the curran mission
Helping families retire with confidence, allowing them to spend time where it matters

We believe in the power of numbers. Our team has decades of experience paired with a mission to redefine quality service.

Tom Curran
Thomas J. Curran
Founder & Co-CEO
Thomas J. Curran is the Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer of both Curran Wealth Management & Curran Investment Management, and owner of HIPPO Tax Services.
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With more than 40 years of experience in the securities business, Tom Curran has served his clients’ financial interests through his dedication and common-sense approach to successful investing.  Tom is a member of the Investment Committee and formulates the investment strategy for the firm. He is also the firm's Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to forming Curran Investment Management, Tom served as Managing Director and Certified Portfolio Manager of Curran Investment Management of Wachovia Securities, where he received firm-wide recognition as a Platinum member of Wachovia's Chairman's Circle of Excellence.

A graduate of Temple University, Tom received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He was a Fels Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Local and State Government. Tom was one of only six advisors nationwide to be named to Research magazine's "2006 Advisor Hall of Fame." Tom was recognized for his superior client service and earning the respect of his peers and the broader community for the honor he reflects on his profession.

Tom began his career at First Albany Corporation, where he spent 24 years. As Senior Vice President and part of First Albany Corporation’s Private Client Group, Tom formed “The Curran Group” in 1996 to provide his clients with discretionary investment management services paired with a strong commitment to personal service. In 1998, the Curran Core Growth Equity portfolio was incepted, commencing a long, independently verified track record of risk-adjusted large-cap domestic equity out-performance that is still ongoing today.

In 2000, First Albany Corporation sold its Private Client Group to First Union Securities. As part of First Union Securities and later through the merger with Wachovia Securities, we continued to build a diverse client base and introduce our investment management services to individual and institutional clients.

In 2004, Tom and his team of eleven investment professionals left Wachovia Securities and formed Curran Investment Management, a limited liability company and federally registered investment advisor.

In 2017, to better reflect the comprehensive services offered, Tom created Curran Wealth Management. Wealth Management better represents all of the comprehensive financial planning services we offer.

Derek Gray
Derek Gray, CFP®
VP of Private Wealth Management

As Vice President of Private Wealth Management, Derek is dedicated to providing clients with financial solutions designed to generate wealth, maximize the value of their assets and enhance their quality of life.

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With a priority of providing the highest level of service and attention, Derek attends to client matters relating to investments, retirement, insurance, tax planning, estate planning and other areas pertinent to the financial well-being of our clients.

Derek arrived at Curran Wealth Management in 2016 already with an extensive experience in the financial industry. Prior to Curran Wealth Management, Derek worked for The Ayco Company, L.P., A Goldman Sachs Company in Albany, NY from 2007 until 2016 as a Senior Financial Planner. At Ayco, his primary role was to provide comprehensive financial planning and implement suitable investment and insurance solutions to a client base consisting of executives of various fortune 500 companies.

Prior to Ayco, Derek first began his financial services career in 2004 with The Phoenix Companies in East Greenbush, NY, where he serviced clients with a variety of life insurance and wealth management products. Derek has obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification from the CFP Board of Standards. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics. Additionally, Derek is a General Securities Representative with Series 7, Series 66, and Series 6 licenses and also possesses his Life, Accident & Health Insurance license from New York State.

Although born in North Carolina, Derek moved with his family to New York and has resided in the Capital District since early childhood. Away from business, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. Additionally, Derek volunteers his time to enhance his profession as an active member of the board of directors for the Northeastern New York chapter of the Financial Planning Association.

Eslyn Hernandez
Associate Private Wealth Manager

As an Associate Private Wealth Manager since joining Curran Wealth Management in 2023, Eslyn primarily supports the Private Wealth Managers by managing client relationships with constant communication, data gathering to prepare for client meetings, opening new accounts, preparing transfers and other money movement transactions.

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Eslyn is a graduate of Union College where he received his bachelor's in Economics. He is also a graduate of the University of West London where he received his Master's in Financial Risk Management. Prior to joining Curran, Eslyn worked at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and Scotiabank.

Outside of work Eslyn enjoys spending time outdoors, going on hikes with his dog, and traveling.