AFG In Brief
ARI Financial Group (AFG) is a boutique financial firm specializing in advanced life insurance concepts and Premium Financing services designed to help grow and conserve wealth through customized solutions, personalized service, and creative planning.
From the design of your financial strategy to the implementation and annual review of your policy, ARI Financial Group’s dedicated team of professionals is here to offer you premier service.
At ARI Financial Group we do not accept the status quo.
Instead, we value innovation.
Our top-notch advisors look beyond basic financial needs and beyond the present day to optimize your assets and to protect your wealth and cash flow. From the design of your financial strategy to the implementation of that plan, and to the annual review of your policy, ARI Financial Group’s team of dedicated professionals will offer you premier service.
We are a creative group of seasoned financial professionals, who pride ourselves in finding the best solutions for our clients.
We strive to optimize your wealth,
protect your livelihood and preserve your legacy.
Largest Global Provider
of Premium Financed Whole Life Strategies
Premium Financed Whole Life Insurance is Our Specialty
Our expert advisors have developed the niche market of Premium Financing Whole Life Insurance strategies for those who reside domestically and internationally. Over time, our concentration in this area has led our boutique firm to become the foremost provider of financed Whole Life strategies.
More than $500,000,000 of Financed Premiums
With more than half-a-billion of financed premiums on the books, ARI Financial Group is the leading provider of Premium Financed Whole Life strategies.
Domestic and Foreign Clients
Due to the nature of life insurance and international financing and tax regulations, the complex structures that ARI Financial Group offers must be tailored to each client’s unique domicile and residency.
Our strategists are highly knowledgeable on the intricacies of foreign national cases, and will work closely with foreign clients to ensure their United States situs assets are protected. We do so by undergoing a unique underwriting process with each foreign client.
Our strategists closely monitor all policies to ensure they are compliant with the constant flux of international law.
Collaboration with Top-Tier Business Affiliates
Over the years, ARI Financial Group has developed relationships with top-tier business affiliates to complement our own seasoned and experienced team of proven professionals with backgrounds in legal, finance, accounting, asset management, and tax planning.
Our partnerships include relationships with family offices, advisors, law firms, CPAs, sports agents, asset managers and private bankers.
We have offices in major U.S. markets including Miami, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Palo Alto.
Service from Beginning to End
ARI Financial Group prides itself in its robust In Force Review Team and proprietary software. Our software optimizes models to measure policy and loan performance in a highly involved and complex manner.
From the design of the product to the enhancement of your wealth and management of policy—we are with you every step of the way.
The AFG Difference
Unique, Customized, Dynamic Financial Solutions To Meet Your Individual Needs
Collectively, our team of professionals has extensive finance, investment, legal and business experience. We provide an exceptional client experience, in which everyone can rest assured they are receiving the highest level of skill, expertise, and service when partnering with ARI Financial Group.
We are more than a network of advisors operating under different entities, different approaches, and different processes. Our client-focused approach is comprehensive, integrated and complete. From day one, our entire team of professionals is focused on you and on guiding you through the process.
We continuously operate within a client-focused culture, and with the goal of providing top-notch quality service. Our clients can take comfort in knowing they are receiving the highest level of skill and expertise when partnering with ARI Financial Group.
Our team is structured and operates in a systematic and unified fashion.
Our Design Strategists begin by designing the optimal version of our product, based on your specific needs and financial portfolio. After we develop the right strategy for you, our Relationship Managers continue to guide you through the process by coordinating conversations with bankers and insurance underwriters, in addition to coordinating conversations with your own financial advisors.
After the policy is delivered, our dedication continues. Our In-Force Manager will regularly review your insurance portfolio and financing arrangement performance from both a structural and financial perspective to ensure your policy continues to operate effectively.
To make this process operate as seamlessly as possible, we also engage industry consultants and attorneys whose expertise is of great value to our suite of services.
Our clients receive only the highest level of skill and
expertise when partnering with ARI Financial Group.
Principal & CEO
Eric Bouskila, Founder, President, and CEO of ARI Financial Group, is recognized as one of the top leading advisors with the largest mutual insurance companies in the country, consistently breaking the record for life insurance production year after year and a recipient of Guardian’s Top Advisor Nationwide Award for the last seven consecutive years. Eric’s success lies in his systemized and unique approach, focusing on risk management and exit strategies associated with leveraged insurance solutions, and relentless emphasis on teamwork and collaboration.
