Jason R. Newcomb, CFP®


Jason embarked on his career in financial planning services after receiving a BS degree from Cook College at Rutgers University in 1994.  Upon graduation, Jason joined Madison Financial Group (MFG) where he worked as an associate advisor and was rapidly promoted to Director of Client Services after a six month internship.  In 1997, Jason obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification and became a partner of MFG in 1998.  While with MFG, Jason continued to direct client services while helping to maintain the firm’s clientele.

In 2003, Jason co-founded Newroads Financial Group in Clinton, NJ.  As President, he oversees the firm’s clients, addresses on-going financial planning concerns and manages the day-to-day operations of the firm.  Jason is committed to creating life-long relationships with his clients, and is responsible for helping them with all the decisions and details that come along with today’s complex financial world.

Jason maintains his professional certification with annual continuing education credits and through attendance at various seminars and conferences throughout the country – where he is regularly invited to speak about the firm’s personalized approach to comprehensive financial planning. 

Jason has organized and sponsored a variety of events that enable the firm’s clients to ask questions about relative financial issues and concerns.  He has also appeared in several web-based videos in an effort to educate clients about current market perspectives and to provide updates on Newroads Financial Group.

Jason is an enthusiastic Rutgers alumnus who shows his alma mater spirit with regular attendance at countless RU sporting events.  With his family by his side, Jason enjoys not only home games, but traveling to away games as well.  Jason is an active supporter of all things Rutgers, currently serving as Social Chairperson for the Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club Board, Board Member for the Men’s Basketball Court Club and Chairperson for the RU Baseball annual golf outing.  His involvement with Rutgers athletics helped lead Newroads Financial Group to begin hosting their annual charity event “An Evening with Eric LeGrand” in 2013 in support of finding a cure for Spinal Cord Injury.

Jason resides in Clinton Township in Hunterdon County, NJ with his wife, Debbie and their two children, Jenna and Sean, and their three Labrador retrievers.  Jason enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and of course, anything involving Rutgers!

Ronald J. Garutti Jr., CFP®


In search of providing more detailed and comprehensive written financial plans, Ron joined Newroads Financial Group in July of 2008 following a 13-year stint at Langdon Ford Financial (LFF). Ron had the dual role of advisor and Registered Principal at LFF. Prior to working at LFF, Ron earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Rutgers University School of Business in 1995. He obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM  certification in 2003 and continues to maintain that certification with continuing education credits earned annually.

Ron regularly attends financial services and financial planning seminars and conferences to keep current on the many aspects of comprehensive financial services, including financial planning. Ron and business partner, Jason Newcomb, have appeared in several web-based videos in an effort to educate clients about current market perspectives and to provide updates on Newroads Financial Group.

He has appeared in The Star Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, where he has contributed to multiple financial columns and business related news articles dating back to 2001. He has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Investment News magazine, Growing Wealth magazine, The Daily Record, The Courier News, Entrepreneur.com, and Eons.com. Ron was a Main Platform speaker at both the 2009 and 2010 “Road To Personal Wealth” financial conferences, held at Rutgers University and Caldwell College, respectively.

Ron and Jason are co-founders of “An Evening With Eric LeGrand”. Intended as a one-time event in 2013 to help Eric launch his foundation, Team LeGrand, as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The event was such a success that it continues as an annual event of inspiration and great fun. All expenses associated with hosting and marketing are personally funded by Ron and Jason. As a result, 100% of donations raised go directly to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. To date over $435,000 has been raised and the annual event grows each year.

Ron is highly involved in supporting his Alma Mater. In 2010 he found a new way to support his second home as a guest lecturer. He has lectured as a guest speaker in a financial planning class in the undergraduate School of Management and Labor Relations curriculum. Ron is also a volunteer for the Rutgers Leadership Academy where he helps student athletes with career education. In 2012 Ron became an inaugural volunteer of the Rutgers School of Business teamUP mentoring program where he continues to mentor 1-2 students each semester through a semester long one-to-one goal setting and educational relationship.

