Forum Financial: Who We Are

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Who We Are



Advisors With Purpose Forum Financial Management, LP provides fee-based wealth management and financial planning services for a wide variety of clients. We strive to take the emotions out of investing and counsel clients to avoid making short-sighted moves based on current market conditions. Our goal is to help our clients build, manage and preserve their wealth with a sustainable strategy linked directly to their risk tolerance, stage in life and personal financial goals. We believe that a wise approach is to hire an advisor based on trust, confidence, integrity and experience. Who We Are highlights Forum’s team of partners, a group of advisors with decades of experience across portfolio management, retirement planning, estate planning, insurance analysis and income tax planning. With this foundation of technical knowledge firmly in place, Forum advisors spend their time getting to know their clients and families. That is the enduring value of working with an advisor — knowing someone is going to be there through every season.


In addition to providing traditional accounting and tax services for businesses and individuals, John successfully merged his accounting and financial knowledge to provide planning for his clients. John specializes in working with retirement plans. He matches the needs and goals of individuals and small businesses with the most appropriate vehicle, whether it is a 401(k), pension, profit-sharing or individual retirement plan.

John J. Adam, EA, CFP


and medical management consultant. This association gave him the experience needed to grow his clientele to include many Chicagoland medical professionals.

John J. Adam works closely with individuals, families, private businesses and other professionals. John began his career more than 30 years ago as an accountant contact john

John is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and National Association of Enrolled Agents.

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entrepreneurial and social media companies includes positions as Vice President of Interactive Marketing and Social Media Specialist for NutshellMail, acquired in 2010 by Constant Contact. He is currently also the CEO of Owl Technologies, a technology service provider for advisors that provides clients with a better and more efficient financial advisory experience.

Nirav Batavia, CFA Nirav Batavia serves as Co-Managing Partner of Forum and Co-Director of Forum’s Investment Committee as well as Chief Technology Officer. His 18 years of experience in the financial services industry include


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five years at Citigroup managing a $1 billion fixed-income portfolio as trader and portfolio manager. He also co-founded an $80 million fixedincome hedge fund in 2008. Nirav’s experience with

Nirav is a CFA® charterholder. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance and from Penn Engineering with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Nirav earned his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Accounting.

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Mary Anne Ehlert works with clients who seek an advocate who will listen and provide compassionate support to navigate complex planning situations. Mary Anne’s clients include professionals, business owners, widows and widowers, divorced women and families with an individual with a disability. Previously, she spent 18 years in senior management positions in the banking industry. Mary Anne is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Protected Tomorrows, the special needs division of her practice, helps families plan a safe and fulfilling life for loved ones with special needs. An advocate for special needs families, Mary Anne has appeared in many publications and travels extensively to speak at local and national conferences. She serves on the boards and committees of several organizations, including the board of directors of Special Olympics Illinois contact mary anne

Mary Anne Ehlert, CFP


Foundation, the advisory board of Integrative Touch for Kids in Tucson, the board of directors of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation and the advisory board of Tails for Life in Wisconsin.

She studied Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago. She is author of The Gift I Was Given and one of the contributing authors in Madam President: How to Think and Act Like a Leader.

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Karma A. Forrestal believes that educating clients is a fundamental responsibility of financial advisors. With a passion for mathematics and a profound respect for those who teach others, Karma helps clients map out their goals with an emphasis on understanding how they will achieve them. Committed to helping individuals become financially independent, Karma has a genuine concern for her clients and enjoys building strong relationships with them. Before joining Forum in 2012, she spent 12 years at Morrison Financial Services in Wheaton, Illinois. During that time, Karma worked with investors in numerous areas across the client experience, including tax preparation and portfolio management. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial planning and tax planning fields, Karma has experience working with individuals, small business owners, divorcees and retirees. She was contact karma

Karma A. Forrestal, CFP


instrumental in the creation of Forum Future, Forum’s program exclusively designed to help new investors prepare for early financial milestones and plan for long-term goals. Karma is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Wheaton College in Wheaton. Karma enjoys spending time with her three children and her husband, Todd. She likes to travel and participate in many sports activities such as running, yoga and skiing.

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at tax time. He became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional in 1988 so he could acquire the knowledge to offer financial planning as well as estate, retirement and tax planning. Over the past 25 years, Alan has been recognized for excellence by the financial advisory community for his commitment to the principles which guide him as a financial advisor. He has been quoted in Practical Accountant and CPA Wealth Provider as well as in other industry periodicals, and he has been a guest speaker at various conferences throughout the country.

