Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
"Taking control and getting your financial 'house' in order allows you to enjoy the more important aspects of your life—your family, your health, your friends, your career, and ultimately... your retirement.
As CEO and co-founder of AurorA, I am proud we play such an important role in helping our clients pursue their personal lifestyle goals as they journey through life."
Mary came to Rochester in 1983 to begin her practice in financial strategies. Her goal was to help people better understand the importance of saving for the future and retirement.
Mary took those goals to new heights by co-founding AurorA Group LLC.
Mary has served four years on the International Association of Financial Planners (IAFP) Board of Directors. As an officer on the Small Business Council of Rochester New York, Mary was elected Vice President in 1998, President-Elect from 1999–2001, and President from 2001–2003. As a former board member of the Community Technology Assessment Advisory Board (CTAAB), Mary supported the role that small business and small business owners play in the economic development and growth of Rochester through her involvement in the Rochester Business Alliance, the CEO Roundtable, the Women's Executive Network, and the Penfield Economic Development Corporation.
In 2003, Mary was nominated for the prestigious "Athena Award," which honors the Outstanding Achievement of Women Professionals. The Women’s Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, proudly brings the ATHENA Awards to the Greater Rochester Area each year, recognizing the success of outstanding businesswomen who excel in their profession, who are community leaders, and who mentor other women personally and professionally.
The ATHENA Award® recognizes women at the pinnacle of their careers—These are women leading businesses and organizations throughout the Greater Rochester Area and setting the course for the next generation of leaders to come. ATHENA women are CEOs, CFOs, Presidents, Partners, and Executive Directors from a wide variety of industries.
Andrew J. Drago, Jr., CMFC®
Co-Founder, President and Senior Financial Consultant
"I believe successful financial planning is not just a matter of buying quality stocks and bonds ...
It is more a result of making confident, informed decisions that lead to financial security, prosperity, and most importantly, peace of mind."
As a native New Yorker, Andrew found his way to Rochester to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1974 on scholarship, and he had been a ‘Rochesterian’ until August 2020 when they moved their practice and primary residence to Tierra Verde, Florida.
With nearly 40 years in the financial services industry—specializing in lump-sum retirement planning, wealth preservation, and estate planning— Andrew’s entire financial focus is to help his clients transform their financial goals into lifestyle achievements!
In addition to being a co-founder, Andrew holds the Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®) designation from the College of Financial Planning and is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor.
Andrew was an active participant in the Small Business Council, CEO Round-table, and is a respected keynote speaker. He was a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and The Financial Services Institute (FSI). National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU), and AssetMark's Field Advisory Board, in addition to being a frequent guest on WHAM's Ask the Experts.
Andrew's truly comprehensive approach to the entire financial planning process is dedicated to helping his clientele face their future with comfort, control, and confidence!
Director of Client Services and Assistant to the President
"As the Director of Client Services and Assistant to the President, I strive to enhance the overall planning experience by delivering unsurpassed service and personalized attention to each and every client we serve."
Donna has always called greater Rochester home. She brings 45 years of experience in the financial services industry to her position with AurorA.
In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she serves as the liaison between the firm's president and the AurorA clientele. Donna's dedication and acute attention to detail create a truly enjoyable and seamless service experience.
Donna had the distinct honor of serving on AssetMark’s "Wealth Management Operations Advisory Board,” where she shared her expertise and years of experience with other administrative assistants across the country.
She brings those strong talents and professional insights to our "Exclusive Club" of AurorA clients.