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Thomas M. Parlon, RICP, MBA

Owner, Financial Advisor


I grew up in Hyde Park, went to St Sebastian’s, and earned a BS and MBA from Northeastern. I was fortunate to play hockey and captain the team in my senior season, but we did not win a Beanpot!

I joined the Boston Police as a Cadet and spent about five years with the department. The next question that usually gets asked is, “why did you leave?”  Honestly, it was one of the most difficult decisions I made up to that point in my life.  I caught the finance “bug” my senior year at NU.  However, I still had the desire to be a “cop”- it’s what I knew and grew up around.  About a year after graduating from the academy and with my interest in finance growing, I decided to get my MBA.  A few years later, after earning my MBA, I had the opportunity to join an investment firm.

I wrestled with the decision for a long time and consulted with family and friends. Some suggested trying to do both police and finance.  However, I had too much respect for the profession, the department, and my partner not to be wholly committed to being a police officer. I did not think it would be fair to my partner or fellow police officers if I were not "all in.”  Moreover, it could be potentially dangerous to myself and those around me if I was not 100% "there” during my shift.

It’s been over 20 years since I made the transition, and the next question that usually gets asked is, “Do you miss the job?” About a year after I made the move into finance, 9/11 happened.  While both the finance and 1st responder communities were directly impacted, I remember watching the NYPD and NYFD do what they do best and “answer the call.”  Heroism in action-an unwavering commitment to help.

In April of 2013, the Boston Marathon bombing happened.  I had family, close friends, and former co-workers working there that day.  Again, the response from the BPD, EMS, and medical personnel was heroism in action

I know I did not become a police officer to one day get the chance to be “a hero.”  I put on that uniform, like so many continue to do today, to help make a difference in somebody’s life.

From a financial perspective, that is my goal with BLF-to answer the “call” and be of service. I welcome the opportunity to make a difference in the financial lives of 1st responders and their families.

Some days, I miss “the job,” but every day, I miss the camaraderie and the collective desire to help. Today, I am grateful to be in a position where I can provide financial guidance to people I consider friends.

I love Paul Harvey’s "Tribute to a Police Officer," it is well worth the three minute listen and rings so true in today’s environment.

Donna Johns

Financial Planner


Often times we go through life dealing with day-to-day challenges, overlooking that as each day goes by, we are in our future. A future that we have not fully financially prepared for. My goal is to partner with you to assist you in planning your today so that you are better prepared for your tomorrow.

Working with individuals and business owners to assist them with clarifying their financial goals and developing pathways to achieving them through comprehensive analysis and assessment, and strategic implementation.

Over eight years in the financial services industry

        • Earned my MBA from Northeastern University
        • Earned my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT
        • Previously worked at Verizon for over 30 years in a variety of areas, including project and engineering management and network provisioning
        • Series 6, 63, and 65 licensed
        • Life, Accident & Health Licensed in MA, NY and RI

Our team approach adds perspective to all we do and provides increased benefits to our clients.