Alan C. Hambourger, CPA, PFS, CFP


Alan C. Hambourger has more than 25 years of experience serving his clients and providing the solutions required to meet their financial goals. His clients count on him for their wealth management needs, contact alan

and his knowledge and experience make him an invaluable person in their lives. Early in his career, Alan worked as a CPA. He discovered that he wanted to be in touch with his clients throughout the year, not just

Alan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois in Urbana. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Planning Association.

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Chris has been a member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club since September 2004. His main responsibilities for the club have been to run the Conejo Valley High School Speakers series and serve on the International Committee. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and member of The Bequest Society of Rotary International. Chris is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. He served as president of the Ventura County chapter of the Financial Planning Association for two terms.

Christopher A. Lamia, CFP


Christopher A. Lamia began his career in the financial services industry in 1993. In 2008, Chris founded Lamia Financial Group, an independent wealth management firm in Thousand Oaks, California.


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In November 2018, Lamia Financial Group joined Forum Financial Management and established Forum’s first partner-helmed office in California.

Chris graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with honors, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate from UCSB ROTC, commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and graduated from the Armor Officer Basic Course as a member of the Commandant’s List.

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A. Andrew (Andy) Marwede has devoted his entire career to executing investment strategies for successful families, individuals, companies, pension funds and endowments. Andy works personally with successful business owners, professionals and retirees. Andy is also a key member of Forum’s Wealth Advisor Alliance, helping build strategic associations with advisory firms and centers of influence. Prior to joining Forum, Andy was founder and president of Serious Stewardship LLC, an investment advisory firm. Early in his career, Andy worked on the trading desk of a large capital markets firm and then later managed diversified investment portfolios for large individual and corporate investors. It was the synergy of these two early experiences — private portfolio design and state-of-the-art risk control — that made it possible for contact andy

A. Andrew Marwede football. He earned his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Andy is a fourth-generation resident of Lake Forest, Illinois.

Andy to envision and create Serious Stewardship. Andy earned a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University, where he was a three-year letter-winner in

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Robert (Rob) T. Methven is deeply committed to helping individuals and families create financial security in their lives. Rob specializes in investment management, insurance, retirement and education planning. After 12 years in public accounting and two years owning a small business, Rob began a 10-year career with Genworth Financial. During this time, Rob held several senior executive roles, including President and CEO of Genworth’s broker/dealer and financial advisory firm. Rob’s focus with Genworth was helping financial advisors establish and grow their own individual practices. He was particularly concerned with coaching advisors on the challenges of planning for and generating income during retirement. In 2007, Rob joined Forum to work directly with individual clients. contact rob

Robert T. Methven Today, Rob serves business owners, corporate executives and clients facing major life events, such as the sale of a business, retirement, health issues or loss of loved ones. Rob graduated from the University

of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand with a law degree and finance and accounting degrees. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association. Rob lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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investment advisory platform that reached $3.4 billion in client funds. Norm is primarily responsible for strategic planning for the firm. He has been instrumental in the substantial growth of the firm’s national clientele. With his background in accounting, law and wealth management, Norm works with business owners to address complex issues such as estate planning and succession planning.

Norbert M. Mindel, JD, CPA, CFP


car driver. As one of the original Principals of The Terra Financial Companies, he helped grow the original six-person business into a national, multidisciplinary, financial services organization. He led the development of a fee-based,

Norbert (Norm) M. Mindel is an experienced wealth manager and advisor to high net worth individuals and businesses. He is also an estate planner, financial planner, attorney, author and race contact norm

Norm has appeared on CNBC and WMAQ, and he is the co-author of Wealth Management in the New Economy. In his podcast, School of Hard Knocks Investing, Norm talks about some of the incredible things that have happened on Wall Street with host Dave Goetsch, coexecutive producer of “The Big Bang Theory.” Norm holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a JD from ChicagoKent College of Law.

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just as much weight as his or her expectations for the future. In 2004, Barbara founded her own advisor practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. As CEO of Vantage Point Advisors, she used her business acumen to help individual investors, families and community organizations. Vantage Point Advisors joined with Forum in January 2019. Barbara considers it her responsibility as an advisor to act as a financial point person to offer strategic, personalized direction and act in a client’s best interest following a fiduciary standard of care.

