Our Team

Meet the Team


Douglas Cabral

Douglas Cabral

CEO

Douglas J. Cabral, the Company’s founder, oversees the business direction and strategy of International Financial Group and its subsidiaries, focusing on leadership, innovation, and its customer’s individual needs. He says, “It is our job as a company to streamline processes, provide superior service, be innovative, and fulfill the needs of our clients at all cost.” Before forming the IFG companies, Cabral served as the chief executive officer of JSM Brokerage Inc. where his focus on customers and innovation improved operational efficiency, and execution led to significant company growth. His experience includes captive insurance, purchasing groups, and implementing risk management procedures. He is licensed as a Property and Casualty Broker/Agent, Life Agent, NYS Licensed Mortgage Broker. Cabral has BS in business administration from Plattsburgh State University. Under Cabral’s leadership, the company grew to three locations servicing over 12,000 clients through the United States. Cabral’s specialty was allocating underserved market opportunities and catering to those needs. Before that, he spent ten years managing his companies in the insurance, private lending, and development sector. He leads a successful effort improving operational efficiency and driving growth. His passion is to innovate, streamline, and improve the effectiveness of IFG’s divisions. Cabral’s strategy and vision with customers, partners, shareholders, and investors are focused; we will hire the best-of-breed at every single layer of the blueprint. The architecture and design of our strategy have been well thought out. We will implement our plan and vertically integrate opportunities to strengthen the layers as we build our firm. Technology and human resources are our greatest asset, and we will treat them as such. Utilizing every resource we have to implement our strategies. Our products and services are designed to cater to our client’s professional needs and services. As business practices evolve along with our client’s needs, we will continue to meet their expectations. The bar for excellence is higher than ever before, and we will surpass the benchmark in all sectors of our company.

Joseph Sawicki Jr.

Joseph Sawicki Jr.

CFO

Prior to becoming the CFO of International Financial Group Ltd., the former Suffolk County Comptroller Sawicki began his accounting career in 1976 with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. (now KPMG) where he worked for two years in their Garden City office. He joined the Suffolk County Comptroller’s office in 1978 as an auditor; in January 1979 he was promoted to Deputy Comptroller. In November 1982 he was elected to the New York State Assembly where he served for nearly six terms. He was the ranking Republican member of the Assembly committees for Ethics and Guidance; Commerce, Industry and Economic Development. In 1993 he accepted the position of Comptroller/CFO of the Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation. In January 2000 he was appointed Chief Deputy County Treasurer where he served until his election as County Comptroller in 2002. As Comptroller, he is responsible for preparing the annual financial statements of the County. As such, each year his office has been awarded the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States.
James R. Gilbert

James R. Gilbert

Business Development

James Gilbert is a high net worth insurance advisor with a sub-specialty in boat and yacht insurance. After 2 years at NYIT studying computer science James realized that he wanted to move money and not computers. He began his career on the New York Stock Exchange at the age of 18 at a specialist firm Stern & Kennedy. While there James climbed the ladder from runner to specialist clerk in only 2 years. At the age of twenty James was one of the youngest specialist clerks on the trading floor. After 4 years on the stock exchange James decided it was time to put his schooling to use and moved back to the East end of Long Island and opened Crave Computers a retail and service oriented store selling custom built computers. At the time James was able to negotiate a reseller agreement with Apple and was one of only a few non-big box stores in New York to do so. After being in the computer industry for 4 years James decided it was time for a change back to a more professional service setting and started his career in the insurance industry. James started working for Cabral Insurance selling boat and yacht insurance. It was a fast paced fun environment and he had finally found his niche. Over the next 10 years James has expanded his knowledge in the insurance industry and gradually moved into specializing in insuring high net worth clientele. James was an owner of JSM Brokerage Inc. an insurance brokerage firm with more than 12,000 clients before coming on and joining the IFG platform. James is married and has two sons. He still enjoys the insurance industry and the diversity he encounters everyday dealing with customers from around the world.

