Our Qualifications


Tom DuffThomas Duff - Branch Manager, RJFS
Tom began working with his father in 1992 and continued to enjoy this relationship as co-branch manager in the Brewer office until 2010.  In 2011 as Branch Manager, Tom continued to bring a strong feeling of service to his current and future clients. Tom listens and evaluates our client's life's priorities, assesses their risk levels, sets financial goals and customizes strategies designed to help them reach their goals. Tom started as a file clerk, moving on to data input, and is now one  of the business's registered principals. In 2003, Tom became the Branch Manager and financial advisor for a second office in Millinocket. Tom and his wife, Michelle, live in Brewer with their two children.  His passions are his family, the outdoors, and Michelle's newfound love for horses. Tom is currently a district chairman and treasurer for Maine chapters of Ducks Unlimited.
 
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Joel West - Financial Advisor, RJFS
 
Joel joined the Duff and Associates family in 2003. During this time he has enjoyed developing relationships with both new and existing clients. Joel is as passionate about the clients we serve as he is about investing and stock markets. You will frequently hear him tell people "the two most important things in investing are that you understand your investments, and that you are comfortable with them". If you find that you are one of the people that would like to become more comfortable with your
investment path, he may be just the guide your looking for in the process.
 
In his free time, Joel enjoys spending time with his family and friends enjoying nature and the woods and waters of Maine.
 
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Gayle Pierce

Gayle Pierce – Administrative Assistant / Office Manager, RJFS

Gayle has been a part of the Duff and Associates family since 1999, starting as an entry level Administrative Assistant and now holds the position of Office Manager. She is dedicated to ensuring that the daily operations of our office run efficiently and professionally. Thus allowing you the best possible experience each time you call or come in. Gayle is currently studying for her Series 7 license.

Gayle has three grown children and families; Christopher, Joseph & Laura, Renee' & Benjamin. She loves spending time with them and especially with her three grandchildren; Isabella, Ethan and Landon. Time spent with her family keeps her busy on her days off.


Sarah Huff - Administrative Assistant, RJFS

Sarah joined the Duff and Associates family in March of 2005.  She retired from the US Naval Reserves in 2004, and moved to Maine with her husband Jon, and three children.  Having been  with Duff and Associates over ten years, her family has grown and changed.  Two children are on their own, and she will be celebrating her first grandchild's second birthday soon.

Sarah is usually the first contact you will have with our firm, either in the front office, or on the phone.  Sarah helps to keep the office running, by making appointments, keeping records up to date, and assisting with various client services.

In her off time, Sarah enjoys reading, various sewing crafts, and spending time with her family.