Meet our Team

Lesley Murray Lesley Murray
NCAM Division Director, SVP

Ms. Murray joined Valley in 2010 and brings over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry to her current position. As Division Director she is responsible for managing all aspects of the division which include client relations, portfolio management, operations and the administrative duties for New Century Asset Management, a division of Hallmark Capital Management Inc., Valley’s wholly-owned asset management subsidiary. Prior to this promotion, she served as Chief Compliance Officer and Operations Manager for New Century Asset Management, Inc.

Ms. Murray received a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Centenary College. She is a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals, Inc. and a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Kathleen Buske, CFP Kathleen Buske, CFP®
Senior Director of Investment Strategy

Kate joined New Century Asset Management in 1997 and has over twenty eight years experience in the financial services industry. As the Director of the Investment Team, Kate works closely with the team in designing the firms investment allocation strategies and also directs the firm's mutual fund analysis and research process. Her research includes direct interaction with mutual fund managers of New Century's core holdings. Additionally, Kate is responsible for the firm's fixed income analysis, research and selection process.

As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Kate works closely with clients in establishing personal and financial goals and objectives. She also provides comprehensive investment counseling to high net worth individuals and specializes in the management of pension assets and other tax-deferred programs.

Prior to joining New Century Asset Management, Kate was a portfolio manager with Sarantos & Co., Inc. for 14 years. She gained investment experience through her associations with Raymond James & Associates and Royal Alliance Associates.

Kate holds a BS in Business Administration from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She holds Life, Health and Variable Insurance Licenses. Kate is a long standing member of the Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council.
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Leanne Polizzano Leanne Polizzano, CFP®
Portfolio Manager, VP
Leanne joined New Century Asset Management in 2007 as an investment research analyst. She conducts equity, mutual fund and fixed income research ranging from broad sector analysis to individual company valuation. Leanne uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis for her research. She also monitors asset allocations and handles trading in equities, mutual funds and options.

Prior to joining New Century, she was a senior research analyst at Sherwood Securities where she concentrated on equities in the consumer sector of the economy. Before that, she worked as an associate at Morgan Stanley where she developed her analytical and technical skills while working with the equity, M&A, fixed income and real estate divisions. Prior to that she worked in the equity research department of Prudential-Bache Securities. Leanne also taught as an adjunct professor for the International Business graduate studies program at Centenary College.

Leanne graduated from Rutgers University and earned her MBA in Finance and International Business at New York University.

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Jefferson Township PTA Member
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Jacob Thomas
Client Relationship Manager, VP

Nicole Veiga
Client Service Specialist

Gus Sanchez
Retirement Plan Administrator

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