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The Platania Financial Team

Since 1991, Platania Financial has been dedicated to helping clients take command of their financial future. Based in downtown Arlington Heights, we proudly serve clients throughout the Chicago suburbs and across the country. Through state-of-the-art technology and video conferencing capabilities, our team maintains close relationships with clients all over the United States.

Jim Platania, CFP®, AIF®

President | Certified Financial Planner™

Jim is a dedicated Certified Financial Planner™, and a Registered Principal with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, one of the country’s largest independent Broker/Dealers and Registered Investment Advisory firms.

Jim has over three decades of experience providing financial advice. His primary areas of experience are planning for those nearing, or already in retirement, creating investment plans, and implementing income streams for those in retirement.

Jim has been widely quoted in the financial press, including USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Herald. Consumer Digest, Worth Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, CFP® Today, Morningstar 5-Star Investor, Financial Planning Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, The Journal of Financial Planning, and the Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money.

He has authored several financial planning articles and conducted financial seminars for major corporations and institutions, such as UOP, Motorola, American Dental Association, ADP Corporation, Encyclopedia Britannica, Quaker Oats Company, and United Airlines.

He has appeared on WLS-TV’s “News View”, with Alan Krashesky, CNBC’s special edition “The Bull Run” and “Market Wrap", as well as CLTV’s “Making Money”. He has also appeared on a variety of Chicagoland radio stations, including WGN and WBBM, to discuss investment and retirement planning related topics. 

He is a licensed CFP® practitioner, Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designee, and past President and Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Society of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. Jim is dedicated to developing lasting relationships with all of his clients. He believes in helping you assess your financial goals and participate in the management of your finances. 

Jim Platania, Jr., CFP®, CPA, AIF®

Certified Financial Planner™

Jim Jr. is a registered Financial Advisor with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, holding his Series 7 and Series 63 securities registrations.  Jim helps clients of the firm plan to reach their financial goals and objectives involving retirement planning, education funding, and tax planning, amongst others.  Jim also assists with the day-to-day operations at Platania Financial, providing care and service to individuals and small businesses.  With the guidance of his mentor, Jim Sr., he assists in implementing strategies to help clients lower their taxes and preserve wealth. He holds the certified financial planner™ (CFP®), certified public accountant (CPA), and accredited investment fiduciary (AIF®) designations in the State of Illinois.  Jim has been featured in and written for the finance section of the Daily Herald’s Business Ledger.

Prior to working at Platania Financial, Jim spent three years providing financial services at KPMG LLP.  He graduated with Honors from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012.

Jim grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where he graduated from St. Viator High School. He lives in Lincoln Park and enjoys boating, traveling to new places, and playing in basketball and beach volleyball recreational leagues. Jim values charitable service and has spent time as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Chicago.

Bridget Platania, EA

Director of Operations

Bridget has been devoted to assisting clients of the firm since 1993.  She is the organizational backbone of the firm, and is responsible for operations, client services and compliance support.  She also oversees trading and asset allocation maintenance.  

Bridget graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  After working as an accountant in both the private and public sectors, she began her Cetera Advisor Networks LLC (formerly Financial Network) career working with Jim in 1993.  She currently holds the Series 7, 63 and 65 securities registrations, and earned her Enrolled Agent (EA) designation in 2017.

Lisa Lawler

Client Relationship Specialist

Delivering outstanding client service has always been an essential part of a day's work for Lisa.  As the Client Relationship Specialist at Platania Financial, Lisa plays a key role in maximizing the client experience.  She is the primary point of contact for scheduling needs and assists with client communications and events.  She helps with the day-to-day activities around the office to ensure smooth and accurate operations.  She has worked in the Financial Services industry since 2002.  

Lisa enjoys tennis, bicycle riding, and spending time with friends and family.  She is married to her husband of over 30 years, has three grown sons, and resides in Elk Grove, IL.