Associates

At Northwestern Mutual, Schaumburg, we're proud of the success our Financial Representatives have found and know that we would not be successful without them. We share their enthusiasm and drive, and are proud to foster an environment that allows our associates the opportunity to continue to grow.

What does it take to become a successful financial representative? Is it a willingness to serve others? Are individuals drawn to the career because of their recognition of the value of human life? Has an internship opportunity offered a new experience and evolved into a way of life? Get some insight from member of our team.

Meet the Members of Northwestern Mutual, Schaumburg.

 
 Anthony Rockwell Myers

Anthony Rockwell Myers, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®

Business & Estate Planning Specialist
anthony.myers@nm.com

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While Tony was attending Northern Illinois University, he was drawn to Northwestern Mutual by the prospect of unlimited opportunity for professional achievement. In 1998, he joined Northwestern Mutual as a College Intern. Upon graduation in December of 1999, Tony became a full-time representative and has enjoyed helping his clients achieve financial security. In 2009 and 2013, Tony was recognized as the Number One Financial Representative in the Effner Financial Group, out of over 100 representatives.

Continued Growth

Continuing to deliver on his commitment to help his clients achieve financial security, Tony earned both his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®)and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL®) designations from the American College, and his series 65 license.

 

Asad Hasan Ahmed

Financial Representative
asad.ahmed@nm.com

 
 Brad David Dodge

Brad David Dodge

Financial Representative
bradley.dodge@nm.com

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 Brandon H Asher

Brandon H Asher

Financial Representative
brandon.asher@nm.com

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Brandon started with the Northwestern Mutual-Schaumburg Office June of 2016.  He graduated from Roosevelt University with a degree in Finance and Economics.  Brandon is ready to start educating his market on purposeful financial planning to help his clients reach financial security.

Brandon has been playing soccer his entire life and also played at Roosevelt University.

 

 

Cameron Addison Mager

Financial Representative
cameron.mager@nm.com

 
 Charles H Janka

Charles H Janka, ChFC®, CLU®

Financial Advisor
chuck.janka@nm.com

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Chuck Janka has been a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual since 1987.  He started with Northwestern Mutual as an intern while attending Illinois State University.

Chuck specializes in working with professionals in the area of financial planning. He is a member of The Chicago Estate Planning Council, the National Association of Financial Advisors, and the Financial Planning Association.

Chuck lives with his wife, Kristie and sons; Nicholas, Max and Jack in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. When he’s not working he enjoys playing golf, especially with his sons.

 
 Christopher J Ellensohn

Christopher J Ellensohn

Financial Representative
christopher.ellensohn@nm.com

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Chris became a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in February of 2012.  He grew up in Deerfield and went to Oakton College.  While trying to kick-start a career in the music business, his entrepreneurial spirit beckoned when he discovered an underdeveloped niche in the printing industry.  He founded Arkay Graphics at the age of 20 and was able to eventually return to his musical endeavors as a published songwriter and owner of a music production company, and record store.  These diverse experiences allow him to relate to a wide range of clientele.

His desire to be a purveyor of financial peace of mind for his clients was piqued as a Northwestern Mutual policy holder.

Chris is married to Candice and they have two boys, Greyson-7, and Zander-5.  They live in St. Charles where they take part in neighborhood activities and enjoy spending down time together.  The kids are record collectors and avid music fans as well.  Greyson is learning guitar while Zander is sticking to drums.  Look for them at a local venue near you in a decade or so.

 
 Daniel T Hillmer

Daniel T Hillmer, CLU®, CLTC

Financial Representative
daniel.hillmer@nm.com

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Daniel T. Hillmer has been with The Northwestern Mutual and the Carr Group since 1989. Dan graduated from Texas Christian University in 1988 with a B.A. degree in finance and a concentration in commercial real estate. Dan lives in La Grange Park with his wife, Birgit, and their daughter Elly.

 
 David A. Pobol

David A. Pobol

Financial Representative
david.pobol@nm.com

 
 David C Park

David C Park, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC®, CASL®

Financial Advisor
david.park@nm.com

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David Park has been a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual since 1991.

Before becoming a Financial Representative, David was a student at Illinois State University. He was an economic major and after five years of operating a service business, David sought a career where he could utilize his major field of study.

