Advisors

Advisors

Within the world of financial advisors, we see ourselves as Goldilocks. Not too big, not too small. Just the right size to relate to you comfortably, humans to human, and yet ensure that there’s always a member of the team available to address any issues that come your way.

 

Whether you’re just out of school and starting your career, trying to figure out how to save for your kids’ college, or you’re thinking about retirement, grandkids, and your legacy, we offer you the resources and expertise to fully explore your options at every point.

 

At the same time, we strive to provide the individualized and personalized attention that gives you a meaningful level of comfort and peace of mind—knowing that we see you, not as a number, an account or simply a client, but as the particular person you are, with your own unique family situation, goals and priorities, and your own way of relating to your financial life.

David N. Navarro, ChFC®, CFP®, MSFS

President

Dave has been president of Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group since 1997. He is a registered securities principal of Commonwealth Financial Network® with more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. His compassion for helping people, coupled with his wealth management and financial planning skills, have earned him the respect of clients and colleagues alike.

Dave provides his clients with customized solutions to pursue their specific financial goals. Education is extremely important to Dave, as a way of helping his clients reach their goals. He believes that financial success is not merely measured in dollars, but in how well it allows people to realize their dreams for themselves and their families.

Dave is active in his community and coaches youth soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. He has served on the board of Chicago's Entrepreneur Organization and the board of his church in Glen Ellyn and has taught courses for aspiring ChFC® and CFP® professionals. Dave resides in Wheaton with his wife and three children. Dave is an alumnus of the University of Illinois, Champaign, where he received a degree in economics and political science. Dave also holds an MS in financial services and is both a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®).

Jae W. Ha, ChFC®, CRPS®

Financial Advisor

Jae has been serving in the financial services industry since 1998. As an experienced wealth management advisor and financial planner, Jae’s success comes from not only managing money but understanding each client’s unique situation and how to navigate the ups and downs in his or her life’s journey. To do this, he employs a comprehensive approach for each client according to his or her goals and needs. As a former business owner, Jae specializes in creating plans for successful business owners, as well as families.

Jae is actively involved in his community. He volunteers as a Sunday school teacher and a choir member for his church and has served as the vice president of Midwest Korean Junior Chamber Association (Jaycees) and as a board member of the Korean American Association of Chicago.

Jae is a member of The National Unification Advisory Council. The NUAC advises by request and makes proposals to the President of the Republic of Korea regarding policy development and implementation for a democratic and peaceful inter-Korean unification. 

Jae graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a BS in accounting. He is a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) and a Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM (CRPS®).  Jae has been living in the metro Chicago area for more than 30 years with his wife and two sons.

John A. Ferrante II, ChFC®, CRPS®

Financial Advisor

John began working in the financial services industry in 1995 at Prudential Financial, advising clients primarily on insurance matters. John joined Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in 1998 to further his development as a financial advisor and to deliver superior service, products, and technology to his clientele. 

John enjoys working with young professionals in the technology arena and small business owners. John takes a personal interest in working intimately with his clients in helping them achieve their financial goals and objectives.  

John is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. While with the Air Force, he specialized in the Intelligence division and served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

John is a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) and a Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM (CRPS®). He studied business and attended Harper College in Palatine and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. John is an avid fitness guru and enjoys nearly all sports and outdoor activities. John is very passionate about sports when it comes to the professional teams of Chicago. John; his wife, Mayra; and sons, Gavin and AJ, live in Batavia, Illinois.

Brett Sherpan, CFP®, ChFC®, CRPS®

Financial Advisor

Brett's career began in information technology, where he developed simple solutions to abstract problems and excelled at translating the obscure and the complex into concise, understandable concepts. In 2002, he left the IT industry to embark on a new journey—joining Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group. 

Brett now works with families, savers and inheritors, corporate executives, business owners, widows and widowers, retirees, and want-to-be retirees helping educate and navigate them through difficult and complex financial situations.

Brett is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and an alumnus of Roosevelt University. He is also a Chartered Financial Consultant® and a Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM designee.

If you are ready to develop a financial plan and put it into action, seeking counsel on investments or estate planning, or have recently experienced a life transition such as a divorce, a pending retirement, or starting or selling a business, you must contact Brett and colleagues at Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group.

Eric N. Otto

Financial Advisor

Eric helps his clients keep their expectations in check and works with associated professionals to develop sensible strategies for correlating the accumulation, retirement, and estate planning phases of the investment cycle. He helps clients structure their portfolios and then manages them based on reasonable goals, with an emphasis on tax and risk management, using either a discretionary or collaborative approach.

 

Before joining Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in 2011, Eric was a founding member of Otto & Associates as well as Otto & Dunne Financial Group. Previously, he was a financial advisor for UBS Financial Services and its predecessors. Prior to beginning work in wealth management, Eric was a corporate account executive for AT&T helping manage the telecommunication needs for businesses.

 

Eric earned a BS in economics from Colorado State University. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designee and holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, as well as an Illinois life and health insurance license.

 

Eric and his wife, Laura, live in Northfield, Illinois. They have twin daughters, Emily and Heidi. Eric likes to hunt, trap and skeet-shoot, play golf, and ski. 

Carlo J. Airdo, CFP®, CRPS®, MBA

Financial Advisor

Carlo joined Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in April 2014, after spending more than 20 years with HSBC, one of the largest banks in the world. A lifelong student of money, an avid reader, and having spent his entire career in financial   services, Carlo brings a holistic perspective to financial planning, namely, that in order to truly enjoy all-around success, it’s important to have balance and strength in all aspects of your life—emotional, intellectual, financial, physical, social, and spiritual.

Carlo earned a BS from Elmhurst College and an MBA with a concentration in marketing from DePaul University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM designee. He also holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network and is a licensed insurance producer. In addition to helping individuals and families manage their wealth, Carlo leads Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group’s retirement plan business, supporting small and mid-size companies who offer 401(k) and other retirement plans to their employees. 

Carlo is a longtime Chicago Blackhawks fan, start his day at 4:15 A.M. with a trip to the gym, and is an unabashed coffee snob. He enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends. Carlo and his family currently reside in Elmhurst.

Wealth creation is a marathon, not a sprint, and short-term sacrifices, especially early in your career, can pay dividends over the longer term. Carlo welcomes the opportunity to help you and your family define what your financial dreams are, remove the mystery you may find in financial planning, and craft a plan to achieve a life of financial confidence.