Ron, his wife, Jen, and their two children, Devon and Trey, live in Raritan Twp, New Jersey, where they are both very active in their community. Ron enjoys spending time with his family, watching Devon blossom as a young equestrian rider, coaching all of Trey’s sports, an occasional round of golf and following the Rutgers football team wherever they may play. Fun fact – Ron has attended every Rutgers Football bowl game the team has played except The Garden State Bowl in 1978. Ron serves on the Board of the Flemington Falcons and is also a founding member of the Football Coaches Leadership Council for the HC Falcons football team.

Barry Friedson, CFA®, CFP®

Financial Advisor Special Needs Division

Barry started his financial planning career at Allied Wealth Partners, in 2012 after a decade on Wall Street delivering complex trading and portfolio optimization solutions for portfolio managers and traders at various financial institutions including Alliance Capital, Deutsche Bank and Arden Asset Management.

At Allied Wealth Partners, Barry co-founded the Special Needs Division in order to provide financial planning services for the unique needs of families with a child with special needs. Being a father of a son with special needs, he understands the challenges and joys that special needs families face. He works with his clients to ensure that their loved one with special needs can be provided the care that they require throughout their lifetime. Since every family’s situation is unique, he delivers individualized customized strategies for his clients that he considers “Exceptional plans for extraordinary people”. In 2016, Barry joined Newroads Financial as a Senior Financial Planner and still maintains a strong affiliation with Allied Wealth Partners and the Special Needs Division.

Barry has been awarded the Certified Financial Planner TM (CFP ®) designation. To earn the CFP® an advisor must have a bachelor’s degree, have at least three years of full-time financial planning related experience, and complete course work in the following areas: insurance planning and risk management, employee benefits planning, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. The advisor must pass a comprehensive 10 hour examination. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®). In addition to holding his Series 7 and 66 registrations with LPL Financial, Barry is a licensed broker of life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Barry has earned duel engineering degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Barry resides in Scotch Plains with his wife, Denise, their two children. He is involved in many local charitable organizations including The Valerie Fund, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as a family foundation through UJA in New York. Barry is an active member of the Penn and NYU Alumni associations. He is an avid runner having completed multiple full and half marathons and a lifelong fan of the NJ Devils.​

Jennifer Laustsen

Executive Assistant

Jennifer began her professional career in 1988 at the central office of Littman Jewelers in Edison, New Jersey. She graduated from the Cittone Institute with a Legal Office Specialist Certificate in 1994 while working in Littman’s accounting area. Soon after obtaining her certificate, Littman Jewelers offered her the position of Administrative Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Operations. For the next six years, Jennifer learned the fundamentals of business operations and provided executive support.

In 2000, Jennifer turned her focus to raising her children while continuing to work in various part-time sales and customer service positions. She returned to full time employment in 2009 as an Administrative Assistant at Sun National Bank.

Newroads Financial Group was excited to welcome Jennifer as an additional team member in May 2011. She currently provides service to the extensive needs of our clients while using her business operation skills to continuously improve the firm’s administration.

Jennifer, her husband Al, and their two children, Tyler and Shane, reside in Franklin Township in Hunterdon County, NJ, where they are very involved in lacrosse, Boy Scouts and youth group.

Amanda LaGrutta

Executive Assistant

Amanda began her professional career in the Medical Field as Front Office Coordinators/Supervisors in 1994. In 2003, she and her husband Billy relocated to New Hampshire where she embarked on a successful career as a Provider Credentialing Supervisor at Core Physicians LLC. During her time at Core Physicians she worked closely with the VP of Finance. Her job entailed working 1:1 with Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to obtain NH state licenses, hospital privileges and insurance credentialing. Without her dedication and attention to detail, the providers would not have been be able to bill for their services.

In 2016, Amanda returned to New Jersey and worked part-time in retail as a Salesperson until seeking full-time employment at Wegmans of Ocean as a Service Team Leader in 2018. At Wegmans, she demonstrated her exemplary managerial and interpersonal skills and was responsible for all aspects of the Front-End including management of the Service Desk, Maintenance and Helping Hands divisions. Amanda joined the Newroads Financial Group team in February 2021 as an Executive Assistant to Jason R. Newcomb, CFP®, the firm’s president.

Amanda, her husband Billy, and her mom Patti currently reside in Metuchen. Amanda and Billy enjoy Rutgers Athletics and love to volunteer whenever possible. In her spare time, Amanda loves to cook, make crafts, and spend time with family and friends.