Our Leadership

The mission and work ethic of the Nationwide Planning Management Team is to consistently be at the forefront in operating and supporting a broker-dealer.  The collective experience of each team member coupled with disciplined management styles and an open door policy enables Nationwide Planning to excel in successfully serving financial advisors and their clients.



Michael De Pol, Founder & Chairman of the Board

Michael began his career in the financial services industry in August of 1990 with a desire to succeed as an entrepreneur. He excelled as a Financial Services Representative by building, from scratch, a base of over 300 clients with over 125 million dollars in assets under management. In the fall of 1992, Michael founded Nationwide Planning Associates, Inc. and over the years built out the infrastructure of the firm with a goal to create an organization that could meet the high standard of services he himself required as a rep. Michael received his BA from Stockton State College in 1989 and was a member United States Air Force Reserve from 1987 through 1995.


Peter Abramenko, Co-Chairman of the Board

Pete began his career as a corporate bond trader at Salomon Brothers in 1985. He received an MBA from Northwestern in 1985 and his BA in Economics from Haverford College in 1983. Prior to joining Nationwide Planning Associates, Pete was the managing director in charge of fixed income for Sigma Capital Advisors. While at Sigma, he managed a global long/short hedge fund portfolio of high yield and investment grade bonds, credit derivatives, equity, equity options and converts. From 2000 through 2004, Pete was the global head of credit for the UBS Internal hedge fund (UBS Principal Finance) where he managed portfolios and teams in New York, London and Asia.


Michael J. Karalewich, CFP®, Chief Executive Officer

Michael began his career in 1999 as an Operations Manager at Margel & Associates where he gained broad experience in the day-to-day operations of running a successful Registered Investment Advisory Firm and managed money platform.  In 2006, Michael joined Nationwide Planning Associates, Inc.  Prior to assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer, Michael served as the firm's Chief Compliance Officer overseeing all legal and regulatory compliance matters. Michael is a Certified Financial Planner and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Ramapo College of New Jersey.


James S. Colleary, CFAChief Compliance Officer

James Colleary is the Chief Compliance Officer of Nationwide Planning Associates, Inc.  Since joining Nationwide Planning in 2010, James' employment with the firm as an Operations/Compliance Principal gained him extensive experience in the day-to-day operations of running a successful Broker/Dealer.  James is a CFA® Charterholder, holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 53, & 66 licenses, as well as life, health, & variable insurance licenses, and received his B.A. in Economics from Ramapo College of New Jersey's AACSB-accredited Anisfield School of Business.
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