Cathy Pareto MBA, CFP®

Cathy Pareto 

President and Founder

Cathy Pareto, MBA, CFP®, is the Founder and President of Cathy Pareto & Associates, Inc., which has been named in Forbes as one of the Top 10 Most Dependable™ Wealth Managers for Women in the U.S. as well as being selected to Worth Magazine’s list of America’s Top Wealth Managers for 2008.

For twenty five years, Cathy has been helping successful individuals pursue their financial goals and objectives. She has extensive experience in retirement issues, asset allocation, investment selection, investment management, education planning, estate planning coordination, and asset protection strategies.

Cathy earned her BA in Finance and later her Executive MBA at Florida International University, graduating in the top three of her class and as a result she was inducted into the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma Graduate Business Honors Society. Additionally, she was an Adjunct Professor and Faculty Coordinator for the CFP® Program at Florida International University’s College of Business.

Cathy is a candidate enrolled in the Investments & Wealth Institute’s Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) Certification via the Yale School of Management online learning platform.

Cathy Pareto is a sought after source for the financial media. Her articles have been published in numerous periodicals and websites, including, Yahoo Finance, Investopedia, Women in Business, Miami Medicine, Florida Medical Business,, My Financial Advisor,, and Her media contributions include quotes in BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, The Miami Herald, The Sun Sentinel, CNNfn, Latina Magazine, Hispanic Trends, AARP’s Segunda Juventud, and many other financial publications. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including CNBC’s “Power Lunch”, Fox Business News “Your Questions, Your Money”, NBC’s “South Florida Today”, WLRN/NPR’s “Topical Currents”, “Wealth & Wisdom”, Total Picture Radio, Landed Radio and more.

Professional Associations

  • Greater Miami Estate Planning Council – Board of Directors 2006-2012
  • NAPFA National Association of Personal Financial Advisors – South Region Board Member 2007-2009
  • Financial Planning Association – Past Member of the Board of Directors
  • The Miami Foundation – GLBT Projects Fund, Professional Advisory Committee member
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church – Member of the Vestry, Term 2018-2021
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida Endowment Committee - Vice Chair 2021-current

Professional Accolades

  • Advisor HQ, Best Financial Advisors in Miami 2018-2021
  • Worth Magazine, Top 250 Wealth Advisors 2008
  • Forbes Magazine, Top Ten Most Dependable Wealth Managers for Women in U.S. (Goldline Research), 2008
  • South Florida Business Journal, 40 Under 40 List, Class 2009 – honoring the region’s best and brightest professionals under 40 years old for their professional success and community involvement

Cathy is fluent in both English and Spanish. Cathy enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in the community, listening to music, Zumba dance classes, singing Karaoke, going to the beach and traveling.