Meet the PFG Team
Ruvin Levavi, esq.
Founder & Principal
Ruvin Levavi founded Power Forward Group to provide creative financial solutions, with a focus on estate conservation, to professionals and their families in the New York City area. 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. His father Jack opened their first firm in 1982 in the Empire State Building. Working closely with his father, Ruvin learned what clients valued most. Ruvin now 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 as secretary 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.
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. Jack’s commitment extends to the community, where he volunteers by teaching preschoolers to read. He is also coach of the local middle school hockey team.
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.