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Our Mission

Empower people through advice and education to pursue financial independence... enabling them to have more flexible and meaningful lives.


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To be the area's most trusted wealth planning group... pursuing the financial independence of everyone we serve.


Glen Wood Financial Group Clients

Welcome! It's our pleasure and privilege to welcome you to Visions Investment Services and The Barber Porter Group. We look forward to continuing the legacy of our friend and mentor, Glen Wood, in providing you with “Advice with Integrity.”

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RJ Barber

Richard J. Barber, AIF®, AAMS®, CMFC®

Wealth Management Advisor

RJ Barber is a veteran financial professional, serving families and non-profits in our area for over 20 years. He’s a partner in The Barber Porter Group, an advisor group of Visions Investment Services. He specializes in fiduciary-based wealth management and asset management.

In addition to being a Wealth Management Advisor, he’s an adjunct lecturer in Binghamton University’s School of Management, acting as the Director of the Binghamton Investment Fund, a student managed investment fund. He’s also Chair of the Visions Investment Services Community Impact Fund, a charitable fund supporting local causes.

You can see RJ weekly on WBNG's Around the Tiers Financial Tip segment. The Financial Tip airs every Wednesday at 12:15pm EST and keeps viewers informed with timely financial topics.

RJ holds a bachelor’s degree Cum Laude from Suffolk University (Boston, MA) and is a 2006 graduate of the Broome Leadership Institute, a leadership program of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. He maintains various securities registrations through LPL Financial, insurance licenses in several states, and certification to offer insurance through the New York State Partnership for Long-Term Care and is a Notary Public in the State of New York.

RJ consistently ranks among LPL Finacial's top financial advisors based on production (2012-2021), a distinction based on annual productivity and customer service of approximately 18,000 registered advisors nationwide supported by LPL Financial, the nation's largest independent broker-dealer.

He’s been awarded the ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies™. The AIF® designation signifies a specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility. He's also been awarded the ACCREDITED ASSET MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST℠ and CHARTERED MUTUAL FUND COUNSELOR℠ designations from the College for Financial Planning. All three designations mark the culmination of an experience prerequisite, a rigorous training program and course study, proctored final exams, Code of Ethics & Conduct agreements, and a commitment to annual continuing education.

RJ is a lifelong resident of Broome County and resides in the Town of Vestal with his wife Michele, their three children, Grant, Lily, and Anderson, and their three dogs, Bailey, Mickey, and Leo.

Email: richard.barber@lpl.com

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Kevin PorterKevin Porter, AIF®, CSRIC®

Wealth Management Advisor

Kevin Porter is a seasoned financial professional providing personalized financial advice to individuals, families, and businesses for over 25 years. He is a partner in The Barber Porter Group, an advisor group of Visions Investment Services. The Barber Porter Group represents over 40 years of combined experience serving the community with advice and financial literacy.

Kevin specializes in developing and implementing accumulation, distribution, and protection strategies. Through a comprehensive financial planning approach, he creates long-term relationships with his clients by providing education regarding their financial situation and available investment options. Kevin helps his clients make sound decisions to help them pursue their financial goals.

He has been awarded the ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies™. The AIF® designation signifies a specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and marks the culmination of an experience prerequisite, a rigorous course study and successful completion of a final examination, a signed Code of Ethics & Conduct Standards agreement, and a commitment to annual continuing education.

Kevin has also been awarded the CHARTERED SRI COUNSELOR® designation from the College for Financial Planning. This program provides experienced financial advisors and investment professionals with a foundation knowledge of the history, definitions, trends, portfolio construction principles, fiduciary responsibilities, and best practices for sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investments.

Kevin was born and raised in Ithaca, NY and completed his education there. Additionally, he maintains various securities registrations, held through LPL Financial, and insurance licenses in several states. He is also certified to offer the New York State Partnership for Long-Term Care Insurance.

Currently, he serves on the advisory board for the Visions Investment Services Community Impact Fund, a charitable fund supporting local causes, as well as is a member of the Greater Binghamton and Tioga County Chambers of Commerce. Kevin also served as past treasurer of the National Association of Life Underwriters in Ithaca, NY.

Kevin is an avid sports fan and traveler. He enjoys golf in the spring and summer and attending Notre Dame football games in the fall. Kevin moved to the Southern Tier in 2002 and resides in Endicott.

Email: kevin.porter@lpl.com

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Melissa TitusMelissa Titus

LPL Registered Administrative Associate

Melissa Titus is a highly experienced financial professional. Prior to joining the Glen Wood Financial Group in 2011, she accumulated 6 years of banking experience with our parent, Visions Federal Credit Union. Prior to that, she had worked for 9 years in retail management. In total, she has over 16 years of experience in financial services between banking and management.

In 2013, Melissa obtained her Series 63 abd Series 7 securities licenses and has been continuously registered with LPL Financial since that time.

In 2020, through the Glen Wood Financial Group acquisition, Melissa re-joined Visions and became a critical member of the Barber Porter Group. With a strong attention to detail and efficiency, Melissa oversees all administrative and operational needs of the team and our clients. She builds incredibly strong service relationships and is greatly respected and appreciated in all of her roles.

She has A.A.S. degrees in Financial Services and Hotel & Restaurant Management, an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts, and has completed LPL Financial's AdminU Degree Program*.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Melissa is a lifelong resident of Broome County and resides in Endicott.

Email: melissa.titus@lpl.com

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*AdminU is a training program designed to enable LPL Financial Advisor administrative staff to better support their office in the areas of client services, office management, leadership, operations, and marketing. There are three degree curriculums - Specialist, Associate, and Bachelor - that each represent a different level of knowledge and skills.


Christina CavanaughChristina Cavanaugh

Operations Manager

Christina Cavanaugh has worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years. She first joined the Visions Investment Services team as an Administrative Assistant in 2013. Since that time, through her strong work ethic and determination, she has risen to become Operations Manager for the entire wealth management program.

Christina has always maintained a strong commitment to her professional development and education. She holds an associate degree in business and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree, also in business. She currently holds her Series 6 and Series 63 securities licenses and is studying for the rigorous Series 7 licensing exam. She is registered with LPL Financial.

Christina brings a can-do attitude and an outstanding skill set to all of her duties. Her passion for helping people and solving problems has been essential to the tremendous growth that Visions Investment Services has experienced.

In her free time, in addition to studying, she most enjoys time with her family and friends. Christina is a lifelong resident of the Southern Tier and resides in the Town of Binghamton.

Email: christina.cavanaugh@lpl.com

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Office and Mailings

Main Office

Chenango Commons Golf Course
One Kattelville Road
Binghamton, NY 13901

607.648.2400
607.648.2500 Fax

Ithaca Office

Gateway Plaza
401 E. State Street, Ste. 400
Ithaca, NY 14850

607.277.0000
607.648.2500 Fax

Visions Office

Visions Federal Credit Union Headquarters
3301 Country Club Rd
Endwell, NY 13760


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