Jim has consistently achieved Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. highest performance awards, and top industry recognition for outstanding performance and quality service for his clients. He is a lifetime member of The Resource Group®1 since 1999 and Premier Partners®2 since 2007. He has been recognized as a member of Chairman’s Council since 2002, which represents the top one percent of financial planners affiliated with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. Prior to joining Lincoln in 1991, Jim spent 10 years performing investment and advisory services for several local companies.
Jim’s approach to financial planning sets him apart from others in the industry since his analysis and recommendations encompass all aspects of an individual’s situation – from estate tax strategies and retirement planning opportunities to business continuity and estate preservation. His work consistently demonstrates his unique ability to deliver creative solutions to his client's complex financial concerns. He believes in establishing long-term relationships with his clients and his services entail the design, implementation and constant review of the financial planning to remain consistent with the client's ever-changing needs and tax law changes. Jim specializes in high net worth estate planning, wealth management and corporate retirement planning. He and his team have over $700 million in client invested assets. Since 2013, Jim has been listed as a Five Star Wealth Manager3 in Cleveland Magazine and Inside Business. He contributes to Inside 401(k) and Benefit Plus magazines. He served a 2-year term (2016 & 2017) on VOYA’s Advisory Council4. Jim has been recognized as a Principal Platinum Advisor5 since 2011 and a Fidelity Investments member of the Retirement Leaders 6 since 2004.
Jim is a graduate of The University of Michigan, has a Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Business, and graduated from University School in Hunting Valley. Jim received the designations of an ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY® in May, 2010 and a CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR™ in January, 2008. He is an Investment Advisory Representative and holds FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 registrations and maintains the Ohio Life, Accident/Health Insurance and Annuity license.
Jim serves on the Leadership Council for University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Jim and his wife Teri have four children and they live in Pepper Pike, OH.
1 An invitation-only, nationwide network of the top 200 planners within Lincoln Financial Advisors.
2 Lincoln’s Premier Partners Program is an internal designation based in part on assets under management, sales and compliance criteria.
3 The Five Star Wealth Manager Award is independently produced by Five Star Professional (FSP) and is based on data from financial advisors, regulatory disclosures and FSP research. I was independently nominated for the award. Neither the advisors nor their parent firm pay a fee to FSP for the nomination or receipt of the award. The award was independently granted and membership in an organization was not required. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager is no guarantee of investment success.
4 VOYA Advisory Council – the advisor’s role is to provide council and insights on the retirement industry from an advisor’s prospective. Term is 2 years.
5 Principal Platinum Advisors is an internal recognition with Principal for Advisors who manage $85 million or more in retirement plan assets under management* with at least 3 clients. *Assets must be record kept under Flexible Investment Annuity (FIA), Flexible Pension Investment (FPI), Principal Comprehensive Retirement Program (PCRP), Principal Advantage®, Principal Security Builder Retirement Program℠, Pension Provider®, or Custodial Guaranteed Fund (CFG) contract platforms.
6 Fidelity Retirement Leaders is an internal recognition with Fidelity Investments that recognizes the Top Advisors with retirement plan assets under management. They review annually.