David resides in South Elgin, Illinois with his wife, Wendy and their three children, Nicholas, Nathan and Nevin, and their dog Petey.

Outside of work, David coaches his kids' baseball team or is at the lake in Wisconsin with his family.

 
 David H Johnson III

David H Johnson III, CPA, MBA

Retirement Plan Specialist
david.h.johnson@nm.com

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My career as a Retirement and Pension Specialist with Northwestern Mutual is really a continuation of, and draws upon, my previous work experiences:

1979 – 1991: Ernst & Young (and predecessor firms)
Partner in charge of financial services consulting - Midwest region

1991 – 2000: Corus Bank (and predecessor banks)
President, Aetna Bank
Chairman, Bancorp Operations Company
EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Bank

2000 – 2002: Cole Taylor Bank
Group Senior Vice President, Trust Dept.
Retirement Plans Business Unit

My background has given me the opportunity to become knowledgeable in retirement analysis, and also to understand the corporate environment while relating to the needs of individual employees. I am, by nature, a facilitator, a knowledge–sharer and a teacher, with a great deal of enthusiasm. This is ideally suited to my role here at Northwestern Mutual.

 
 Emily Louise Cardot

Emily Louise Cardot

Financial Representative
emily.cardot@nm.com

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Emily L Cardot is a registered representative of Northwestern Mutual. The focus of her practice is to build value in a meeting by identifiying goals and desgining personalized plans.

She has a background in entrepreneurship and small business management. By pursuing her career in finance, it allows her to create impact in the lives of others. It is her belief that the greatest way to add value to clients lives by educating them on the financial tools that are available to them. She enjoys teaching during these one on one meetings so they can work confidently throughout the planning process.

Emily grew up on a small farm near Peru, IL and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Millikin University in Decatur, IL. She is licensed in core products such as Life, Health, and Fixed Annuity licensed.

On the weekends you can find her hopping on her 1981 Honda, weather permitting. Today you can find her illustration work in the Children's book Super Sassy Spectacles.

 

Eric F Fichter

Financial Representative
eric.fichter@nm.com

 
 G Jay Kolka

G Jay Kolka

Financial Representative
jay.kolka@nm.com

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Jay Kolka has been helping clients through Northwestern Mutual since 2005.

After graduating from Northwestern University and Loyola Graduate School of Business, a successful career in the corporate world and helping raise 3 great children, Jay decided to put his professional and human life skills to work helping others realize a secure financial future.

Jay works with successful and responsible executives, families and small business owners. He helps them create and feel confident about their comprehensive personal, business and legacy plans.

He lives in Schaumburg with his wife Pat and enjoys trying to stay fit and spending time with family.

 
 H Ronald Ronald Schagrin

H Ronald Ronald Schagrin, CPA, CLU®, CASL®

Financial Advisor
ron.schagrin@nm.com

Ron joined Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as a Financial Representative in 1993. Ron has the distinction of being both a college intern and a career changer. As an undergraduate majoring in insurance and accounting, he interned with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network during his senior year, but opted to continue his education.

Earning a MBA Ron's career has involved: financial consulting with a top public accounting firm, corporate accounting and finance with a Fortune 100 company, and commercial/institutional real estate investment advisory work.

Upon re-examining both career and personal goals, Ron explored various options in the financial services industry. The reputation, quality and integrity of Northwestern Mutual, as well as their philosophy of having financial representatives operate their own practice/business were what led him back to his current career path.

 Ron has also received a Community Service Award for his work with the Boy Scouts of America in the Northwestern Suburban Council.

 
 James Andrew Adrian Jr

James Andrew Adrian Jr, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, CAP®

Long Term Care Specialist
james.adrian@nm.com

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I am an entrepreneurial business owner, who successfully started, grew, and sold three interrelated corporations while adhering to a vertical integration business model. After 16 prosperous years of operating these companies, I transferred into retirement at the age of 37 upon selling to a Fortune 500 Company. In 2005, I was recruited by Northwestern Mutual to interact with closely held business owners and entrepreneurs in order to assist these individuals in reaching their financial goals and help them turn their dreams into reality.

 
 James Barrett

James Barrett, MBA

Financial Representative
james.barrett@nm.com

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James became a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in April 2012. He was introduced to the opportunity by his personal financial representative. Prior to joining the Carr Group, James worked at Bank of America, where he began working shortly after graduating from Northwestern University with a bachelor's in economics and an MBA in Finance, Management Strategy, and International Business.

