Meet The Team

Each member of our team is driven by our firm’s core founding principles of helping clients achieve their long-term financial goals, and providing the highest level of service. Our wealth of industry experience in investment management and financial planning enables us to deliver a strong combination of expertise, insight, and skill to support clients on their financial journeys. We have built a reputation of excellence by investing in employees that share our values: always putting our clients’ interests first, and building trust through quality results.


John Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer

John Hamilton opened the door of Aspire Advisors in 2009 to meet the changing investment management and financial planning needs of clients at Hamilton Cavanaugh & Associates, the firm he founded in 1986.

From the outset, John’s vision was guided by three core principles: unmatched expertise, creative solutions for clients, and outstanding service. Until today, these principles continue to guide Aspire Advisors.

A respected and recognized investment strategist in the financial industry, John began his career in the employee benefits division of Johnson & Higgins where he was responsible for the growth of the firm’s not-for-profit retirement business. It is where he worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies to design and implement executive compensation plans.

John attended Fordham University and holds FINRA Series 26, 6, 63, and 51 registrations, as well as Life, Accident, and Health Insurance licenses.

John is an avid golfer and has competed in many local and regional amateur golf championships. He is also a board member of the Westchester Golf Association Caddy Scholarship Fund.


James Rank


Having spent over a decade working with individual and corporate clients, James has acquired astuteness for helping them understand their unique needs and for developing investment solutions on their behalf.

As President of Aspire Advisors, James manages the investments for employer-sponsored retirement plans and high-net-worth individuals, as well as selecting investments based on the needs, suitability, and objectives of each client.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, James went on to work at Merrill Lynch & Co. in various senior research and trading capacities. He worked primarily as a portfolio manager on the distressed securities trading desk.

Subsequent positions include senior health care bond analyst at CreditSights Inc. and managing partner at NYC-based hedge fund Terragon Capital Management. Now, he is a registered investment advisor representative and holds an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation.


Barbara Ingenito

Executive Vice President

Barbara Ingenito has been serving clients of Aspire Advisors and Hamilton Cavanaugh & Associates for more than 25 years.

Her extensive experience working with not-for-profit clients, as well as managing and servicing pension plans and voluntary tax-deferred retirement plans has made her an invaluable asset to the team.

However, the real focus of Barbara's work is her understanding that the clients are the reason for the firm’s existence. Her direct communication with our clients has given her a deeper understanding of their needs and made her uniquely qualified and prepared to address their investment-related issues.

Prior to working at Aspire Advisors, Barbara worked for Diversified Investment Advisors as the account consultant for the Healthcare Association of New York State. She is a registered investment advisor representative and has an Accredited Investment Fiduciary ® (AIF®) designation. She also holds FINRA Series 6, 63, and 26 registrations, as well as New York State and Connecticut Life Insurance licenses.


Aida Rios

Client Manager

Aida Rios has over 20 years of experience in the retirement industry with a focus on exceptional customer service. As an Aspire Client Manager, Aida consults with a diverse group of retirement plan sponsors to offer optimal solutions for defined contribution plans. Aida also provides participant education via group enrollment meetings, as well as individual meetings to help participants capitalize on their valuable retirement benefits.

Prior to joining Aspire Advisors, Aida spent nine years with Transamerica Retirement Solutions as a Retirement Planning Consultant working exclusively with a large university hospital in New York City. Prior to that, she worked in the Human Resources department at Guardian Life Insurance Co., where she held various positions and responsibilities, including the administration of the corporate 401(k) and non-qualified plans. Her many years of work in Human Resources administration, retirement plan recordkeeping, and participant education is a testament to her dedication to retirement services.

Aida obtained her Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Baruch College and attained the ChFC designation from The American College. She holds FINRA Series 6, 63, and 65 registrations, as well as a New York State Life, Accident and Health Insurance License.


Jane Emerick

Director of Operations


Jane Emerick

Director of Operations