I am deeply committed to helping women and children who are in need, especially in our own backyard of Harrisburg. The YWCA and the B’nai B’rith are two organizations on the front lines of building a brighter and safer future for our children and the elderly. When I hear stories of a mother leaving home with her children in fear for her safety, and the risk and selflessness that decision requires, I am inspired to work harder to make sure we support and build a safer community for all.
As the founder of FMA Advisory and a successful entrepreneur, Peter LaBella understands that making smart investment decisions is critical for long-term success.
Mr. LaBella’s extensive career in financial management provides him unparalleled knowledge of the market and an in-depth understanding of significant issues that impact investment strategies. With expertise in business pension planning, estate planning and tax planning, he works closely with both individual investors and private companies. His professional experience and credentials allow him to effectively manage a diverse list of client portfolios.
A veteran of the financial planning field, Mr. LaBella was among the first to become a fee-only asset manager. In doing so, he eliminated the conflict of interest associated with commission-based investments and ensured that his clients’ assets would not be eroded by the high cost of packaged financial products.
A participant in Connecticut General’s prestigious training program early in his career, Mr. LaBella has developed a keen investment policy throughout his 30-year career that provides long-term gains for clients. This philosophy, coupled with his understanding of client needs, has proven invaluable to the success and satisfaction of FMA clients.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in economics from Hiram Scott College in Nebraska and pursued graduate studies in finance at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Mr. LaBella is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®).
Mr. LaBella has a deeply held commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and is an active supporter of many nonprofit organizations. His community leadership efforts include serving as President of the board of B’nai B’rith Abe Cramer Housing Project for the last ten years. He also served on the board of Hospice of Central PA and as Chairman of the Hospice Tennis Classic fundraising committee for over a decade.
I am inspired by people who contribute to their communities in order to help other people, with no motive beyond being a good citizen. Very often these actions are achieved by an Army of One - a great reminder that we all can make a difference regardless of our age, knowledge or resources. Although I spend most of my workdays immersed in economic and financial information, I’m also inspired by the energy, drive, positivity and passion of my two sons and daughter.
Before joining FMA, John was a market manager and senior investment officer with Community Bank NA., Scranton, PA. Prior to that, John worked with M&T Bank, where he was a Group Vice President responsible for the management of institutional and select personal taxable account relationships across M&T’s national footprint. John also served as the Director of Portfolio Management during his tenure at M&T, where he was responsible for the portfolio management process in all of the bank’s markets.
John holds both a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Marywood College. He is a CFA® charter holder, a member of the Philadelphia Society of Security Analysts and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Additionally, John served on the undergraduate adjunct faculty at Marywood College, where he taught managerial finance.
He has served on numerous boards in the Harrisburg area, including the Harrisburg Area Community College Foundation Board, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the United Way Investment Committee.
I’m motivated by the opportunity to serve others and do so by bringing enthusiastic people together in pursuit of a worthwhile goal. In addition to the camaraderie, I derive tremendous gratification when well-intentioned people come together for a greater cause. Whether it’s singing in the church choir, bringing my kids to a service project with fellow VT alumni or hosting friends and avid music lovers for a comparative listening session, I profoundly appreciate the chance to make the world a little better, and the enlightening conversation and fellowship which inevitably occurs along the way.
Scott works closely with clients to create bespoke portfolios based on their unique expectations for risk, return and liquidity, diversifying across multiple asset classes. He brings more than two decades of experience in fiduciary portfolio management to the firm. Before joining FMA, Scott spent eleven years with Wilmington Trust / M&T Bank as the managing director and investment advisory lead for the company’s fiduciary business in Pennsylvania. Prior to his relocation to central Pennsylvania in 2005, Scott served as Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President at First Commonwealth Trust Company in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and a portfolio manager with J.P. Morgan Chase in Rochester, New York.
Scott holds a master’s degree in finance and economics from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and maintains active memberships with the Investment Management Consultants Association, the Financial Planning Association and the Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania.
Scott has authored articles on economics and monetary policy, most notably Quantitative Easing and the Taper and UnZirped: the Impact of Rising Interest Rates, published in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He is a regular guest speaker and panelist on WITF’s Smart Talk public radio and television programs, an oft-quoted regional expert on the economy and a keynote speaker at many Chamber of Commerce events. He has taught asset allocation and portfolio management as a faculty member of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Trust and has frequently lectured on topics in finance, investments and the economy.
Scott serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Harrisburg Symphony Association and chairs the investment committee. He is active in the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, coordinating service projects for local alumni and their families.
I am one of nine siblings and love the energy, activity and connections that a large extended family provides. The highlight of my weekends is spending precious time with my 20 nieces and nephews, whether it’s boating at Lake Raystown or shopping or just talking about their school day. I never tire of their innocence and sense of adventure. Spending so much time with young people has helped me develop patience, compassion and positivity - all traits that I hope our clients observe in us, too.
Donna J. Miltenberger serves FMA Advisory Inc. as the Compliance Officer. For seven years she worked with Fulton Financial Advisors Inc. within Trust Operations and is excited to return to FMA. The first smile you see, Donna is the consummate Director of First Impressions and her responsibilities include client service, operational workflow and technology maintenance. She holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Elizabethtown College and a Certified Securities Operations Professional (CSOP) designation. With over 20 years of experience in trusts and investments, Donna is a valuable resource for every client.
I am inspired by learning new things and love the challenge of experiencing something new as I expand my own personal knowledge base. It allows me to help clients and grow as an individual. I’m also inspired to make a difference in people’s lives, both professionally and personally. That can be as simple as a kind word or as significant as garnering support for a major community service campaign effort.
Jeremy Stahl joined FMA Advisory Inc. in 2019. He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and received his MBA from the University of Maryland. Jeremy brings with him over 20 years of industry experience that includes public finance, tailored investment portfolio construction and equity valuation. As a core team member, he will utilize his experience and knowledge to work with existing and new clients to continue the FMA tradition of “Straight Talk / Tailored Solutions”.
Jeremy resides in central Pennsylvania with his wife, Jocelyn, and their two children. In his free time, he enjoys watching his children in their extracurricular activities, road biking and reading.