James was most attracted to working with Northwestern Mutual on account of the company's philosophy and its mission to build a client relationship-based business..

Originally from Scotland, James is a sports enthusiast, and enjoys playing golf, tennis, and football (soccer). He currently lives with his wife Dee, and their three daughters: Peighton, Keira, and Mollie, in the Old Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago . ..

 
 Jessica A Patera

Jessica A Patera

Financial Representative
jessica.patera@nm.com

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Jessica Patera was introduced to Northwestern Mutual through Jon Dickinson, a long-time friend and current representative with the Schaumburg office.

Jessica graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in architecture in 2009. As she pursued her architecture career as a marketing/project manager she was introduced to Northwestern Mutual from a project she was working on; in 2011, she made a career change and joined Northwestern Mutual.

Since joining Northwestern Mutual, Jessica has achieved Pacesetter 40 in 2011. She enjoys having a career in which she has the opportunity to sit down with people on a daily basis and learn about them while being a financial resource to them at the same time. She continues to work closely with people in the engineering and architecture fields.

Jessica currently lives on the Northside of the city in Edison Park to be close to family; she lives with her boyfriend, Scott and their dog, Bella. When she has time away from her business, she enjoys spending time with his family and friends and both playing and coaching volleyball.

 
 John A Klich

John A Klich, CLU®, ChFC®


john.klich@nm.com

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John Klich started with Northwestern Mutual in 1999.  In his career, John has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table multiple times as a Qualifying Member from 2004-2014 including the exclusive “Court of the Table” designation over the last few years.  He has also qualified for numerous company awards and has received the Emmett Steele Rookie of the Year award early in his career. 

John specializes in working with successful individuals and small business owners in the areas of insurance, investment, and wealth accumulation strategies.  He is a member of the St. Ignatius College Prep Estate and Tax Council.  He graduated from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

John is married to Kelly and has two daughters, Kyla and Emma.

 
 John V Tibensky

John V Tibensky, M.A., CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®

Financial Representative
john.tibensky@nm.com

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John Tibensky graduated with a BA in Economics from Beloit College and with an MA in Economics from the University of Illinois Urbana. John worked in the asset investment and management department of CNA Insurance before joining Northwestern Mutual. He became a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in 1979 and joined the Schaumburg office in 2011.

John earned the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations, is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and has earned the National Quality Award for over 20 years. In 2012, he was recognized as a “Big Ten” financial representative in the agency.

John has one son and is married to his wife, Linda. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and living life to the fullest.

 
 Jonathan G Dickinson

Jonathan G Dickinson

Field Director
jonathan.dickinson@nm.com

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Jon has been a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual since 2007.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.  Jon is originally from a small farming community in Carthage, Illinois and was introduced to the Carr Group through an ISU career fair.

Since joining Northwestern Mutual, Jon has concentrated on hard work and high activity. He is a member of Centurion Club and was Associate of the Year with the Carr Group in 2009. He is currently one of the Carr Group's top representatvies in overall production and is continuously working to grow his practice and expand his markets.

Jon currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Kiki and daughter Maggie.

 

 
 Kaylee Baginski

Kaylee Baginski

Financial Representative
kaylee.baginski@nm.com

 
 Kevin M Pabst

Kevin M Pabst

College Unit Director
kevin.pabst@nm.com

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Kevin grew up in Arlington Heights, IL, and is the youngest of three children.  He attended Michigan State University where he played club hockey and won a national championship in 2013. He started his internship with Northwestern Mutual in January of 2011. He graduated with an Economics degree in May of 2013. 

Immediately following graduation, Kevin converted to a full time financial representative with NM, because he knew this career could give him what he wanted for himself and his future family.  In his two and half years following the internship, he served as a college unit captain for two summers to give back and help grow the internship program.  He is now the official College Unit Director in the Schaumburg District Network Office. He is a 75 lives producer, and has also received the Bronze and Silver Award for new financial representatives. He is excited to build a great team and internship business unit.  

Kevin currently lives downtown with his fiance, Kelly and their 4 year old Boston terrier.  In his free time he likes to play sports and be on the water at his family’s lake house in Twin Lakes, WI.  Kevin enjoys spending time with his family and is excited to have just become the best uncle ever to his new nephew Henry Jay.

