Richard Seelaus

Founder and Chairman Emeritus, R. Seelaus & Co., Inc.
Rich began his distinguished career in the investment business at the Insurance Company of North America (INA) in Philadelphia. Starting in the investment department, he quickly rose through the ranks, serving initially as a processor, then as a municipal bond trader, and eventually as a portfolio manager. In 1977, Rich left INA and spent the next 7 years working for a variety of Wall Street broker dealers, including the American Securities Corporation.

In 1984, Rich founded R. Seelaus & Co., Inc. in Summit, New Jersey. With Rich at the helm, the firm has experienced phenomenal growth, starting out as an institutional municipal bond dealer, only to become the full-service broker dealer it is today. Along the way, Rich has worn many hats, serving as trader, salesman, compliance officer, FINRA designated financial principal and FINRA executive representative.

In 2003, Rich earned his Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP) and also went on to serve as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he taught an investment course for CFP certification.  Locally, Rich has served his community as a member of the board of directors at the Oak Knoll School, the Summit Child Care Center and the Beacon Hill Club. Recently, he was elected by the FINRA member firms to serve a three-year term on the FINRA District 9 Committee.

Rich is a U.S. Army veteran and holds a BS in economics from Villanova University and a JD from the Delaware Law School at Widener University.

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Senior Management


Annie Seelaus

Chief Executive Officer, R. Seelaus & Co., Inc.
Annie’s 14 years of experience covering financial markets have been diverse, and she brings a wealth of big firm experience to the trading desks at R.Seelaus & Co., Inc.

Annie spent 9 years with HSBC beginning in the Graduate Training program at HSBC London. She spent two years rotating through various fixed-income departments where she covered insurance companies, money managers and worldwide hedge funds. Her skills, hard work and diligence did not go unnoticed and upon completion of the program she was invited to join the Credit Sales Desk in London covering major institutional accounts. A promotion to Credit Sales in New York City soon followed where she worked as a Senior Vice President on both the Credit Sales and Emerging Markets Desks. Prior to joining R. Seelaus she covered top emerging market asset managers in multi-currency fixed-income products specializing in Latin America, South America and Asia.

Annie’s extensive knowledge of the credit markets, her trading ability and contacts within the corporate and investment communities enhance her ability to serve the firm’s expanding taxable trading department. Since joining the firm in 2009, she has built a team of sales people and traders who are rapidly gaining a reputation for excellence from both institutional and individual investors. Annie became Partner in 2011. She holds FINRA licenses 17, 24 & 63.

Annie grew up in Summit where she attended Oak Knoll School. She earned her Bachelors Degree in History from Princeton University, Class of 2000 and during her time as an undergraduate played for Princeton’s Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey team. Annie currently resides in Short Hills, NJ.

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Ben Seelaus

Chief Operating Officer, R. Seelaus & Co., Inc.
Ben joined the firm as a Managing Director in October of 2014.  Ben spent the first 10 years of his career as a market maker and trader of US Government Bonds for several firms including JP Morgan and HSBC.   Just prior to joining Seelaus, Ben was a Managing Director and Head of US Government Bond trading for Morgan Stanley. 

Ben earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University and is a graduate of Seton Hall Prep.  He currently resides in Short Hills, NJ with his wife and 2 children.  He holds FINRA licenses 7, 24, 63.

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Karolina Pajdak

Chief Finance Officer, R. Seelaus & Co., Inc.
Karolina is Partner and Chief Financial Officer for R. Seelaus & Co. In addition to the finances, Karolina also manages the compliance and office operations for the entire firm. Karolina was originally recruited as a finance and operations administrator and came to the firm upon graduation from Rutgers in 2001. Her dedication, hard work and acumen were quickly recognized and led to her rise through the company and ultimately to her role as CFO.

Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Karolina first completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the State University of New Jersey at Rutgers in 2001. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Business Administration also from Rutgers in 2009. Fluent in Polish, she served as a president of the Rutgers University Polish Club during her time as an undergraduate.

Karolina is licensed in life and health insurance through the New Jersey State Department of Banking and Insurance and is a Financial & Operations Principal.  She holds FINRA licenses 7, 24, 27, 66, and 99.

Committed to serving the greater community and to maintaining close ties to the polish community, Karolina volunteers as a liturgy teacher at St. Bernard’s and Stanislaw Kostka Church in Plainfield, NJ. Karolina currently resides in Colonia, NJ with her husband and two children.

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