Your lasting legacy

What will your legacy be? Whether it's to preserve your estate for the next generation, or contribute to the philanthropic causes that mean so much, we provide the advice you need to clarify your goals, weigh your choices and choose a strategy today that can help you shape the legacy you envision for tomorrow.

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Gerald Smith

Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

Financial Advisor

Gerald joined the financial services industry in 1986 and has managed his clients' financial lives through many market corrections and recessions. He assists a select group of high net worth individuals, business owners and corporate executives in all facets of their financial life. Since he chooses to serve only select clients, his team is available to provide customized solutions to complex issues, attentive personal service and accountability. He emphasizes asset allocation and total portfolio management with a focus on retirementincome planning. He also assists clients with liability management, education funding, structures for charitable giving and estate planning.

With the proper planning that Gerald can help provide, you can maintain control over your legacy. By working with your attorney, he helps evaluate strategies for transferring your assets—so you leave a legacy. With Gerald, you will always be connected to your money. He stays actively engaged and takes a hands-on approach, which enables him to anticipate your needs.

Gerald's professional experience includes working at Merrill Lynch. He holds the applicable securities registrations and insurance licenses. He also relentlessly pursues advanced training programs to stay equipped to address the issues that impact his clients.

Gerald earned a bachelor’s of science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and an M.B.A., with concentrations in finance and marketing, from Indiana University in Bloomington. Gerald and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters, who recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.


Gerald Smith holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 & 65 securities licenses and is a licensed California insurance agent (CA License #:0G83230).

Registered States:
  • AZ
  • CA
  • CO
  • DE
  • FL
  • GA
  • IL
  • IN
  • KY
  • MI
  • NC
  • NV
  • NY
  • SC
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • WI


  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Marketing, Indiana University
One Tower Lane
Oakbrook Terrace Tower, Suite 1700
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
  • (630) 572-4005

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