Meet the Hayden Wealth Team

Experience...that's how to best describe the Hayden Wealth Management Team. With a combined 70 years in the financial planning and investment industry, they've seen it all and are in a unique place to help you manage your investments, understand your goals and help you achieve the life you want.

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    Vern Hayden, CFP

    Founder & President

    Vern Hayden has been a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) since 1978, and is considered a financial planning pioneer. He is the Founder and President of Hayden Wealth Management Group, a fee-based financial planning firm that offers a comprehensive range of services.

    Vern is a regular commentator on several leading national news and financial television programs that appear on CNBC, NBC, Fox News, Bloomberg and PBS, including WealthTrack with Consuelo Mack. CNBC branded Vern, “Mr. Mutual Fund”, and has praised him as “one of the leading Financial Planners in this country” (Brenda Buttner, former Host of The Money Club). He is also a regular contributor to the financial press, including,, the Journal of Financial Planning, and the American Association of Individual Investors Journal. His latest book, Getting An Investing Game Plan…Creating It…Working It…Winning It, was published in 2007 by John Wiley and Sons. Vern also conducts financial education programs on behalf of many companies and charities, and is a sought-after speaker at financial and industry conventions.



    Gerard Gruber, CFP

    Chief Investment Officer & Director of Financial Planning

    Gerard Gruber joined Hayden Wealth in 1997 as the Chief Investment Officer. Gerard has held management positions in a variety of disciplines, including operations, technology and finance. Prior to joining Hayden Wealth, Gerard was an Assistant V.P. at Sims Mortgage Fundng. Gerard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Western Connecticut State University. He is registered as a General Securities Rep and agent, holding several licenses through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Gerard is married with one child and lives in Trumbull.

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    Gustavo Soto

    Senior Analyst

    Gustavo Soto is the Senior Reporting Analyst for Hayden Wealth. He joined the firm in 2005. Gustavo has extensive experience in investments, money market operations and treasury management in Latin American markets. He obtained his B.S. degree in Economics with a specialization in Finance from La Universidad del Pacifico, Lima Peru. He is currently studying for the CFP designation. In his spare time, Gustavo enjoys playing soccer with his twin kids, Andre & Fabiana.


    Joan Kokoruda

    Director of Operations

    Joan Kokoruda is the Director of Operations for Hayden Wealth and has worked with Vern as his Executive Assistant since 1997. Joan provides a full range of administrative support as well as client services. She is usually the friendly voice you hear on the phone when you call our offices. Joan resides in Trumbull with her daughter, Claudia.

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Regulatory Disclosure: The information on this website has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but its accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. This website is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy any securities. Vern Hayden and Gerard Gruber offering Securities and Investment Advisory and Financial Planning service through Geneos Wealth Management, Inc, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Investments are not FDIC insured. Investments are not deposits of the financial institution and are not guaranteed by a financial institution. Investments are subject to investment risks including loss of principal amount invested. 

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