Barbara J. Ray, CPA, PFS Barbara J. Ray is a seasoned advisor who knows the business world inside and out. As a former executive at a Fortune 40 company, Barbara has more than 30 years of experience


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in finance ranging from startups to the Fortune 40. Barbara takes a no-nonsense position on goal setting and financial planning where a client’s present-day needs carry

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Planning Association. Barbara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Regis University. She earned her MBA from University of Utah.

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Jonathan M. Rogers serves as CoManaging Partner of Forum and Co-Director of Forum’s Investment Committee. As Co-Managing Partner, Jonathan guides the people and processes of the firm. Externally, he leads the strategic growth of the firm by recruiting new partners and advisors into the organization. Internally, he leads the executive team responsible for advisor support, marketing, compliance, operations and client services. As a financial advisor, Jonathan provides guidance and education to friends and family. He simplifies these decisions bringing peace of mind to his clients.

Jonathan M. Rogers, CFP


Jonathan graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Plan II Honors. contact jonathan

He received his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Operations, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Analytical

Management. He previously worked for Dimensional Fund Advisors, where he had both business development and analytical responsibilities.

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David N. Smith has had many opportunities to test the theory that before investors leap, they should take a close look at what is important to them. David started his professional career in financial services as a career life insurance agent with MONY in the mid-1980s. In 2010, he founded David Smith Advisory, an independent Registered Investment Advisor firm in Miami. His firm joined Forum Financial Management in January 2021. David’s approach to helping clients is to be the one who listens instead of the person who does all the talking. He advocates having a cohesive financial plan that incorporates retirement planning, estate planning, tax planning, risk management, education planning and charitable giving, made possible by collaborating with clients’ other professionals such as accountants and attorneys to bring it all together. contact david

David N. Smith, CLU, ChFC, CFP


David is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. He holds the Charter Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. David earned his

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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workforce, helping them develop budgets and investment planning strategies. She joined Forum Financial Management, LP in 2016 as a Financial Advisor. Marie is also the President of Stark & Basila Certified Public Accountants, P.C. Marie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has also been involved in many professional organizations including Executive Network, Executive Women’s Golf Association, Colonie Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council and Capital Region Executives.

Marie E. Stark, CPA For more than 30 years, Marie E. Stark, has enjoyed working with her clients to develop tax conscious strategies to address their unique situations. She believes that taking the time to get to know her clients and understanding their particular contact marie

needs, wants, fears and goals is the key to achieving the best financial outcome. She focuses on building these relationships across generations and enjoys working with her clients’ children as they transition from college into the

Marie is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

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Arvin specializes in the integration of tax and estate planning with diverse investment strategies. He provides his clients with a personalized, solid, actionable financial plan based on their specific needs, with the goal of maximizing after-tax returns and managing risk. He enjoys the challenge of listening to and understanding each client’s goals, risk tolerance and income needs, and takes great pride in helping to achieve them. He endeavors to build strong personal relationships with his clients and continues to build his business by referral.

Arvin T. Weindruch, CPA, PFS Arvin T. Weindruch provides his clients with integrated accounting, investment and wealth management services. At the outset of his career, Arvin founded his own CPA firm.


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The firm steadily grew from referrals, but Arvin wanted to be able to take a wider view of each client’s financial situation and added investments and wealth management to his practice.

Arvin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Mary Pat Wesche helps clients create and preserve wealth by making sure that their tax, insurance and estate planning needs are met. She enjoys helping her clients plan for a long and stress-free retirement. Mary Pat was named one of 2008’s Influential Women in Business by the Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Chicago Area Chapter. In 2018, she was named Treasurer of the Chicago Chapter of NAWBO. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society and the Financial Planning Association. She has obtained the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® certification. With this advanced focus on the financial issues associated with divorce, Mary Pat expands upon her experience helping individuals in transition.

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Mary Pat Wesche, CPA, PFS, CDFA For more than 15 years, she has worked with DuPagePads, an organization that addresses the needs of the homeless population, serving as a past president of the board of directors and board advisor. In 2016, she received the DuPagePads Spirit Award for her volunteer work.

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Mary Pat is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. She received her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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Home Office 1900 S. Highland Ave. Suite 100 Lombard, IL 60148 ph: 630.873.8520

Forum Financial Management, LP is registered as an investment advisor. The home office is located at 1900 S. Highland Ave., Suite 100, Lombard, IL 60148. Before making an investment decision, please contact our office at 630.873.8520 to receive a copy of Forum’s Advisory Agreement and Form ADV Part 2A, which includes Forum’s fee schedule. Copyright © 2021 by Forum Financial Management, LP