Proven Professionals: Helping You Form a Path to Success

A professional provider who has your back is worth their weight in gold. Here are some of our area’s top experts, from financial and insurance advisors to law firms that will be in your corner when you need them.

When the right partners are available, good teamwork makes the difference in attaining the success you seek each day.

In your personal and business finances, you’re drafting a team that includes attorneys, investment advisors, insurance advisors and certified public accountants (CPAs) all focused on helping you attain your important goals. Together, these talented professionals can guide you through the maze of complex decisions you’ll need to make – especially in these unusual times.

We’ve sought out the region’s most trusted experts – the kind whose work is sure to align with your objectives and whose philosophies are sure to align with your values. Together, these talented professionals can guide you through the maze of your business and personal needs.

The key to your financial success is coalescing all of your Proven Professionals around your personal mission. This is your strategy to command, and these dedicated professionals are your team to engage.

We hope and trust you’ll find the Proven Professionals you’re about to meet can provide invaluable and unmatched assistance to the success of your mission … on both the personal and business fronts.

Canfield & McKenna, Attorneys at Law

When You’re Looking for Something More …

Robert E. Canfield has more than 40 years of experience as an attorney. Andrea McKenna has extensive experience in general practice law.

Canfield, McKenna and their associates are well versed in the law and persuasive in the courtroom. They’ve been providing Rockford-area residents with expert legal service that comes from more than 95 years of combined legal experience.

They can handle your family law, small business, probate, estate planning, wills and trusts, and general practice law. They’ve got all the right qualifications, but we’re guessing you’re looking for something more.

You’re probably looking for someone who understands that your divorce is not just about separating property and accounts but about your life being turned upside down. You’re looking for someone who can see that you would do anything for your kids and that you won’t play games when it comes to their best interest.

You’re probably looking for someone who understands that your small business is more than just business. It’s personal and you want to protect all of the blood, sweat and tears you’ve poured in over the years.

You’re looking for someone who understands what it’s like to worry about what will happen when it’s your time to pass on and how to provide for the loved ones you leave behind.

Canfield & McKenna looks at the law and facts, and how they affect clients. Chances are, if you need an attorney, you are going through a tough stage of life. That’s why Canfield &McKenna make it their mission to help clients achieve their goals and understand every step in the process. Their attorneys and staff are compassionate, knowledgeable, patient and understanding. But, they’re also fiercely protective of their clients’ interests and won’t back down when the time comes to fight.

Trust between a client and attorney is absolutely essential to good representation. They also understand just how expensive legal proceedings can be, so in some circumstances, they offer payment plans to help their clients afford representation.

They also offer meetings face-to-face, over the phone or virtually by Zoom.

Their clients come back again and again when they encounter a need for legal help. Find out why these clients believe in Canfield & McKenna by making an appointment today.

1111 S. Alpine Road, Ste. 704, Rockford, IL | (815) 968-7200 | CanfieldMcKenna@gmail.com

Rockford Community Bank

Trust & Investments

Inside Rockford Community Bank, you have local Wealth Management and Trust Advisors. Wintrust Wealth Management and The Chicago Trust Company provide all of the expertise, products, and technology of a national wealth manager/trust advisor and pair it with the highly personal service and attention of a boutique firm that strives to put the clients’ best interests first.

INVESTMENTS: Alex Tabb, of Wintrust Investments, brings to bear a broad knowledge base to provide brokerage, insurance, and investment planning services. He can use the Envision® process to understand clients’ financial picture and then work closely with them to develop a tailored plan to meet their individual goals.
• Retirement, Insurance, and Education Planning
• Investment Advice
• Brokerage and Advisory Services
• Insurance

TRUST: Our Vice President and Trust Officer, Ralph Taylor, of The Chicago Trust Company, offers a full range of administrative and fiduciary trust services and serves as corporate trustee or successor trustee for many clients. He works in conjunction with attorneys, accountants, and financial professionals to create trust solutions to serve clients’ wealth preservation and transfer needs.
• Corporate Trustee Services
• Personal Trust Administration
• Estate Settlement
• Comprehensive Specialty Trusts
• Agency Services.

1825 N. Perryville Road | Rockford, IL | (815) 523-1425 | rockfordbank.com

MacCloskeyKesler and Associates, LLC

Rockford’s Injury Lawyers

MacCloskeyKesler and Associates, LLC, is a leader in personal injury law in the Rockford area. The firm has been serving injury victims since 1998, when Kim MacCloskey founded the firm. In 2004, Phil Kesler joined Kim in his quest to handle every case like his own. The firm has grown, but the emphasis on compassionate, personal injury representation remains.

The firm has been privileged to receive numerous awards, including the “Best of the Rock River Valley” award for both law firm and personal injury lawyer, based on votes from local community members. The firm has many million-dollar and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts to its credit. Kim and Phil are both members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum. The best reward for Kim and Phil, however, comes from helping injury victims find peace during difficult times. 

