Meet the PFG Team
Power Forward Group was founded to create a boutique, first-class experience to our clients. Each member of our team brings a unique background and set of skills, expertise, and ideas. We strive to provide our clients with superior service and unmatched support through all stages of their lives and careers.
Ruvin Levavi, esq.
Founder & principal
Leveraging his background as an estate planning attorney and a decade of experience as a financial advisor, Ruvin provides a comprehensive approach to maximizing generational wealth transfer and accumulation.
Ruvin comes from a family office with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Working closely with his father, he learned what clients valued most. Ruvin dedicates his time to building close relationships with his clients, offering financial coaching and ensuring their affairs are handled professionally. Communication and personal relationships are at the core of his practice.
Ruvin earned his J.D. with honors from Fordham University School of Law in 2009 and received his B.A. from Brooklyn College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2006.
Ruvin enjoys playing hockey and skiing with his wife and children in upstate New York. He is actively involved in the Brooklyn school community and serves as a committee member at his children’s school. Ruvin is passionate about hockey and coaches a high school team in Brooklyn.
Jack Levavi began his financial advisory practice in 1982. For over 35 years, he has specialized in creating tax-saving strategies and wealth-building plans for his clients. Jack works closely with accountants, attorneys, and TPAs in generating these holistic plans.
Jack has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table many times and is involved with several local charities. In his free time, you can find Jack competing in power lifting competitions, fly fishing, and skiing.
Jack’s experience and expertise make him an invaluable asset to the Power Forward Group team.
Chris DeVito joined Power Forward Group in 2017. Before joining PFG, Chris worked as a financial advisor specializing in high net worth clients throughout all 50 states developing long-term investment strategies. By working with clients who have closely held multi-generational family businesses, Chris understands the importance of preservation and planning for the future.
Chris was born and raised in New York where he attended Manhattan College before starting his own practice. He is also a member of his alma mater Archbishop Stepinac's Alumni Association and is actively involved in helping the all-boy private school continue its track record of excellence in the community.
Chris is an avid baseball player and in his spare time enjoys a pint of Guinness and a game of darts.
Chris holds his Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses and is a Registered Representative of HTK.
Mikaela Scanlon joined Power Forward Group as Managing Director to support the implementation and management of the estate solutions and financial plans designed by the expert team of advisors at PFG. Mikaela creates an exceptional client experience through her careful attention to detail, accessibility and aptitude to simplify complex planning matters.
Having worked previously as an independent financial advisor, Mikaela has the knowledge to empower PFG clients with the tools and resources needed to implement their strategic plan.
Mikaela graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business with a triple major in finance, management, and marketing. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Irish-American Association of Rutherford, New Jersey. Mikaela enjoys kickboxing, college basketball and exploring New York City.
Mikaela holds her Series 6 and 63 and is a Registered Representative of HTK.
Property & Casualty Specialist
Nick comes to Power Forward Group with over a decade of experience specializing in providing the clients he serves with property and casualty insurance tailored to meet their needs. By working with some of the top rated insurance carriers in the industry, Nick has the ability to choose which insurance is right for his clients, promising the highest level of quality protection.
As the newest member of the team, Jack brings enthusiasm, tireless energy and a unique perspective on the Millennial market to PFG. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jack earned a bachelors degree in management from Baruch and Brooklyn College. Jack’s work ethic is matched by his commitment to giving back, which is reflected in the impeccable care he provides both to his clients and their families.
Since entering the financial services industry, John has committed himself to providing sound financial advice to his clients and empowering them to make confident financial decisions. John understands by formulating the most economic strategy, families, businesses, and individuals can realize their full financial potential. He finds satisfaction in being able to provide his clients with valuable education and creating peace of mind for them through positive, consistent habits.
John graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh, where he played college baseball and completed his bachelor of science degree in Business Management and Finance. He spends his free time golfing, hanging out with friends and family, and taking care of my half pit-bull, half mastiff, “Brooklyn”.
Director of recruiting
Bringing years of experience in the industry, Matthew has the ability to attract top talent in the area to our growing team. After graduating from Montclair State University, Matt’s passion for helping others and building strong teams has transcended into his role of Director of Recruiting for PFG.