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350 Essjay Road, Suite 300
Williamsville, NY 14221


(716) 626-2500

Michael Kielbasa

Michael Kielbasa

Retirement Planning Specialist

At Retirement Group

Michael Kielbasa has been with AXA since 2004 and is one of the original members of The BlackOak Group.

Mike holds the Certificate in Retirement Planning designation from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, is series 7, series 65, series 63, and long-term care certified.

Mike’s role in The BlackOak Group is twofold.  First, he focuses his practice on individual and family wealth management and retirement strategies.  Second, he serves as the Director of Planning.

Trust is a value that Mike holds in high regard.  He instills this value into his practice by building long-term relationships with his clients and keeping open communication and dialogue. Mike works with individuals and families on laying a solid foundation on which to build upon so that they may reach short and long term financial goals.  In the ever-changing financial climate, he takes a proactive approach to help secure his client’s future.

As the Director of Planning for The BlackOak Group, Mike is the operational backbone of the group.  His leadership and tenure with the group allow him to provide mentoring and organizational support for the team.  He works within the group to keep the culture family-oriented and helps support the advisors and the administrative team.   

In his own words, the best part of Mike’s tenure with BlackOak has been “forging relationships and friendships with clients and team members along the way – including sharing in their success and helping them through their tribulations.”

Mike believes in serving the Western New York Community, which is why he continues to support Make-a-Wish Western New York and Mikey’s Way through the group’s annual golf tournaments.  Mike also actively supports Mikey’s Way and The FruitBelt Coalition.

Mike resides in Buffalo with his wife Jennifer along his two daughters Emma and Tessa.


The Retirement Planning Specialist title is awarded by AXA Advisors, based upon the Financial Professional’s (FP) receipt of a Certificate in Retirement Planning from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In a collaboration between the Wharton School and AXA Advisors’ affiliate, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (NY, NY), coursework for the certificate was developed exclusively for AXA Advisors FPs, and the title may be used only by FPs who have completed the required coursework and maintain the title through ongoing continuing education requirements. To verify that an FP has earned and holds the title in good standing, contact AXA Equitable Complaints about an AXA Advisors FP should be directed to

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