We leave no idea unexplored for you. Our team provides you with expansive insights and access to resources not bound by geography. Our advice provides global context that is thoughtfully connected to the world's economies. Our thinking is flexible, so you can trust that when today's markets demand new solutions, you'll have the right partner by your side - innovators who embrace change as yet one more opportunity to work even harder for you.
John E. Klaas, Jr.
John began his career on the anniversary of one of the equity market’s most tumultuous days, and over the past 25 years he has helped clients manage their wealth through 10 market corrections and three recessions. He joined UBS in 2007 after 18 years at Morgan Stanley and a prior tenure at Burton and Associates.
With his clients, John emphasizes asset allocation and total portfolio management with a focus on charitable giving and estate planning. He believes there are rare opportunities to make a major impact in the markets, but he is prepared for them every day.
John completed the Senior Financial Advisor Program at The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He lives in Barrington Hills and is happily married with three children. John is very passionate about child safety and children's rights which is why he has been actively involved with The KlaasKids Foundation since its inception.
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Steven Connolly, CFP®
Steve firmly believes the only way to develop a truly successful relationship with his clients is to get to know all aspects of their financial position. From investment holdings to liabilities to long term financial goals, discovering these important facets of their lives allows him to deliver not just a singular investment solution, but a long range strategy so that they can meet their personal objectives and goals. Developing this sound financial plan helps strengthen and solidify Steve's relationship with his clients because it is built on a foundation of mutual understanding and trust.
Steve joined UBS Private Wealth Management in 2007 from Morgan Stanley, where he began his financial services career in 2001. While at Morgan Stanley he was an Associate Vice President, Financial Advisor and obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. Steve has used that knowledge to develop comprehensive financial plans for his clients. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and currently holds his Series 7, Series 66 and Series 3 securities licenses. Steve is also licensed to sell life insurance. He is an avid golfer, a fan of college football and looks forward to every opportunity that he has to spend time with his family.
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David Millington, CFP®
David has been with the Klaas Group for over a decade. One of his roles on the team allows him to tackle an exciting and alpha-driving area of investing—alternatives. In addition, David takes pride in being the general manager for his clients’ financial affairs. He does this by building important relationships with attorneys, accountants, real estate agents, bankers and insurance specialists to provide services for clients that he is unable to tackle. David also understands that every client expects excellent, focused service—he not only hopes to deliver that, he is determined to exceed expectations.
David is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™(CFP®) and completed his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) training at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he has his Series 7, 31, 52, 55, 63, 65 and insurance licenses. Before joining UBS in 2007, David was an Associate Vice President, Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was a Founding and Managing Partner of Arcis Trading in Chicago, IL. He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BS Finance 1999).
David and his wife live with their two boys in Inverness, IL. Outside of enjoying time with them, his passions include Chicago Blackhawks hockey and working on lowering his double-digit handicap in golf.
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Thomas B. Kret, CRPS®, CIMA®
An industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Tom is dedicated to assisting organizations in navigating ERISA best practices for their retirement plans, and in turn, enhancing the retirement outcomes for their retirement plan's participants. Tom acts in the capacity of an ERISA 3(21) Fiduciary to your plan for the investment advice that is rendered to the retirement plan's committee.
Tom graduated with a B.S. in finance and a minor in Spanish from Western Illinois University and earned his M.B.A. in international finance from the Thunderbird School of Management. Tom is a member of Toastmasters International and a board member of Good Shepherd Manor Foundation, which supports a home for developmentally challenged adults. In his spare time, Tom enjoys boating, snow skiing and golfing. He and his wife, Bobbie, have one son, Blake, and live in Barrington, Illinois.
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Benjamin Brown, CPWA®
As a member of the Klaas Group, Ben focuses on leading clients through manager due diligence for liquid and alternative investments, optimizing balance sheet efficiencies, and managing transactions for multigenerational families of means. Ben broadened his wealth planning focus through the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) certification program. Candidates who earn the CPWA® certification learn to identify and analyze challenges high-net-worth individuals face, and understand how to develop specific strategies to minimize taxes, monetize and protect assets, maximize growth, and transfer wealth according to their clients' goals and objectives. Ben built prior experience as a Financial Analyst and Account Manager to minimize risks while growing key portfolios. Ben holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Ben is deeply involved various civic and charitable organizations; most notably as a Director for the Western Golf Association-Evans Scholars Foundation, Trustee for The Barrington Area Conservation Trust and a Board Member for Cara Program.
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Alexander William Klaas
Alexander W. Klaas began working with UBS Financial Services Inc. in 2014. In June of 2016, after graduating from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Finance, he joined the Klaas Group as a Financial Advisor and currently holds his Series 7 and 66 license. Outside of work, Alex enjoys volunteering with children and with The KlaasKids Foundation. His other hobbies include playing music and spending time working on cars. Alex believes strongly in an integrity-driven advisor relationship and knows the importance of recommending suitable investments based on customized client profiles.
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With over two decades in the banking and investment management industry, Karoline joined UBS in 2007 as a Senior Wealth Strategy Associate and Corporate Stock Benefit Consultant. She is responsible for the administration of the team's stock option exercise, executive compensation programs and marketing. Prior to UBS, Karoline worked as an Associate Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley from 1995 to 2007 and as an assistant to the Vice President of Investments at Parkway Bank & Trust Company from 1989 to 1995. She graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science in finance and has been a member of The Klaas Group since August of 1995. Karoline is actively involved in the PTA and multiple sports while raising three young boys along with her husband of 18 years.
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Kathleen Ann Miller
Client Service Associate
Kathy joined the Klaas Group in 2014 as a Customer Service Associate. She has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining UBS, Kathy worked at Fidelity Investments for 15 years as Financial Advisor and Trading Supervisor and for 3 years as Financial Advisor at Charles Schwab. She has been married to her husband Jeff for 22 years and has three children named Stephen, Jackie and Brian.