Eric’s entrepreneurship, innovative thinking, business acumen, and impeccable track record set him apart. An industry leader for nearly three decades, he excels in structuring innovative and cutting-edge leveraged planning strategies geared toward high-net-worth individuals (HNWI).
Under Eric’s leadership, ARI Financial Group has become one of the top wealth enhancement firms in the country, specializing in premium financing of Whole Life dividend participating contracts, as well as started an international expansion by establishing affiliates abroad through ARI Financial Group International (AFGI).
Prior to founding ARI Financial Group, Eric resided in Canada where he created a home security company that quickly became the fastest privately-owned home security company in metropolitan Toronto. After opening a U.S. branch of the company, he sold it to ADT, which commended the organization for its high client retention and superior customer service.
Eric hails from Israel, where he served the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in an elite paratrooper unit. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Marlene Windmiller, Esq.
MARLENE WINDMILLER, Esq.
Sr. Business Development Director
US & Europe
Marlene Windmiller joined ARI Financial Group in 2014 and is responsible for domestic and international business development. Using her deep multifaceted professional experience in insurance, finance and law, Marlene develops customized planning solutions and strategies on behalf of her clients. She recently obtained her Surplus Line license and is a member of the Guardian President’s Council.
Additionally, she is a member of Guardian Leaders Club, and has been awarded the Guardian’s Christopher Ferrara Memorial New Agent of the Year.
Prior to joining ARI Financial, Marlene was the co-founder and principal of Klein Windmiller, LLC, a boutique legal consulting and recruiting firm specializing in global attorney placement. Her clients included international law firms, banks, hedge funds and Fortune 500 corporations.
After graduating from law school, Marlene practiced bankruptcy law. She has also been a career columnist for the New York Law Journal and served as a panelist at various law schools and New York City Bar Association career seminars.
Marlene graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany with a bachelor’s degree in political science and English. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Union University at Albany Law School and is admitted to the New York State Bar.
Peter L. Harjes, CFP®
PETER L. HARJES, CFP®
Sr. Financial Strategist
In his dual role as Senior Financial Strategist at ARI Financial Group and Head of ARI Advisory Service, Peter Harjes focuses on designing and implementing advanced insurance solutions for his high-net-worth clientele.
Bringing strategic insights gained from over 17 years of experience in the life insurance industry, Peter successfully devises how clients can benefit from including insurance solutions into their overall financial and estate plans.
He started his career in insurance immediately after college and quickly established his reputation in the industry because of his novel solutions and personalized client approach.
Peter received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland (UMD) & Hofstra University while playing Division 1 tennis for UMD. He also earned his CFP® accreditation through Boston University. Furthermore, he is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), CFP® Board, MDRT, and a Finseca Ambassador.
Peter is a native New Yorker and an avid supporter of local and international organizations such as the FIDF (Friends of Israeli Defense Forces), UJA (United Jewish Federation of NY), and the North Shore Animal League. He also contributes to St. Jude Cancer Research and other philanthropic organizations.
Jordan Mimoun, Esq.
JORDAN MIMOUN, Esq.
Business Development Director
US & Europe
Jordan Mimoun is responsible for domestic and international business development for ARI Financial Group. Utilizing his unique educational background and practical business experience, Jordan develops and implements customized strategic solutions on behalf of his clients.
Jordan graduated suma cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from the University of Miami. He earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Miami, where he graduated in the top 1% of his class and was voted “Most Likely to be a Fortune 500 CEO” by his peers. With extensive experience in various industries, his innovative, analytical, and strategic thinking consistently propel clients’ goals forward and add value.
Jordan is a founding captain of the Scheck Hillel Alumni Basketball League, an active member of the South Florida Jewish community, and an avid sports fan.
Chief Operating Officer
Rimma Portnova plays a critical role in the day-to-day operations at ARI Financial Group, she is primary responsible for the overall management and integration of all the firm’s departments and works closely with ARI’s CEO in performing long-term financial planning, identifying risks and opportunities for attainment of the company’s mission.
Rimma is also responsible for developing and supporting strong external relationships with bankers, investment advisors, legal counsels, insurance carriers and other corporate service providers. She is instrumental in developing and monitoring a culture of efficiency, results and customer-oriented services.
Rimma is a highly qualified insurance professional with several years of involvement in the industry. She earned her Accounting degree from Florida Atlantic University and is a Notary Public.
Jonathan Carpenter, CPA, J.D.