 
 Mark A Rizzo

Mark A Rizzo, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, ChSNC, AEP®

Senior Financial Representative
mark.rizzo@nm.com

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Mark has been a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual since September 1977.  Mark received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1973. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual Mark was Assistant to the Athletic Director and Head Trainer at Loyola University of Chicago.

Mark’s practice is family value centered as well as working with business owners and professionals. He places himself, as best as possible, in his client’s situation before making a recommendation.  This makes the recommendation appropriate for the individual client.   

He was presented with Northwestern Mutual's Community Service Award in 2000 for his work with Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area.  He is involved with other civic groups in Elgin where he lives with his wife, Karen, daughter Rebecca, and son Tony.

 
 Mark R Guskey

Mark R Guskey, CLU®

Financial Representative
mark.guskey@nm.com

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“Listen, evaluate, follow through, and always do the right thing”.

                                                                           -Mark Guskey

As a Disability Income Specialist and Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual , Mark’s mission is to help clients gain clarity, purpose and confidence in their financial decisions.  Similar to the mission of Northwestern Mutual,  Mark emphasizes doing the right thing for the client every time.  He listens, breaks down the complex issues into manageable tangibles, follows through to the end and always does the right thing -- just as he would do for himself and his own family if faced with a similar situation.  When Mark spends time helping clients define their goals and dreams, and develops solutions to achieve those dreams, he knows he has provided value.  Let Mark Guskey help you secure your financial future.

 
 Martin T Cappelle

Martin T Cappelle, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®

Financial Representative
martin.cappelle@nm.com

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As a wealth management advisor, Marty takes great pride in sharing his experience and expertise to educate his clients so that they can make sound decisions to accomplish their goals and improve their futures.  Education is his priority.  In choosing him, you will be convicted in the solutions they help you implement because you will fully understand how their tailored recommendations positively change your financial path to achieving your definition of financial freedom, security and success.

Marty and his team will work with you to discover your concerns, goals and dreams.  They will tirelessly endeavor to ensure that you are educated about all your options and guide you to take action on specific recommendations that have your family’s welfare as the only priority. As your life unfolds and circumstances change, they will engage with you to revise existing strategies to meet challenges head on and celebrate your victories along the way.

Marty and his team will walk you through enlightening discussions around Education Planning, Retirement Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Strategies, Estate Planning and Business Planning.  Since joining Northwestern Mutual in 2003, Marty has been helping clients find comfort in their futures and realize their goals.  He specifically enjoys spending his time helping clients plan for their income needs in retirement and has the expertise to help clients achieve the highest possible likelihood of success.

Marty has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Math and a Masters of Physical Therapy, both from Marquette University.  He is active with the MU alumni community and supports Feed My Starving Children and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  He loves spending time with his two daughters and friends and playing golf.

 
 Matthew J Kahn

Matthew J Kahn


matthew.kahn@nm.com

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 Matt has been a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual since 2007. He attended Illinois State University, where he was introduced to the Schaumburg office during an internship fair. He graduated from ISU with a degree in marketing and shortly after went on to become a full-time representative. Matt was very involved in the Professional Sales Institute in the College of Business because of his passion for working with and helping people.

Matt grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and currently lives in the city downtown with his girlfriend, Kelly and their dog.  When he has time away from his business, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  

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 Michael A Lankford

Michael A Lankford

Field Director
michael.lankford@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Mike Lankford began his career with Northwestern Mutual's nationally honored, Top 10 Internship1 as a Financial Representative Intern in 2007. He spent three years learning how to build financial plans; while also doing his due diligence to interview at other industry leading companies.  Ultimately, the time and attention that Northwestern Mutual focused on the client relationship and client experience is what led Mike to join the firm.  Lankford once stated, "I wanted to represent a company who has values that align with mine.  My team and I focus on our clients first.  It gives great confidence to know that Northwestern Mutual does the same."

 

Mike Lankford has been recognized as a Top 10 Financial Advisor in his agency for four consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015). In 2014, he was the #1 Advisor within the agency of over 100 Financial Advisors.  In 2015, Mike earned membership into the elite "Forum Group" of Northwestern Mutual.  This Group represents the top 5% of advisors out of Northwestern Mutual's 6,000+ advisors. 

