The firm leverages the breadth of our team’s business and global-investment experience to provide tailored strategies and solutions in an effort to attain your goals. Every member of the team is focused on serving the investment needs of the clients, whether they are individuals, families, trust funds, business enterprises, or non-profit entities.

Investment Partners Asset Management at a Glance


Founded in 1995
Registered with the U.S. S.E.C.
Fee-based Investment Advisor*
Office in Central New Jersey

Team Collaboration & Communication

We strive to work collaboratively on every aspect of a client’s investment plan and portfolio. Together our team endeavors to ensure the consistent attention and careful consideration of pertinent details. By sharing insight and communicating regularly with our clients and their other estate-planning professionals, we strive to provide a multi-dimensional client experience and coordinated strategy for optimum effectiveness. Motivated by trust and transparency, we discuss our thinking and decisions with you along the way.

Frank J. Abella, Jr.

President and CEO of Investment Partners Group

Frank J. Abella, Jr., President and CEO of Investment Partners Group, directs all advisory and consulting activities.

With ME and MS degrees in engineering and science from Stevens Institute of Technology, Frank began his professional career as a development engineer with the Linde Division of Union Carbide. He left to pursue his MBA at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Upon graduation he returned to Linde as a strategist on their Multinational Strategic Planning staff.

In 1969 he entered the investment community as a portfolio manager. Through the 1980s and early 1990s he oversaw a number of venture-capital and business-development efforts. In, 1995 he formed Investment Partners Asset Management.

Frank is a past member of the North American Society for Corporate Planning and the Board of Emerging Company Marketplace of the American Stock Exchange. Additionally, he is a die-hard fan of both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants.

Gregg T. Abella, AIF®

Co-Principal and Portfolio Manager

Gregg T. Abella, a Co-Principal and Portfolio Manager at Investment Partners Asset Management.

After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1992 with degrees in both Economics and Spanish, he began his professional career at Chubb & Son in the International Division of the Surety Credit Department handling Latin America and Europe. Gregg subsequently held a number of positions with Chubb, ultimately establishing and managing the Guaranty Department for its subsidiary, Chubb do Brasil, in São Paulo, Brazil. His multinational experience and credit analysis skills bring a unique global perspective to the firm's clients.

Gregg has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary 360 and has received formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility.

Additionally, Gregg is an avid fly-fisherman, enjoys classic rock music, and is a fan of college hockey. He joined Investment Partners in 1998.

Frank J. Abella III

Vice President & Portfolio Manager

Frank J. Abella III ("Jay"), is a Vice President and a Portfolio Manager at Investment Partners Asset Management.

Jay graduated from Middlebury College in 1989 with a degree in Biochemistry. In 1994, he earned an advanced degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina.

During his tenure at Investment Partners, Jay has provided research, portfolio management, valuation, and analytical advice to private clients, funds and businesses. He has performed extensive “hands on” diligence in nearly every area of North American industry, with a subconcentration in Canadian equities. He also specializes in formulating total return strategies, with special emphasis on income generation.

Additionally, Jay enjoys salt-water fishing, and is a fan of professional hockey. He joined Investment Partners in 1998.

Thomas W. Shepherd

Vice President of Investment Partners Asset Management

Thomas W. Shepherd is Vice President of Investment Partners Asset Management.

Tom graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Math and Spanish. He developed his financial expertise during a 20-year career at JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA in Manhattan, where he provided a wide range of banking and credit services as a manager in the bank’s middle-market sector.

Tom earned his MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business in 2001 and joined the Investment Partners Asset Management Team in June of 2008.

Brian Brown

Operations Manager of Investment Partners Capital & Management

Brian Brown is the Operations Manager of Investment Partners Capital and Management.

Brian graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Economics. With a background in engineering and mathematics, he couples investment industry experience with mathematical principles to design and implement relational databases for various needs at Investment Partners.

In addition, Brian also applies his skill sets to developing modules for special situation analysis of securities as well as portfolio assessment.

Additionally, Brian is a life-long baseball fan, and enjoys woodworking, and gardening. He joined Investment Partners in 2002.

Robert J. Voccola, CFA

Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President

Robert J. Voccola is a Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President of Investment Partners Asset Management.

Robert (Bob) Voccola began his investment career as a securities analyst for Clark, Dodge, and Company (eventually taken over by Kidder, Peabody & Co.) Subsequent positions included Senior Vice President at Bernstein-McCaulay Inc. a division of Shearson Lehman / American Express, and Director of Research and Chief Investment Officer at Barrett Associates Inc., at that time a division of Legg, Mason Inc. Most recently prior to joining Investment Partners, Bob was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager and Tradition Asset Management LLC.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Lehigh University, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Graduate School of Business. In terms of designations, Bob has a Series 65, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Additionally, he is an avid fan of jazz music,and enjoys spending time in the South Western United States. He joined Investment Partners July 2020.


    Whenever you choose to communicate with Investment Partners, we are prepared to speak with you. Additionally, If you wish, we would be happy to perform a complimentary portfolio review. Please feel free to call us, e-mail us, or fill out the electronic request form on this page.

    Investment Partners Group

    10 Station Place
    Metuchen NJ 08840

    (732) 205-0395

    * Investment Partners Asset Management is a fee-based advisory firm. Our employees and affiliates do not receive brokerage-related commissions or fees on advised accounts.  However, in certain circumstances, employees and affiliates may receive fees and/or commissions from various products and services offered outside the firm’s typical asset management function. Please read Investment Partners Asset Management’s disclosure statement ADV Part 2A for detailed description of client fee arrangements, charges, and expenses.