Blue Water Capital Management, LLC is a fee-only, independent, Syracuse-based SEC-registered investment advisor. We work with individuals and organizations in the central New York Region to help them make sound financial decisions. Our main areas of specialty are retirement plan consulting, individual wealth management, and third-party asset management.

Who We Are

We are a fee-only financial advisory firm, meaning that our only priority is our clients' financial success. Unlike some other advisors, we do not get paid commissions for selling you certain financial products.  Can we weave in fiduciary somewhere here?

Our financial advisor team members take a holistic perspective to financial planning. We focus on getting the best results for our clients through investment management while helping them plan their finances in a way that balances the future and present.

Thomas W. Brown CRPS®

As a partner, wealth manager, and the Director of Retirement Plan Services for Blue Water Capital Management, Tom helps individuals and businesses with financial planning, investment management, and retirement planning. Tom has over 13 years of experience in financial services and has completed the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) professional designation program, which covers all the phases of setting up retirement plans within businesses.

Stephen D. Swift ChFC®

Stephen is a founding partner of Blue Water Capital Management and, as a wealth advisor, maintains relationships with our clientele and financial advisors. He has more than 33 years of experience and was previously Chief Marketing Officer of a Syracuse-based SEC-Registered investment advisor. He earned his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation in 2001 from the American College.

John A. Paganelli

Heading up Blue Water Capital Management’s operations, trading, and business administration functions, John is a founding partner of the firm. He has over 31 years of experience in finance. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations and Finance at a Syracuse-based SEC-registered investment advisor as well as Vice President of Investment Accounting and Treasurer at Berger Funds mutual fund complex.

Shane F. Rohe

The most recent addition to our team, Shane, is an Advisory Services Associate, providing administrative and operational support to our team and clients. He received his BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

What Our Values Are

At Blue Water Capital Management, LLC, every decision made by our financial advisor team members is guided by our commitment to our clients. This dedication is best described in two values: service and integrity.


We are committed to helping our clients achieve financial success. Whether an individual, family, or business, each client can expect us to work hard to understand its goals and expectations. Then, using that insight to design a thoughtful and effective financial plan.


Transparency and honesty are top priorities for us. We are a fee-only firm, meaning that our only priority is the success of our clients. In every decision and suggestion that we make, we strive to be as clean and open as possible about our thinking and expectations.

See the Blue Water Capital Management Difference for Yourself

Blue Water Capital Management, LLC is a different type of financial advisor. Contact us today to see how we can help you reach your financial goals.