Director | COO


Lauren Casagrande (formerly Rayzak) prides herself in her unfailing attention to detail and her exceptional organizational skills. She has worked hard to simplify the retirement planning process by helping clients overcome all the possible obstacles that can make saving complex. Upon joining Gateway in 2005, she streamlined the cumbersome administrative procedures inherent to this. These measures allowed the company to focus its resources in maximizing the value of its advisory services and in strengthening relationships with clients.  “Investment selection is just a part of the service we provide”, says Casagrande.  “More importantly, we pride ourselves in helping an investor to understand why they need sound investment advice."

As a Sociology and Business Administration graduate from the State University of New York at Albany, Lauren handles employer-sponsored retirement plans for various local micro-enterprises, as well as multinational corporations.  "I've been with Gateway over 10 years because the advisors here value educating new investors, as it is never too early to start.  We believe investing in a retirement plan accompanied with appropriate risk and diversification is the key to successful saving.”

She currently holds the following registrations: Series 7, 63, and separately, Life Insurance / Accident and Health Insurance / Fixed Annuities /Variable life and Variable Annuities Licenses.

In her free time, Lauren mixes philanthropy with staying fit as she actively participates in various events such as the MS walk at Jones Beach for the National MS Society, the Breast Cancer Walk of the American Cancer Society, and even running a half marathon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.