JONATHAN CARPENTER, CPA, J.D.
Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan Carpenter is a seasoned financial professional with more than a decade of experience in the South Florida market. At ARI Financial Group, he is responsible for calculating financial and operating metrics, accounting controls, and developing and improving upon strategies that maximize profits and reduce costs.
Prior to joining ARI Financial Group, Jonathan’s career has spanned across several industries, including construction, beverages, transportation, marketing, import/export, hospitality, IT, retail, and furniture.
He is Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida and graduated magna cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also received his master’s in taxation from Florida Atlantic University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Florida International University College of Law.
A native South Floridian, Jonathan currently resides in Parkland. He donates consistently to the Goodwill and Salvation Army.
Mindy Soiferman has been invaluable asset to the ARI Financial Group team since joining the company in 2013. She serves as the primary liaison between clients, lenders and carriers. As the chief liaison, she provides ongoing counsel and support, coordinates all premium-financed payments, prepares detailed performance reviews for client annual meetings, and ensures all transactions are handled effectively and executed flawlessly.
Prior to joining ARI Financial Group, Mindy worked in the financial industry as an Associate Investment Advisor for more than 15 years in Toronto. During her time in Toronto, she was actively involved in local charity work, and was a co-founder and lifetime member of a local chapter of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW). In that role, she managed fundraising for various programs and services focused on children, healthcare, and women’s issues.
Born and raised in Montreal, Mindy graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce. A true globetrotter who’s traveled to more than 30 countries, she currently resides in Aventura, Florida.
Nicolle Cure brings more than 15 years of experience in branding, advertising, social media, and event planning to her role at ARI Financial Group. She is responsible for managing the company’s marketing and branding efforts and for streamlining communication for internal stakeholders and external audiences.
Nicolle supports the internal business development team, administrative staff and principals. She also oversees the company’s various visibility campaigns within the industry and serves as a principal liaison between ARI Financial Group and its various partners for the purposes of business development and marketing initiatives.
Throughout her career, Nicolle has managed collaborations for a wide range of global clients in the luxury, hospitality, food & beverage, finance, travel, technology and communication sectors. She has received prestigious accolades, including the University of Florida Imagineering Award for Creative Excellence, the Best of Show Addy Award and Gold Addy Award Winner for Consumer & Trade Magazine Ad Campaign.
Nicolle graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a minor in Latin American studies. She also earned an Associate’s degree in Computer Arts Animation and holds several certifications from The Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
She is a proud supporter of various philanthropic organizations including the Hearing Health Foundation, Vestibular Disorder Association (VeDA), and the U.S. Humane Society, where she has donated both her time and art for auction. Nicolle was born and raised in Colombia.
Director of Underwriting
Victor has been in the Financial Service industry for 28 years. Before starting his career in this industry, Victor was a salesperson in the NYC Garment District. He then transitioned into financial services in 1994, where he started a successful and rewarding career with Guardian Life, holding a dual role as a Field Representative and Disability Income Specialist. For the last 22 years, Victor was a member of the Senior Management team of two of Guardian’s largest agencies, specializing in Operations, New Business Underwriting, and overall problem-solving.
Victor has been working with ARI Financial Group for over a decade as the primary liaison for one of ARI’s primary carriers. He brings his many years of experience to ARI to focus on underwriting and new business.
Victor enjoys playing golf and listening to live music in his spare time. In addition, he is a proud supporter of The United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of New York, where he participates in various chapters and initiatives.
Jared Deyong, M.B.A.
Jared Deyong, M.B.A.
Advanced Planning Director
As the Director of Advanced Planning, Jared brings over 15 years of experience creating life insurance portfolios for advisors and high-net-worth individuals. Utilizing his background in finance, sales and marketing, Jared brings a unique perspective for optimizing and enhancing the planning process at ARI Financial Group
Jared started his career as a financial advisor in New York City, where he worked closely with the NYPD and FDNY, providing life insurance solutions for families after 9/11. Jared joined New York Life in 2009 as a Life Product Consultant working in the home office and becoming an external wholesaler covering multi states on the West Coast, where he increased life sales by over 25% in all general offices. In 2012, Jared became a Vice President with Metlife and was comprised of a ground-breaking industry team to become the single-source provider of life insurance solutions for the HSBC Bank Channel in New York City.
