Clay P. Hessel, RHU®

Vice President, Wealth Management

Clay specializes in helping individuals and families establish financial goals and exploring alternatives to achieving them. Clay has been passionate about developing financial strategies and employee benefits since joining GCG Financial in 1994. He is a specialist in helping enhance financial security and create wealth through personal and corporate benefit packages that include investment management, life, disability and health insurance as well as retirement strategies. Clay employs a disciplined and strategic approach that strives to maximize potential returns while minimizing overall risk and volatility within a portfolio. He prides himself on being a thoughtful communicator who intuitively educates his clients in areas of risk management and wealth accumulation, as a result, clients gain a peace of mind by understanding their options. Clay specializes in working with physicians, professionals, executives, business owners and corporations, and speaks to over 100 medical programs and corporations annually. Clay has consistently been distinguished as a top advisor among his peers. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his successful practice, including qualification for the Court of the Million Dollar Round Table*, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ National Quality Award**, along with GCG’s prestigious Pinnacle Club and Leaders Club. In addition, Clay has been designated as a Five Star Wealth Manager four years in a row, with a listing in Chicago Magazine. *** Clay lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois with his wife, daughter, son, and dog. He enjoys exercising, yoga, competitive golf, reading, traveling and participates in several charitable organizations including Cycle for Survival and the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Clay also serves on the Northshore University Health System Planned Giving Advisor Counsel. Education: BS in Advertising and a minor in Psychology from Bradley University Credentials: Certificate in Financial Planning from DePaul University, holds registrations for FINRA series 6, 7, 63, 65 and is life, health and disability insurance licensed *Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) is an independent membership organization of life insurance and financial service professionals. Membership levels are based on commissions, premiums, or fees generated within a year from investment and insurance products. Members must apply annually and pay a fee. Members must be members in good standing of a Professional Association which has met the following criteria: in existence at least 2 years, have 100 or more members, must be a nonprofit organization, must have a code of ethics and an effective means of dealing with breaches of its code. Members must also adhere to the MDRT Code of Ethics. Working with this advisor is not a guarantee of future financial results. Investors should conduct their own evaluation **Awards and club membership are based primarily on commissions, premiums, or fees generated from investment and insurance products and other criteria relative to leadership, achievement, and recruiting. ***Five Star Award candidates are evaluated against 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria such as client retention rates, client assets administered, firm review and a favorable regulatory and complaint history. For more information, visit the individual’s profile. Registered Representative with Triad Advisors, LLC and an Investment Advisor Representative with Alera Investment Advisors, LLC.  Triad Advisors LLC and Alera Investment Advisors, LLC are not affiliated.   CA license # 0C28656

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