 

Mike Lankford grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and returned to the Chicagoland area after his undergrad. He met his wife while in college; and married Alisha in 2010.  Mike and Alisha have two daughters, Mackenzie and Abigail.  They live in Hawthorn Woods and enjoy being close to family, friends, and their church. They enjoy spending time as a family, going to Cubs games, and at their golf club, Ivanhoe.

 

 

 

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 Michael E Bartenhagen

Michael E Bartenhagen, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC®

Financial Advisor
michael.bartenhagen@nm.com

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Michael Bartenhagen has been a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual since 1990. Michael graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Michael currently lives in Glen Ellyn with his wife, Jennifer, and their children Matt and Will. In his free time Michael volunteers with Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park.

 

 
 Nisarg Patel

Nisarg Patel

Financial Representative
nisarg.patel@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Nisarg Patel graduated from University of Illinois-Chicago in May 2016 with a BS in Finance. He currently serves as a Financial Advisor and an Intern Captain. His passion for planning stems from his love of personal development and architecture; every meeting is an opportunity to help an individual or family design their lifestyle in a way that aligns with their goals and values.

When he is not working, he enjoys reading, fitness, and spending time with friends and family – anything that enhances the human experience

 
 Pritesh S Patel

Pritesh S Patel

Financial Representative
pritesh.patel@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Pritesh (Prit) Patel grew up in a small town in North Dakota.  After leaving North Dakota, he moved to Chicago where he did his undergraduate studies and met his wife.  Due to the small town upbringing, Prit finds himself helping others with many issues in life.  These life issues have brought Prit to one of the biggest issues that concern us today; personal finance.  Prit has a passion for helping people reach their goals both personally and financially.

In Prit's spare time, he enjoys coaching his 2 son's baseball and basketball teams.

 
 Robert Marin

Robert Marin, CLU®

Financial Advisor
robert.marin@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Robert has been a financal representative with Northwestern Mutual since 2001 and was appointed Field Director in 2009, in which he spends 30% of his time training, developing, and mentoring new financial representatives.  Robert has qualified for the Industry National Quality Award 6 times and has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (2006-2008, 2010-2012) .

Robert’s mission is to develop enduring relationships with clients by providing expert guidance for a lifetime of financial security. Robert Marin works with clients to identify their definitions of financial security and then focuses on solutions that can help make those financial goals a reality. He helps find the right solutions for personal, family and business needs.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual and as a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS in Accounting, Robert spent 8 years in Accounting and Consulting for several Fortune 500 companies. 

He currently lives in Vernon Hills with his wife, Laura and three children.  

 
 Thomas R Barmore

Thomas R Barmore, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, CASL®, RICP®

Wealth Management Advisor
tom.barmore@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Tom joined Northwestern Mutual 23 years ago after having worked in "big eight" public accounting in doing audits and consulting. He spent another 8 years in industry as a controller and chief financial officer.

"I enjoy helping people identify and solve problems in their lives, as well as identifying and taking advantage of opportunities they may have missed".

Tom is a graduate of University of Miami (Ohio) and University of Illinois

 

 
 Timothy M Jackson

Timothy M Jackson

Financial Representative
timothy.jackson@nm.com

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Tim became a Northwestern Mutual financial representative in October 2011. He was introduced to the career and company through his representative at the time, Bob Styrkowicz.

Tim attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a bachelor's in finance. He eventually began working in benefits administration and consulting, with a specialty in pension plans, and did that for almost ten years before joining Northwestern Mutual. As a representative with the Carr Group, Tim has acheived Pacesetter 40 (2012).

  FO r PTim is married Elaina, with whom he has two daughters, Avery and Isabella.  He is passionate about his clients, his family and his community. In addition to spending time with his family and friends,  he enjoys golfing and brewing his own beer.

 
 Vince Spinosa

Vince Spinosa, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial Advisor
vincent.spinosa@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Vince has been a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual since 1991 and a wealth management advisor since 2006.  He graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing in 1991.  Vince specializes in financial planning for successful individuals and their families.  He helps them preserve and protect their assets, as well as preparing for their financial future including retirement and legacy.

Vince is married to Cherie for 19 years and has two daughters.  He is active in family activities including coaching his girls’ softball team.  Vince and Cherie  reside in Downers Grove.

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