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Our Team

Aegis has over 65 years combined experience.

Robert E. Lesser, ESQ.

Managing Member

Rob has been practicing law for over 30 years. For 20+ years, he has focused his practice on representing company sponsors and institutional trustees of ESOPs. During that time, he has participated in approximately 300 ESOP transactions. Because of his experience defending trustees before the Department of Labor (DOL), Rob fully understands the processes the DOL requires ESOP trustees to follow in exercising their fiduciary duties. Specifically, Rob played a key role in negotiating and developing with the Department of Labor the Sierra Aluminum Guidelines, the protocols to which all ESOP trustees should adhere. Rob received his BA in Humanistic Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Rob co-founded Aegis with the express purpose of utilizing his vast ESOP experience to protect and advance the interests of ESOP participants.

Howard R. Smolin, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Howard, a cofounding and former member of Aegis, currently serves the Company in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. Howard is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York. He was a partner in a CPA firm located in New York City and spent 28 years practicing public accounting. His experience includes auditing, taxation and management consulting services for a diversified group of privately-held companies. Howard was instrumental in the formation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan for one of his clients. In 2009, he left his public practice to become the company’s President. Howard has gained hands-on experience working closely with financial advisors, trustees, attorneys, valuation companies and a third-party administrator who are all integral parts of an ESOP. Howard has experience serving as a trustee for both inter vivos and testamentary trusts.

Maureen S. Cosgrove, ASA

Senior Vice President

Prior to joining Aegis, Maureen served as Senior Vice President for a large institutional trustee. She has 17 years of experience as a valuation professional. She served as the Managing Director of ESOP Advisory Services at a regional CPA firm and is constantly in front of current issues that the ESOP community faces. Maureen holds a BA in Mathematics from Central Connecticut State University.

Jeremy M. Crystal, Esq.

Vice President and General Counsel

Jeremy has practiced law since 2012. He has extensive experience in business transactions and finance. Additionally, Jeremy has served as general counsel for several companies in the Los Angeles area. He obtained his BA from the University of Miami in 2009 and his JD from the George Washington University School of Law in 2012. He is currently admitted to practice in the state of California and the District of Columbia.

Susan m. Longmire, CRSP

Vice President of Fiduciary Administration

Susan Longmire has more than 20 years experience in retirement plan trust administration and joined Aegis Fiduciary Services, LLC in 2018.  She has extensive experience as a human resource professional, holding positions such as human resource manager and benefits/compensation manager.

In her role at Aegis, Susan manages trust administration to include conversion of existing plans to our platform, onboard new plans post-transaction, process contributions/trust disbursements and provide support to clients for required annual plan audits.  Additionally, she works with plan record keepers to obtain the necessary reports to perform the annual trust accounting of cash activity, plan assets and plan liabilities, resulting in the yearly certified trust statement. Her previous experience as a plan administrator allows her to be a subject matter resource to all our clients regarding plan administration.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, with a major in finance and a minor in accounting. She also holds the national designation of Certified Retirement Services Professional and has completed the ASPPA Employee Stock Ownership Plan Administration Course (ESOP-A).

Julie Bennett

Client Relationship Manager

Julie has been involved in ESOP transactions for ten years. She is a Client Relationship Manager primarily serving Aegis’s clients located in the southeast and is a member of Aegis’s fiduciary committee. Julie is a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership. She also serves on the Executive Membership and Fundraising Committees for the New South chapter of the ESOP Association. Prior to joining Aegis, Julie worked for eight years as a legal assistant at a law firm that represented both ESOP plan sponsors and institutional trustees.

Ginny Machamer

Client Relationship Manager

Ginny is a Client Relationship Manager at Aegis Fiduciary Services having previously spent 24 years as an institutional corporate trustee. She is responsible for maintaining relationships for Aegis’s ongoing ESOP clients throughout the country. At her prior firm, Ginny served on the ESOP Fiduciary and Management committees and currently serves on Aegis’s Fiduciary Committee. 

Ginny holds a Bachelor of Science - Finance degree from the University of Delaware and is a member in both the ESOP Association and National Center for Employee Ownership.  She has also held a membership in the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries.

Ellen Crystal

Director of Marketing

As Director of Marketing for Aegis, Ellen is responsible for cultivating business opportunities and implementing a comprehensive marketing strategy to increase awareness and visibility for the Aegis brand.

Prior to joining Aegis, Ellen had performed business development work with a business consulting firm specializing in acquisitions and divestitures.

Ellen also has experience as a Producer for a branded entertainment national talk show, where she was responsible for contributing and developing programming for brand integration within the programming calendar, including identifying brands and raising capital for the brand integration.

Susan Uva

Compliance Officer

Susan has an extensive background in the creation and implementation of audit programs for all facets of retail operations. Susan’s background includes working as a regional loss prevention manager, with a focus on developing, implementing, training and enforcing procedures to reduce inventory shortages. As our Compliance Officer, Susan will continue to review and refine our internal processes, and ensure that these processes are adhered to in all of our client transactions. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University and a Certificate from Meredith’s Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Program.

Regina (Gina) Martin

Administrative Assistant

Gina is the Administrative Assistant at Aegis Fiduciary Services, LLC. She previously worked at a law firm for over 20 years serving as an administrative assistant and a paralegal.  Aside from her clerical duties, Gina assists in Aegis’s due diligence process in connection with ESOP transactions.

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