Who We Are

David J. Switala,


Involved in the financial services profession for over 29 years. During that time, he has earned both the CLU, (Chartered Life Underwriter), and ChFC, (Chartered Financial Consultant), designations. Dave is the president and founder of the Chautauqua Investment Club, a member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals and the National Association of Insurance and Investment Advisors, past president of the Falconer Kiwanis Club, past chair of Hospice Chautauqua County, and a former board member of the Jamestown BPU.

John V. LaBardo,


In the financial services profession for over 20 years. He holds a masters degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. John is a board member of Jamestown Area Meals on Wheels, president of Southwestern N.Y. Track & Field Officials Association, and a past member of St. James Church Parish Council. John is also a member of the National Association of Insurance and Investment Advisors.

Christopher D. Switala

Recently joined the Southern Tier Financial team in 2011. Christopher holds a degree in Corporate Communications and Business from Queens University of Charlotte.

Prior to joining Southern Tier Financial he worked in Public Relations and Marketing in New York City and throughout New Jersey. As Managing Director of an agency he was responsible for the launches of municipal, regional and corporate campaigns throughout the region. Christopher also achieved sales and marketing acclaim with luxury brand Louis Vuitton as a top national brand representative. Hailing originally from Jamestown, Christopher is excited to return to the area to join the Southern Tier Financial team and be a part of the Western New York State renaissance.

As a licensed financial representative in Life, Health and Accident Insurance, Christopher assists the Southern Tier Financial team in providing individual and group financial products. Christopher is committed to making a positive impact on people’s lives by providing financial clarity and service to individuals and professional entities.