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Adam Schwartz, CFP

Senior Advisor and Principal

(630) 242-3331
(847) 513-9931
 aschwartz@gcdadvisors.com

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Being a wealth advisor remains Adam’s greatest professional fulfillment – allowing him to help clients achieve and maintain financial clarity, security, and independence through comprehensive experience with financial, investment, insurance, retirement, tax, and estate planning and trusting relationships. Adam is privileged to help people through life’s transitions whether they are preparing to have children or leave their legacies or solve for other unique challenges and opportunities.    

Adam is also a published author of the book, “Guided Retirement Income Planning – Introducing the GRIP Roadmap.” Please contact him for additional information or go to www.amazon.com.

Thoughts from Adam

The work we do helps others to successfully build wealth, retire, and form legacies.

An important aspect of our work is to inspire confidence. This comes from building strong, trusted relationships that gives my clients a sense of clarity and connectedness.  

Outside the office, I enjoy playing tennis and pickleball. I’m passionate about spending time with our family and friends, traveling, and exploring with them – sharing great food in different places, and finding the next best place to hike.

My bucket list includes visiting more countries throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. Our last trip to Kenya we also helped build a school. While we have traveled to many places there is so much more to learn and see!

An important quote to me is, “Data is information, information creates knowledge, knowledge creates choice, and choice drives results.” ~The Wisdom Hierarchy

About Adam

A native Chicagoan, Adam started his career in the financial industry in the early 90’s. Over the more than 30 years, he has worked with clients with many backgrounds from young entrepreneurs getting started to high net-worth families and business owners, to corporate retirement plans and charitable/philanthropic engagements.

As an institutional consultant, Adam developed expertise with wealth and portfolio management strategies and was responsible for investors’ assets totaling $3 billion. He held leadership roles with Stein Roe & Farnham, JP Morgan, Janus, Manulife John Hancock, and AssetMark. While pioneering numerous wealth management platforms, he helped hundreds of business owners with organic growth, mergers and acquisitions, and scalable systems and processes to enhance value; built and managed investment portfolios and delivered economic and market presentations to thousands of clients and conducted numerous panel discussions with accomplished economists and portfolio managers.

Outside of the office, Adam serves on various community and advisory boards and provides change management consulting services, plays pickleball, and enjoys spending time, traveling, and volunteering with his wife and two college age kids. His most interesting volunteering experience was in Kenya where his family spent two weeks building a school, living in a rural Maasai Mara village to learn about the impact of education.

Adam's Accreditations

Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)
A Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) is a rigorous professional certification for advisors set by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. There are four parts to the initial CFP certification: education, examination, experience, and ethics. A CFP candidate will need to put in up to 1,000 hours to complete the required coursework and the exam. The CFP applicant must have a minimum education level of a bachelor’s degree and coursework in financial planning. The ethics component requires the applicant to meet the Fitness Standards for Candidates and Registrants and promise to follow the Rules of Conduct which put the clients’ interests first.

Bachelor Arts, Political Science
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Licenses
Series 7 General Securities

Series 6 Investment Companies and Variable Contracts
Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law
Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law
Life and Health Insurance and Variable Contracts