Kim and Phil credit their staff and clients for their success and awards. The staff at

MacCloskeyKesler and Associates is well-trained and dedicated to providing personal attention totheir clients. Much of the staff has been with the firm for over a decade, and clients routinely refer friends and family when they’ve been injured. Kim and Phil see this as the highest honor.

MacCloskeyKesler and Associates continues to grow and succeed. Despite its success, its dedication to providing experienced representation and personal attention to each case remains the same. With this in mind, MacCloskeyKesler & Associates only handles personal injury cases and does not represent insurance companies. Because of the firm’s reputation, most cases settle without trial or without even the need to file a lawsuit. 

The team is willing to meet with clients by phone, video conference or in-person, as desired.
If you have been a victim of someone else’s negligence, contact MacCloskeyKesler and Associates for a free consultation at (815) 965-2000.

308 W. State St., Ste. 200, Rockford, IL | (815) 965-2000 | rockfordinjurylawyer.com

CoyleKiley Insurance Agency

Locally Owned. Community Minded. Customer Focused.

CoyleKiley Insurance is the region’s leading, locally owned, independent agency specializing in commercial and personal insurance as well as employee benefits and wealth management.

We conduct business across the United States and also handle complex international exposures. We have established relationships with over 100 of the finest “A” rated carriers available to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients.

Our aim is to simplify the insurance process for you and provide clear-cut solutions that provide value tailored to your specific needs. We are focused on building long-term relationships, in many cases becoming an extension of your business team. Your trusted advisor. Your advocate.

When you choose CoyleKiley, we not only provide traditional solutions. As your consultant, we also review your insurance and financial priorities to provide a customized plan to help take advantage of changing times and new risk protection solutions.

We believe strongly in maintaining our core values of delivering excellence, staying engaged and earning our clients’ trust every day. Our focus on culture and community engagement has encouraged individuals from both inside and outside the insurance industry to join our growing team. Very soon, we will have more than 30 people engaged to serve you.

While continually attracting new talent, we are still built on over 65 years of industry knowledge and expertise. CoyleKiley delivers numerous experts who have been in the insurance field for more than 30 years. This provides an extremely strong foundation for all your needs and allows for the infusion of new talent to fuel legacy and growth.

Contact us today to meet your new team.

810 N. Alpine Road | Rockford, IL | (815) 987-2170 | coylekiley.com

Benning Group, LLC

Certified Public Accountants

Benning Group, LLC (BG) is a full-service traditional CPA firm with offices in northern Illinois (Freeport and Rockford) and southern Wisconsin (Monroe). BG’s origins date back to the founding of its predecessor in 1987. Original partners Don Benning, CPA, and Curt Kleckler, CPA, had worked together in the 1980s at a national accounting firm and teamed up to form a multi-office, local firm. Though BG’s name has changed over time, our commitment to providing quality, professional services has not changed since inception.

In the past 30 years, the firm has added four additional partners: Jenny Blocker, CPA; Jake Thompson, CPA; Kyle Polhill, CPA; and Kyle DeMus, CPA. BG has developed a strong team of certified public accountants and supporting staff to meet the needs of a diverse group of small businesses and individuals. In September 2020, Roger Boeke, CPA, and his team at Boeke & Associates merged into BG’s Rockford office, further strengthening BG’s client base and its breadth of experience and knowledge.

Firm clients include a wide range of manufacturers, agricultural industries, retail stores, professional services, medical services, financial institutions and other entrepreneurs and their businesses. BG assists them in accomplishing their goals through various consulting services in addition to in-depth knowledge of accounting principles, software solutions and income tax laws and regulations.

Over the years, we have also developed niche practices in the financial and compliance audits of Illinois school districts as well as audits of employee retirement plans and nonprofit entities, including their related information reporting.

Because BG is a full-service CPA firm, individual tax planning and tax return preparation are a substantial part of the practice, and BG’s more than 30 professional staff members get to know clients personally while watching their families grow and needs change over the years.

Benning Group LLC takes great pride in providing top-quality services in a timely, responsive manner at a reasonable price. A “hands-on” approach in delivering client services separates BG from larger firms, while the depth of knowledge and experience sets BG apart from other local firms.

50 W. Douglas St., Ste. 300 | Freeport, IL | (815) 235-3157
6815 Weaver Road, Ste. 300 | Rockford, IL | (815) 316-2375
1809 10th St. | Monroe, WI | (608) 325-5035

Stillman Bank Trust & Wealth Management

An independently owned community bank earning your trust since 1882

Serving the community since 1882, Stillman Bank has spent 140 years forging a stable financial institution that is dedicated to the customers and communities it serves. With six full-service office locations throughout Ogle and Winnebago counties, it still remains locally owned and headquartered right here in the Rock River Valley. While the banking industry has transformed since Stillman Bank’s founding, its guiding principles have always remained steadfast. Stillman Bank has been cultivated through a long and continuing tradition of integrity, community involvement and leadership that builds value for its customers, communities and shareholders, all of which are important to the bank’s success.