In 2014, Jared became a Regional Vice President with Prudential and was responsible for all aspects of life insurance within the southeast of Prudential Advisors and Merrill Lynch. Consistently breaking life records, Jared finished every year 120% over plan and #1 in the company for overall weighted life premium in 2018. As a licensed continuing education instructor, Jared conducted over 1,000 client seminars to clients, attorneys, and accountants on estate planning, wealth transfer, and business succession strategies.
A native New Yorker, Jared graduated from Baruch College and earned his MBA from the University of Maryland. An active member of the young professionals of Palm Beach, Jared donates his time to the Jewish Community Center of South Florida and enjoys boating and playing golf.
Business Development Manager
Marin Milan joined ARI Financial Group in 2021 and is part of the business development team for the US and European markets. Born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia, Marin brings a deep understanding of the local market to ARI, key to the firm’s goal of helping global citizens grow and preserve their legacy during their lifetime.
Marin moved to the US in 2014, and as a former professional tennis player, he is a passionate individual, with a competitive nature and deeply committed to everything he does. He started playing tennis as a kid, and after a few injuries, he decided to start his own tennis academy. After meeting ARI Financial’s CEO, Eric Bouskila, Marin decided to become a licensed insurance professional and quickly learned all the intricacies of the business. Marin is now responsible for developing and supporting strong external relationships with clients and prospects.
Marin speaks fluent Croatian and English, and occasionally understands Spanish as every good Miamian. He enjoys going to new restaurants, meeting new people, and can be found afterhours playing tennis around the city.
Stephanie Seaman joined ARI’s In-Force team to support all premium-financed payments, prepare detailed performance reviews for annual meetings with clients, and ensure all transactions are handled effectively and executed flawlessly.
Throughout her career, Stephanie worked with the accounting and financial team at Guatemala’s leading e-commerce company and participated as venture seeker for investors in Guatemala. She also interned in the member relations team at Nimbus Ninety in London and worked on the Financial Advisory team at Deloitte in Guatemala. Before joining ARI, Stephanie was a Portfolio Manager for Kensington Financial Associates.
Stephanie was born in the United States and completed studies in Business Management with a Minor in finance at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. She created and facilitated a 3-week Financial Health workshop at a Female Empowerment initiative in Latin America, as she understands that learning financial basic concepts and strategies opens the door to achieving goals.
Senior Financial Strategist
Lorenzo Marini joined ARI Financial Group in 2018 and his strong technological background immediately made him a go-to person at the office for all technology-related questions although it’s his financial acumen that makes him stand out.
Lorenzo is part of ARI Financial Group’s Advanced Planning Team and works side by side with extremely experienced professionals in the life insurance industry to design tailored financial planning strategies for our clients’ portfolios. Lorenzo is responsible for developing policies’ illustrations and proposals to prospective clients, building a financial model that will fit each client’s needs and tailoring financial strategies that fulfill each client’s requirements.
Lorenzo has received his Bachelor of Telecommunications Engineering with a minor in finance from the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC) in Honduras and is currently in the process of obtaining his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) certifications from The American College of Financial Services.
Lorenzo has Italian and Honduran background and speaks fluent English, Spanish and Italian. He is a very artistic and passionate individual, driven by music and sports, and can be found afterhours playing the guitar, the ukulele, singing or playing soccer.
Ori Yehezkely plays a critical role in the day-to-day operations and management at ARI Financial Group, as she assists ARI Financial case managers in the underwriting process by requesting essential data including all medical information on clients. Her responsibilities include working with carriers to obtain physicians’ medical records, filling out formal applications and ensuring that all pertinent information is submitted in a timely manner.
Ori joined ARI as an In-force Assistant and quickly learned all the intricacies of the business and operations. She used to support all in-force policies, including preparing detailed performance reviews for client annual meetings, and helping ensure all transactions were handled effectively and executed flawlessly.
Ori holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Rochester and was an active member of her community, having worked with underserved youths who have experiences trauma offering therapeutic support system. She was born and lived in Israel until she was 9 years-old, and speaks Hebrew fluently. Ori is also ARI’s official baker, as she’s passionate about baking and often grants her co-workers with delicious cakes.
Sr. Business Development Director
South Florida, US & Latin America
Elizabeth Torres is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Her background in banks and financial wirehouses such as Merrill Lynch, Citibank and Bank Leumi, brings unique perspective to ARI Financial Group. Throughout her career, Ms. Torres’ main focus has been managing clients from all over Latin America, which is why today she is responsible for South Florida and Latin America business development for ARI Financial. She is an integral part of the design and implementation of solutions for clients, end-to-end case management, and customer relationship management.