David Braslow

David Braslow

Business Development Mergers and Acquisitions

Braslow at 17 ½ years old,  was already Enlisted in United States Marine Corps. As Veteran of the War on Terror with service spanning the globe, Professionalism, Honor, and Commitment are attributes that were forged during his service in the military. Upon David’s Honorable Service in the military, working high above the streets of New York City as a Union Bricklayer during the day, he earned his BA in International Business at night. David went on to be a Project Manager for a General Contracting firm in New York City, overseeing multi-million dollar accounts. Working directly for the principle owner, David seamlessly completed projects on time always maximizing profits. Always serving in a position of trust and responsibility, and his military background it was natural for David to serve as a civilian federal employee for the United States Government. David has been promoted to positions in agencies such as DHS, DOD, and VA in positions of considerable responsibility, serving in the public’s trust. David possesses a diverse professional background that allows him to help customers navigate this most kinetic business environment.

Thomas Lagomarsino, CPA

Thomas Lagomarsino, CPA

Business Mergers and Acquisitions Sales Director

Prior to joining the IFG team and heading up the Business Merger and Acquisition division Mr. Lagomarsino owned his own accounting firm for fifteen years servicing both individual and business accounting needs throughout New York. Thomas has extensive knowledge of accounting, auditing, and tax preparation experience. He saw the opportunity the IFG platform created and felt he it was the right place to apply his time and knowledge. He stated “I am extremely excited to be a part of this opportunity, apply my years of experience, and cater to our clients needs”. Thomas is certified in Business Mergers and Acquisitions. His knowledge of estate planning, tax laws and regulation offer clients sound advice and planning. He is a proud father two beautiful children and has strong family values.

Frank Schirripa

Frank Schirripa

Legal Counsel

Throughout his career, Mr. Schirripa has specialized in handling highly complex multi-party litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States across a full spectrum of industries (cellular and landline telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, stock broker and exchange, technology, and utilities) and practices (antitrust, consumer and investor fraud and protection, employment, and shareholder derivative actions) that encompass the focus the litigation practice group. Mr. Schirripa has represented the rights of consumers, shareholders and investors in high profile and precedent-setting class action litigation involving such companies as BNY Mellon, Bombardier, Inc., Consolidated Rail Company, Darden Restaurants, Inc., Dynex Capital, Inc., Facebook, Inc., Leap Wireless, Inc., Nicor Corp., The Rawlings Company, SPX Corp., Tidel Technologies, Inc., Volkswagen AG, Westar Energy, Inc., and Williams Companies, Inc. In addition, Mr. Schirripa represented his business and corporate clients’ interests in business formation and reorganization, financing and leasing arrangements, merger and acquisitions, dissolutions, and commercial transactions. Mr. Schirripa has been recognized by his peers as a New York Super Lawyer in Securities and Class Action Litigation. Mr. Schirripa is a member of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section; the Federal Bar Council; New York State Trial Lawyers and the New York Court Lawyers’ Association Mr. Schirripa is admitted to the Bars of the states of New York and New Jersey, the United States District Courts for the District of Colorado, New Jersey, and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Schirripa received his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the State University of New York at Albany in 1999 and his J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School in 2002, where he served as the Chairman of the Moot Court Association. Mr. Schirripa was inducted into the Order of the Barristers.

FAQ

Q: Can I use the money from my Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for investing?
A:  If you have previously set up a “self-directed” individual retirement account (IRA), then you will be able to store alternative assets within your tax-deferred plan, including private placements in venture capital. As with any IRA investment, a self-directed account has built-in, tax-deferred growth– meaning that you would not pay capital gains taxes on the growth of an investment until you are of retirement age and begin to withdraw the funds, presumably at a lower effective tax rate.
Q: Who qualifies as an accredited investor?
A: For individual investors, the SEC tells that an accredited investor is a natural person (as opposed to an organizational entity that may be considered a “legal person”): (1) who owns an individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that is more than $1 million at the time of investment, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person; OR (2) whose income is more than $200,000 in each of the two most recent years or whose joint income (a spouse included) exceeds $300,000 for those years and has a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year.
Q: Who qualifies as an accredited investor for countries other than the US?
A:  If your primary residence for tax purposes is anywhere but the US, your country determines the minimum income or asset requirement that allows you to participate in venture capital investments. The sign-up process for our investment options is, therefore, country-specific; you check off the requirements that are satisfied and, when necessary, specify the reason that you meet each requirement.