Cuenca, Ecuador – Home to UNESCO-Honored Historic Architecture

A Certified Financial Planner, Robert M. Ryerson serves as the president of New Century Planning Associates Inc. (NCP) in Freehold, New Jersey. He and his team provide a variety of services, including estate and retirement planning in addition to insurance. An avid traveler, Robert M. Ryerson is particularly interested in the culture and scenery of Ecuador. In fact, NCP has recently explored the possibility of establishing a branch office in the Lope de Vega building in Cuenca to serve the needs of the many American expatriates who have made the area their home.

New Cathedral – Photo Courtesy of Yenis Bejas

Thanks to its many examples of colonial architecture, the historic city center of Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca appears on the list of World Heritage sites published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Established in the Ecuadoran interior in the mid-16th century and surrounded by the Andes, Cuenca’s stylized arrangement is the result of stringent adherence to plans set forth by the Spanish king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

The well-preserved buildings of note include the Old Cathedral, built on the site of native Inca ruins at the time of the city’s founding, and the New Cathedral, whose construction began at the close of the 19th century.


Robert Ryerson

Although Robert M. Ryerson completed all the necessary requirements to earn bachelor of arts degrees in both English and economics at Rutgers University, college policy at the time prohibited the issuance of dual degrees. As a result, he graduated from Rutgers with a single bachelor of arts in economics before finding employment as a stockbroker with Shearson Lehman Brothers in New York City. Robert M. Ryerson has since established himself as a respected estate administrator and legacy planner. In addition to his degree from Rutgers, Mr. Ryerson holds professional designations as both a Certified Financial Planner professional and a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist. He has shared his knowledge on the subject of identity theft as the author of the book What’s The Deal With Identity Theft?: A Plain-English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime. He has also covered identity theft issues directly for students as the instructor of the adult education course Understanding Identity Theft: Our Fastest Growing Crime.

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