Rich LaVista was born and raised in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, New York; earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Long Island University in New York City in 1974; and moved to Melbourne Florida to pursue a career in Financial /Retirement Planning with E F Hutton and Company in 1978 and has served in many capacities in the financial service community until the present day. Rich is an accomplished financial professional with a successful history of building and leading sales organizations within the corporate broker dealer community throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Rich has extensive knowledge of the investment process to include significant experience in the area of Insurance and Estate Planning. Rich currently manages and is responsible for a robust Financial / Retirement Planning practice, in the Ponte Vedra and St Augustine area.
Rich and his wife Ann Marie have been married for 30 years and raised two wonderful children, Heather and Alex; Rich is a very active parishioner at the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine in St Augustine, Florida, where Rich also serves as Chair of the Finance Council. Rich serves many civic and Catholic Organizations to include the privilege of serving with Al and Olivia Deinhart in the “Dining with Dignity” program since inception. Rich believes that feeding folks who are hungry and helping those who find themselves on the margins of our society is a responsibility we all share. He is proud to be part of the Home Again St Johns organization because it is their pursuit as well.