Bill Laipple, CFP®

I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and lived there through my college years at the University of Buffalo. Yes, Buffalo gets a lot of snow, but that’s not why I left. After graduating from college, job opportunities brought me to numerous cities throughout the country including Philadelphia, New York City, and eventually Chicago. I’ve lived in Chicagoland for over 20 years, and am proud to call it home.

Chicago is where I found my passion for helping people manage their wealth. To me, Wealth Management isn’t a job or even a career—it’s more of a calling. Almost 300 clients put their family’s financial future in our hands, and that’s a responsibility we take seriously. As their Wealth Managers, we help our clients create and implement their financial plans for life. With our help, clients can send their children or grandchildren to college, protect their family in the event of unforeseen circumstances, retire comfortably and remain comfortably retired.

Since comprehensive financial planning is an integral part of what we do, I obtained my Certified Financial Planner ™ (CFP ®) certification, the highest standard in personal financial planning. The designation comes with extensive training in financial planning, estate planning, insurance, investments, taxes, employee benefits and retirement planning. The CFP ® also abides by the CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct which are rigorously enforced.

As my current clients know, family is the most important thing to me. I truly value the time I have with my wife, Nikki, and our children, Zachary (20), Zoey (18), Abigail (15) and Alexander (12). Depending on the season, weekends find us running from baseball to golf, basketball to volleyball, or chorus to theatre practice.  We love spending time with our kids, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Giving back is important to me, and to us, as a family. I’ve been a member of the Rotary Club of LaGrange for almost 20 years, where I am a board member and past president.

When I’m not working or busy with my family, I like to stay active. So I keep myself physically active through exercise and an annual hiking trip with a group of friends, usually to a different National Park. This year’s trip is special for a couple of reasons.  We are going to do the parks in Northern Alaska.  Then after the hiking trip, my family is meeting me in Anchorage to explore southern Alaska.  A trip of a lifetime.  Reading is also something I enjoy. Over 20 years ago, I started a book club with a few friends, and we still get together at a Chicago pub during the year to review a book. The last great book I read was In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. I’m always looking for a recommendation, if you have one.

Well, now you know a little about me. If you’d like to meet with me and my team to see if we are a good fit, please give us a call at (630) 230-1830 or send me an email ( Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

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