Jeff Malas, AAMS

LPL Financial Advisor

Since every client’s situation is unique, Jeff will take the time to get to know you and your needs. He aims for a high level of client care and has a passion for educating those he serves. Jeff holds a Master’s Degree from Wheaton College. He received excellent training and education from a well-known firm before becoming an independent advisor. Jeff has been married to Wendy for 23 years. Jeff is originally from Ventura, California. He has a love for his local church and baseball.

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John Gilmore, AAMS

LPL Financial Advisor

John thrives with helping clients work to achieve their goals. His work experience includes financial platform sales to large banks and most recently working as Director of Sales for a senior living company. He also spent many years working as an Administrative Pastor, which included strategic planning, financial management, business administration, operations management, and organizational development. Within this context, John assisted many people with personal financial needs, including debt reduction, cashflow planning, budgeting etc.

John is married to Sarah, who is a nurse. They have four children and they are actively involved in their church (The Well) and love to spend time camping together.

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Jon F. Walker

LPL Branch Development Consultant

Jon F. Walker, LPL Branch Development Consultant, has worked in the financial services industry since 1988. He has 30 years of experience as a financial advisor. His role has recently changed from financial advising to business consulting with Milestone Wealth Design by assisting with our high level business planning like marketing strategies. 

Wendy Malas

LPL Registered Sales Assistant, LPL Insurance Advisor

Insurance is an underserved area of financial planning by many advisors. We wanted to be different. Wendy’s role is to help clients who have insurance needs through each step of the process. She holds Series 7 and 66 registrations through LPL Financial, and an insurance license for the state of Illinois and specializes in assisting clients with their life, disability income protection and long-term care planning needs. Wendy is originally from Newport Beach, California. She also has a degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and loves to surf. Most importantly, her faith is foundational to her life and work.

Kate Lareau

LPL Office Manager

Kate has worked in the banking industry for many years. Her educational background is in finance and accounting. She enjoys developing relationships with clients and being in a support role for advisors.

Kate loves all things outdoors, including golfing, camping and triathlons. She grew up in Darien and lives in Aurora with her husband, Chris and her two dogs which are a giant Schnauzer and a great Dane.

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