Since joining ARI Financial Group in 2014, Elizabeth has made significant contributions to the company and its clients. She has built her reputation on developing creative solutions to enhance financial returns for sizeable insurance portfolios. Elizabeth was named 2016 Guardian New Agent of the Year, breaking records as the second consecutive woman and ARI Financial advisor to be awarded this distinction.
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from Barry University and is a licensed life insurance agent. She is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish fluently.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she is passionate about the work she does and being able to provide creative solutions to her clients.
Ron Gottfried, CLU®, ChFC®
Ron Gottfried, CLU®, ChFC®
Senior Financial Strategist
South Florida, US & Latin America
Ron Gottfried brings more than 25 years of experience to ARI Financial Group. In his financial strategist role, he is responsible for the design and implementation of solutions for clients, complete execution of end-to-end case management, and customer relationship management.
As a seasoned professional with a keen eye for understanding individualized client goals and needs, Ron is skilled in developing uniquely effective solutions to enhance the performance of sizeable insurance portfolios.
Before partnering with ARI Financial Group, Ron has worked as a financial advisor, held executive positions in the petrochemical industry, and spent several years as a management consultant to various corporate clients in the insurance, banking, healthcare and petrochemical industries.
Ron holds Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) certifications from The American College of Financial Services. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad de Los Andes.
Elizabeth Latorre, J.D., LL.M
& Tax Consultant
Elizabeth Latorre, J.D., LL.M
International Insurance & Tax Consultant
Elizabeth Latorre has joined ARI in 2021 with over a decade experience in working with Latin American clients helping them achieve their wealth transfer goals using innovative insurance-based wealth structuring solutions.
Her understanding of wealth protection and US tax law having worked with leading corporations — including Citi, New York Life, Deloitte, and JPMorgan Chase — enables her to deliver customized solutions for clients’ individual and business needs. She has significant experience providing cross-border taxation and compliance consulting, wealth structuring and transfer, and fiduciary and individual tax advisory services for high-net-worth clients.
Passionate about empowering and supporting women in the workplace, throughout her career Elizabeth has mentored countless young professional women in helping them advance their careers. Elizabeth earned her law degree from Widener University School of Law in Delaware and Master of Laws in Taxation from Temple University, Beasley School of Law. Elizabeth is a member of the State Bar of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Business Development Manager
Brazil, Latin America
Ligia Braun joined ARI Financial Group in 2020 and is in charge of business development for the Brazilian market. She brings deep understanding of the local market to ARI, key to the firm’s goal of helping individuals in this important Latin America country grow and preserve their legacy during their lifetime.
Prior to joining ARI, Ligia worked for BNY Mellon for 11 years, both in Brazil and New York. For many years she worked in partnership with BNY Mellon’s Brazil Wealth Management business supporting the relationship with local high-net-worth individuals and families.
Ligia holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and attended an Executive MBA in Finance, Investments & Risk from Fundação Getulio Vargas (ABD).
Business Development Manager
Panama, Latin America
Analissa Endara is a savvy and experienced wealth & financial consultant that brings deep understanding of the Panamanian and Latin American markets to ARI Financial Group. Since 2017, she has been responsible for developing and deepening client relationships by providing ARI’s specialized premium finance whole life strategies to high net worth individuals in the region.
Prior to partnering with ARI Financial Group, Analissa had a 15 years career at Scotiabank in Panama. She focused on corporate banking debt structures before becoming Head of Private Banking in the country. Analissa is a remarkable executive who truly cares and goes above and beyond to establish wealth strategies best suited for each family’s profile.
Born and raised in Panama, Analissa is passionate about experiencing different cultures both by traveling and studying abroad. She holds a bachelor’s in finance and business economics from University of Notre Dame, attended studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and a Private Wealth Management LATAM Program at The Wharton School.
Collectively, our talented team of professionals has extensive insurance, investment and business experience. Our diverse industry backgrounds, coupled with our ingenuity, fuse together to provide the most comprehensive service for our clients.
We continuously operate within a client-focused culture, and with the goal of providing top-notch quality service.
Our clients can take comfort in knowing they are receiving the highest level of skill and expertise when partnering with ARI Financial Group.
We are more than a network of advisors operating under different entities, different approaches and different processes. Our team is structured and operates in a systematic and unified fashion.