Our people are our DNA.

Our success—and your success—all begin with one thing. Our people.

From our advisors, who are part of the top 1% who hold both CFP® and CFA® designations to our CPAs with over 100 years of combined experience, we pride ourselves on offering only the highest level of expertise and education. However, we know that knowledge is only half of what is needed to create success. The other half is trust. Trust that starts with getting to know you, your goals, and your situation. Trust that our fiduciaries are legally bound to serving your best interests.

The Team

  1. Drew Grider, CFA
    Drew Grider, CFA
    • Purdue University alum and CFA Charterholder
    • Proud husband and father of three
    • Die-hard Cubs, Colts, and Purdue fan
  2. Timothy F Crandall, CPA
    Wealth Advisor
    Timothy F Crandall, CPA
    • Founding member of Leelyn Smith’s investment advisory firm
    • Husband and proud father
    • Photography enthusiast
  3. Brian Dorn, AIF<sup>®</sup>
    Chief Investment Officer
    Brian Dorn, AIF®
    • Investment experience at Morningstar, Rydex Funds, and Arrow Funds
    • Proud husband and father of two
    • Martial arts enthusiast
  4. Chris McManama
    Chief Operating Officer
    Chris McManama
    • Lives in La Grange, IL with his wife and two young children
    • Purdue University alum
    • Cubs and Bears fan and season-ticket holder
  5. Zach Gordon, CPA
    Director of Tax Services
    Zach Gordon, CPA
    • Undergraduate degree from Indiana University - Kelley School of Business
    • Joined Leelyn Smith in January 2021 from Northern Trust Corporation, where he focused on tax compliance and tax planning for high-net-worth individuals
    • Lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, IL
  6. Christopher J Crandall, CPA
    Wealth Advisor
    Christopher J Crandall, CPA
    • Founding member of Leelyn Smith’s investment advisory firm
    • Master's in finance from Northern Illinois University
    • Loves spending time with family and his dog, Nala
  7. Jean Baert, CPA, CFP<sup>®</sup>, AIF<sup>®</sup>
    Wealth Advisor
    Jean Baert, CPA, CFP®, AIF®
    • Northern Illinois University alum
    • Jean is from a big family that just keeps getting bigger.  She cherishes her time with them and the laughter, joy and love that they bring her
    • Enjoys gardening and traveling
  8. Charles Hartman
    Wealth Advisor
    Charles Hartman
    • Wheaton Fire Dept pension board member
    • DePaul University
    • Die-hard White Sox and Bears fan

  9. Kevin Prendergast, CFP<sup>®</sup>, CFA
    Wealth Advisor
    Kevin Prendergast, CFP®, CFA
    • Lives in Park Ridge, Illinois, with his wife and young son
    • Grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, and Palatine, Illinois
    • Enjoys learning about business, psychology, and tech, as well as all things sports, health, and fitness
  10. Chris Dieckow, CFA<sup>®</sup>, CWS<sup>®</sup>
    Wealth Advisor
    Chris Dieckow, CFA®, CWS®
    • Joined Leelyn Smith in 2021
    • Lives in Hinsdale, IL with his wife and two young boys
    • Undergraduate degree from University of Colorado Boulder
  11. MaKinzie Stack
    Relationship Manager
    MaKinzie Stack
    • U of I Springfield alum
    • Joined the firm in 2013
    • Grew up on a farm in Central Illinois
  12. Wendi Svitak
    Relationship Manager
    Wendi Svitak
    • Lives in Geneva, IL, with her husband, daughter, and son
    • Grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois
    • Earned her B.S. in business management from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from Elmhurst College
  13. Perry Argiropoulos
    Operations Analyst
    Perry Argiropoulos
    • Lives in Asheville, North Carolina
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison undergrad; University of Leicester MBA
    • Avid world traveler and bona fide chocolate milk sommelier
  14. Kelly Kovasic
    Client Service Specialist
    Kelly Kovasic
    • Lives in Geneva, Illinois, with her golden retriever, Wrigley
    • Associates degree from Lewis University
    • Licensed private pilot with a passion for aviation
  15. Connor Longust
    Client Service Specialist
    Connor Longust
    • Joined Leelyn Smith in 2021 from Fifth Third Bank
    • Lives in Yorkville, IL with his fiancée, Emily
    • Undergraduate degree from Illinois State University
  16. Laura Chamness
    Client Service Specialist
    Laura Chamness
    • Lives in Oswego with her husband and four children
    • Die-hard Cubs fan
  17. Kathy Maddox
    Office Manager
    Kathy Maddox
    • Lives in Maple Park with husband and two young children
    • Bachelor’s in elementary education from Northern Illinois University
    • Enjoys exploring small towns throughout the Midwest
  18. Michele Tomlinson
    System Analyst
    Michele Tomlinson
    • CRM database manager
    • Proud wife and mother of two
    • Enjoys cooking and healthy living
  19. Jacob Bice
    Client Service Specialist
    Jacob Bice
    • Joined Leelyn Smith in 2021
    • Lives in his hometown of Geneva, IL
    • Undergraduate degree in Business Economics from Wheaton College
Drew Grider



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