Stillman Trust & Wealth Management offers a full range of trust and investment services to individuals and businesses. Managing personal assets or a company’s assets in today’s financial marketplace requires knowledge and expertise. Stillman Bank provides comprehensive and creative solutions to individuals interested in building and preserving their wealth through Trust Administration, Retirement & Estate Planning, and Investment Management services. Stillman Bank’s advisors work with their customers to determine long-term and short-term goals to develop a strategy that is customized to every unique situation. They take pride in offering clients innovative financial solutions to build and protect their assets. For more information or to arrange a no-obligation, complimentary consultation, contact them at any of their six locations. Trust administrators regularly visit all offices, so appointments can be made for any location or time.

In addition to the products and services it offers, Stillman Bank provides support to numerous community organizations with monetary donations, resources and volunteer hours. As your neighbors, their employees are truly living, working and investing in the betterment of the local communities.

608 W. Blackhawk Dr. | Byron, IL | (815) 234-5626
8492 E. State St. | Rockford, IL | (815) 332-8100
1445 IL Rt. 2 | Oregon, IL | (815) 732-7956
5250 Bridge St. | Roscoe, IL | (815) 623-1800
455 W. IL Rt. 38 | Rochelle, IL | (815) 562-7071
101 E. Main St. | Stillman Valley, IL | (815) 645-2266

Charles Schwab

Financial Guidance for a Better Tomorrow

At Charles Schwab, we believe in the power of investing to help individuals create a better tomorrow.

We have a history of challenging the status quo in our industry, innovating in ways that benefit investors, advisors and employers who serve them, and championing our clients’ goals with passion and integrity.

Schwab’s independent branch in Rockford opened in 2013 and has since been offering local residents access to a range of investing and wealth management guidance, products and services.
The branch is led by Independent Branch Leader Mark Gerard, a financial services professional with 20 years of experience in financial planning and portfolio design.

Clients can also meet with financial consultant Bill Osborne, also a 20-year veteran of the investment management industry, for financial planning discussions and personalized portfolio consultations.

801 N. Perryville Road | Rockford, IL | (815) 209-0055 | schwab.com/rockford

James E. Meason Law Office

Wills Don’t Avoid Probate. Jim Provides the Answers

James E. Meason opened his Rockton, Ill., office in 1997 after working as a federal attorney in Washington, D.C., and practicing environmental law with a major national Chicago-based firm.

 He also served 28 years in Naval Intelligence, retiring in 2016 after a tour in Afghanistan. But for more than two decades Meason’s true focus has been family and business law, estate planning and real estate for clients in Winnebago, Stephenson, Boone and McHenry counties.

When it comes to estate planning, Meason emphasizes “the big six” areas that need to be in a family’s action plan: will, revocable trust, property power of attorney, health care power of attorney, living will and appointment of agent. These areas ensure that your desires are followed during your lifetime and after your death.

Wills designate who gets your possessions upon your death. Revocable trusts are like a “fancy will” that help to avoid probate for your family. A living will states your end-of-life health care treatment decisions.

Power of attorney, in both property and health care matters, designates a family member or friend to manage your affairs if you can’t.

Appointment of agent authorizes one to make your final arrangements, including details such as cremation, burial and organ donation.

To avoid mistakes in planning your estate, contact Jim.

113 W. Main St., Rockton, IL | (815) 624-6517 | measonlaw.com
lauren.measonlaw@gmail.com

Edward Jones/Mike Donnelly

What to Expect From a Financial Advisor

If you know you need to invest for retirement and other objectives, but you’re unsure of the road you should follow, you may want to get some guidance from a financial professional. But if you’ve never worked with one before, what can you expect?

First, a financial advisor will asscess your situation – your assets and income and your hopes and dreams for your future.

A financial advisor will also help you determine investment moves appropriate for your goals and risk tolerance. And you can expect regular communications, including portfolio reviews at least once a year.

Also, a financial advisor can develop hypothetical illustrations that can show you how you might be able to choose different paths, such as retiring earlier than you had planned.

Most important, a financial advisor can help you feel more confident as you pursue your financial goals. And during times of market turbulence, such as we’ve experienced this year, a financial advisor can help you avoid overreacting to downturns.

Navigating the investment landscape can be challenging – but the journey can be a lot smoother if you have the right guide.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones financial advisor.

2406 Charles St., | Ste. 1-A, Rockford, IL | (815) 398-7759 | EdwardJones.com