The Story of Lake/Water

Lake Water Advisory started from a desire to give high-earning families ignored by traditional institutions, personalized financial advice. With over a decade of experience,  Dan had a greater vision to create a firm that was more closely aligned with his core values of transparency, fiduciary duty, integrity, trust and objectivity. 

Dan Bennett, CFP® - Founder & Financial Advisor

B.S in Finance at Florida Southern College


Certified Financial Planner ™ , Northwestern University

"What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to the values of transparency and education. I believe every client should have a clear understanding of their financial situation and the strategies we develop to help them achieve their goals.

That’s why I take the time to educate the families and businesses I serve about the options available to them and empower them to make well informed decisions."

Dan shares his extensive financial experience with clients across the country by taking a modern approach to financial planning.  He serves high-earning families by helping them make smart decisions with their money.  Specialities include; investment planning, retirement strategies, business entity structuring,  insurance,  estate and tax planning.

Most of Dan’s spare time involves spending time with his wife Candice, daughter Lennon, and son Hayes. They currently reside in Skaneateles, NY and love exploring, trying new restaurants, and staying active.

Susan Jenkins - Operations

B.A from Bucknell University
J.D from Suffolk Law


Susie has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. With a specialty in investments, retirement plans, client relations and compliance, Susie has  served in many capacities including Private Clients Relationship Manager, Fiduciary Officer, Managing Director, Retirement Plan Education Specialist and Retirement Team Coordinator.

Susie holds her Series 7, 63 and NY State Life & Health Insurance Licenses as well as a law degree from Suffolk Law.

Susie lives in New Hartford, NY with her husband and 3 children. In her free time, Susie enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and being a dedicated sports mom.

Kathy DeLuca - Director of Operations
“When interacting with us, our goal is for you to provide you with Ritz-Carlton level of attention, no matter the simplicity or complexity of your service needs.”

Kathy is director of operations and leads the team by streamlining communication and keeping clients happy. 

Kathy has  been happily married to her husband of 31 years who, believe it or not, met on a blind date!

They have two children and reside in Frankfurt, NY.. When time allows, she enjoys reading, crafting, and traveling. Greece is up next on her bucket list!

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Derek Prusa, CFA, CFP® - Investment Committee

Derek has worked in many roles within the financial industry – as a paraplanner, senior analyst, portfolio manager and financial advisor.

Previously, Derek was a key employee at one of the fastest-growing private companies in America (ranking as high as #10 on Inc. 500’s list), where he was in charge of managing over $3.8 billion in assets.

Derek holds the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®). In 2015, he appeared on the Think Advisor 30 under 30 list, named a young professional transforming the industry.

Andrew VanDerSchaaf, CPA
Andrew VanDerSchaaf, CPA - Investment Committee

Andrew has spent nearly 10 years scaling one of the fastest-growing Registered Investment Advisory firms in the country, giving him a unique vantage point in the industry.

With a passion for helping deliver smart, affordable financial advice, he has coached and trained hundreds of financial advisors on what it takes to build a successful practice and better serve their clients.

In addition to holding his Series 65 securities license, Andrew is also a licensed public accountant, cutting his teeth in the finance world at one of the largest CPA firms in the country.

Benjamin Webster, CFP®
Benjamin Webster, CFP® - Investment Committee

Ben has had the pleasure of working in various roles within the financial industry for many years. He gained valuable experience previously working at one of the fastest-growing private companies in America (ranking as high as #10 on Inc. 500’s list), where he led a team of financial planners who ran plans for advisors across the country.

Ben received his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 2018.

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