CEO & Founder
Dave Buckwald has been providing financial advice and guidance to clients for more than 30 years. He works with individuals, families and business owners to help them achieve their financial goals so they can spend more time doing what makes them happiest. His mission is to help clients preserve the wealth that’s taken a lifetime to build with specialties, including life insurance, estate planning and wealth transfer strategies.
Losing his own father at the age of 17 with no life insurance or legal documents in place, Dave has experienced firsthand the complications and stress that come from lacking an organized and coordinated written financial and retirement income plan.
On September 11, 2001, this feeling was exponentially magnified at the loss of 51 friends and clients in the North Tower working for Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the largest brokerage firms on Wall Street. Of those, 30 had individual life insurance policies with Dave, but unfortunately, 21 did not for various reasons, mostly because they just never got around to it. In those months that followed, he witnessed how his friends’ and clients’ lives turned out for their loved ones who were left behind. The difference between those with proper planning and those without was life-altering and profound.
These experiences combined have filled Dave with a steadfast commitment and unparalleled passion that drives his vision for OneTeam Financial: To make sure that no family or business of ours will ever be left unprotected and not have their whole financial house in order. With his leadership, the company has continued to expand its team of specialists to deliver a knowledgeable and coordinated, holistic financial planning experience to its clients and community.
Highly respected among fellow advisors for his experience and passion for service, Dave welcomes opportunities to share his knowledge at industry conferences and through media resources. His insights have appeared in outlets and publications including Ed Slott’s IRA Advisor and Bloomberg Tax report. Dave regularly provides educational workshops and webinars for civic groups, professional organizations and other members of the community. Through these forums, he shares practical tax and wealth transfer strategies and insights on how to keep together what has taken a lifetime to put together.
An active advocate in his community, Dave is a board member of Hackensack Meridian Philanthropic Foundation and active in the Two Hundred Club of Union County, New Jersey, a charitable organization benefiting widows, widowers and families of fallen police officers and firemen.
CA Insurance License 0E44572
- Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)
- Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®)
- Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®)
- Certification in Long-Term Care (CLTC®)
- National Social Security Advisor(NSSA®)
- Ed Slott’s Master Elite IRA Group®/Charter Member
- National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
- Finseca, formerly AALU