P. J. DiNuzzo CPA, PFS™, MBA, MSTx

Founder, President, Lead Consultant

P. J. DiNuzzo is the Founder, President, Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), and Director of Business Development for DiNuzzo Private Wealth, Inc., d/b/a DiNuzzo Wealth Management, d/b/a DiNuzzo Family Office, d/b/a DiNuzzo Middle-Market Family Office, d/b/a DiNuzzo Emerging Wealth (“DPW”) which has operated as an SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm since 1989 and currently manages $987 million in assets under management as of June 30, 2024.  P. J. has devoted his entire professional career to indexing/efficient market theory, retirement planning and educating the public regarding their benefits.  He was approved as one of the first 100 Advisors in the United States with Index Research/Development Leader and Institutional Mutual Fund Manager, Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) in the early 1990’s.  DPW was one of the first few hundred fee-only firms in the U.S. in the late 1980s and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 500 firms in the country by multiple national publications.  Under P. J.’s leadership, DPW has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work”, on numerous occasions, by the Pittsburgh Business Times. 

P. J. has been awarded the prestigious multi-year designation as a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager.  The award is given to wealth managers in Pittsburgh and across the U.S. who satisfy key client criteria and score the highest in overall client satisfaction.

P. J. has earned the distinguished Personal Financial Specialist (PFS™) designation.  The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), a national professional organization of CPA professionals grants the PFS credential only to certified public accountants with a significant personal financial planning education and experience.  Candidates must meet six necessary requirements including an arduous technical exam and a peer review of their ability to demonstrate significant experience in a wide range of comprehensive personal financial planning disciplines.

P. J. has appeared and been interviewed on numerous occasions regarding Strategic Asset Allocation, Portfolio Diversification, Indexing, Rebalancing, and Retirement Income Planning on various Television and Radio programs including: OPRAH & Friends with Jean Chatzky on XM Radio, CNBC- TV Power Lunch, KDKA-TV2 Sunday Business Page with Jon Delano, The Lange Money Hour radio show with Jim Lange, and The Street.com TV. 

P. J. has also been interviewed and quoted on a number of occasions regarding Strategic Asset Allocation, Portfolio Diversification, Indexing, Rebalancing, and Retirement Income Planning in various national, regional, and local Magazines including:  Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Retirement Planning, MarketWatch from Dow Jones, Morningstar, SmartMoney, BusinessWeek, Investment Advisor, Financial Planning, NAPFA Advisor, The Wall Street Transcript, Wealth Management Exchange, Wealth Manager, Bottom Line Personal, IARFC, and Private Wealth magazine. 

He has also been interviewed and quoted on numerous occasions regarding Strategic Asset Allocation, Portfolio Diversification, Indexing, Rebalancing, and Retirement Income Planning in various national, regional, and local Newspapers including:  The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Reuters, Bankrate.com, CBS News, YAHOO! Finance, Pittsburgh Post–Gazette, Chicago Sun – Times, FT.com Financial Times, Smart Money Select.com, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, St. Louis Dispatch, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Investment News, Pittsburgh Business Times, The Sharon Herald, The Christian Monitor, The Beaver County Times, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, The Mutual Fund Wire.com, Gulf News – the United Arab Emirates (UAE), TMC.net, Comcast.net Finance, Rydex Investments, Free Real Time.com, Individual.com, Lockheed Federal Credit Union, Invest n Retire, ABC – TV9 WCPO.com, Fort Worth Star Telegram, KYPost.com, Wealth Manager, Jim Prevor’s  Perishable Pundit, Reading Eagle, The Toledo Blade, Horsesmouth, DemocraticUnderground.com, The Community Investment Network, Daily Herald, Scripps News, The Modesto Bee, Hitched, Prime, El Paso times.com, Paladin Advisor, Advisor Max, Denverpost.com, Oswego Daily News, The Dollar Stretcher, Financial Advisor, The Ledger, Post-Gazette.now, The Columbus Dispatch, Savannah Morning News, and Hampton Roads News Channel.

P. J. is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), Estate Planning Council (EPC) of Pittsburgh, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Planning Insights Panel, The National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), Financial Educators Network (FEN), and the Pittsburgh Society of Investment Professionals (PSIP).

P. J. chose football in lieu of a Major League Baseball offer from the Houston Astros to play with their Class A Team, as he attended and played football at Indiana University under Head Coach Lee Corso in the “Big Ten” (Bloomington, Indiana) and also at the University of Pittsburgh under Head Coach Jackie Sherrill.  He later received his BS in Business Administration from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA.  His graduate studies culminated in an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and an MSTx (Masters of Science in Tax Law) from Robert Morris University at the downtown Pittsburgh Campus.  P. J. received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation from the State of Delaware. 

P. J. serves as a Finance Council Board Member for St. Blaise Church; and is a member of the Department of Finance Advisory Board for Robert Morris University.  He is a volunteer and supports Habitat for Humanity, Red Door Program for the homeless, and commitment to his churches in Midland and Pittsburgh’s Southside.  He previously was a member of the Investment Committee on the Endowment Board for Valley Care Associates, a non-profit organization providing adult day care, home safety consulting, and physical modifications for the elderly in Allegheny and Beaver Counties; and served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh, as a member of their Programs Committee (Food, Clothing, Shelter, Healthcare); he also served on the Board of Directors and volunteered for The Hope House and The Center, both of which are located in Midland, Pennsylvania supporting the women and youth of the community.  He is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania area.  He devoted over 12 years to helping and assisting numerous young men in Pittsburgh’s inner–city and surrounding areas by supporting and coaching over 1,000 basketball games at the AAU, elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school levels attempting to teach and instill in them teamwork, trust, structure, discipline, and hard work.  Professionally, he is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh.   

The Five Star Wealth Manager award is issued by Five Star Professional (FSP).  Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 1,818 Pittsburgh-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 233 (13% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 1779, 252, 14%, 6/1/22, 9/27/21 - 3/25/22; 2021: 1814, 234, 13%, 6/1/21, 9/7/20 - 4/23/21; 2020: 1886, 224, 12%, 6/1/20, 9/16/19 - 4/10/20; 2019: 1667, 251, 15%, 6/1/19, 9/17/18 - 4/12/19; 2018: 1653, 227, 14%, 6/1/18, 9/28/17 - 4/17/18; 2017: 1133, 277, 24%, 6/1/17, 9/27/16 - 4/11/17; 2016: 1064, 423, 40%, 5/1/16, 10/7/15 - 4/19/16; 2015: 1494, 442, 30%, 6/1/15, 10/7/14 - 4/19/15; 2014: 1721, 458, 27%, 6/1/14, 10/7/13 - 4/19/14; 2013: 1777, 545, 31%, 6/1/13, 10/7/12 - 4/19/13; 2012: 1863, 493, 26%, 6/1/12, 10/7/11 - 4/19/12. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria-required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as an RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP's consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP's consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client's experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria-considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager's future performance. Wealth Managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients' assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. For more information visit https://www.fivestarprofessional.com/.