarding their financial future.

He successfully completed the demanding requirements to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM. It recognizes Jim's dedication to training in the fundamentals of wealth accumulation and management for affluent investors. This designation is held by less than twenty percent of all individuals licensed for securities and insurance (source: CFP Board). 

Jim also holds the Chartered Financial Consultant® designation.  Jim has agreed to a strict code of ethics and is well-equipped to address the wide range of financial issues confronting affluent individuals as well as those individuals who are retired or approaching retirement.

Jim has three daughters, three grandchildren, and lives in Rockaway, NJ.  He devotes his free time to his family and his two chocolate Labrador retrievers.


Christian Misa, BFATM

Behavioral Financial AdvisorTM

Christian is a graduate of Montclair State University where he completed his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Christian has over 7 years of experience in the financial services industry having started his career with New York Life Insurance Company in 2007 before opening up his own independent agency in 2011. He has his Series 7, Series 65, and Series 63 license, as well as his Life, Accident & Health Insurance licenses. He is currently licensed in New York and New Jersey.

The Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education in conjunction with Think2Perform® has awarded him the Behavioral Financial Advisor™ designation.  The BFA™ designation integrates the concepts of traditional finance, psychology and neuroscience with the goal helping clients improve their emotional competency and decision-making behaviors as it relates to their personal financial situation. 

Christian was the President of Misa Financial, LLC before joining forces with Directional Wealth Management in January of 2015. Misa Financial, an independent firm that opened its doors in 2011, was a full rounded agency that focused on helping clients pursue their financial goals as well as protecting their futures through Life Insurance, Long Term Care, and Disability planning. He enjoys interacting with his clients, and making sure they have a well-rounded portfolio that goes with their lifestyle.  From the very beginning, Christian has built his business through top-notch service while providing knowledge, and guidance to his clients which he will continue with Directional Wealth Management.

He lives in Lake Hiawatha, NJ with his wife Maecy. They love to spend time with friends and family during their free time. Christian likes to play basketball and tennis.


Colleen O'Connor

Client Service Associate (non-licensed)


Colleen, Client Services Associate (non-licensed), is responsible for coordinating Jim's calendar, processing client's requests, and supporting Christian and Jim in providing for all their clients' financial needs. 

Colleen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature.  Prior to her entrance into the world of finance, she worked in the medical billing industry.  Colleen lives in Budd Lake, and in her spare time she can be found playing a level 5 barbarian in her weekly tabletop gaming session.


Richard Sanchez


Richard obtained his Bachelors of Science in Financial Planning from William Paterson University in 2016. He joined Directional Wealth Management as an intern in 2016 and worked remotely as he completed his Master’s degree in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University in 2018. He has jumped on full time in June of 2018 and since has completed his Series 7, and Series 66 license.

Texas Tech’s Master’s program gave Richard a deeper understanding in investment, tax, retirement, estate, and risk management planning. Richard is responsible for in depth client analysis as well as supporting Jim and Christian in providing for all their clients financial needs. Richard lives in Clifton, NJ with his wife Laura. You can find them skiing in the mountains of VT throughout winter and trying to tire out their Siberian Husky (2 years old) throughout the year.