Our Mission:

Provide financial peace of mind and to assure clients take actions that are aligned with their core values.

Our passion is in our process, and that is to create an enjoyable journey for our clients while ensuring their success.

We are a team with integrity, a supportive culture, a desire to provide meaningful service, and a motivation to be deeply involved in our community.


Our advisors

John Pavelka

CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, BFA, CEPA®

Private Wealth Advisor

Managing Partner of The Cities Private Wealth Group
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David Poole

CFP®, AAMS, CKA®

Financial Advisor

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Samantha Fournier

APMA

Associate Financial Advisor

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Ying Christa Ku

MBA, CFP®, APMA

Associate Financial Advisor

Learn more about Ying Christa Ku


Our team

Dawn Morris

Dawn Morris

Financial Planning Specialist,

Insurance Specialist

Personal Intro

With more than 20 years of financial services experience, Dawn strives to ensure that our clients’ financial planning needs are handled accurately and inline with the clients' retirement goals. Dawn also leads as our Insurance specialist.

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Courtney O'Connor

Courtney O'Connor

Operations Manager,

Marketing Manager

Personal Intro

With a strong marketing communications background coupled with more than 10+ years of marketing industry experience, Courtney strives to ensure that our clients receive accurate and timely information through print and digital marketing. She also plans and executes all client events.

Courtney also provides leadership and management to the practice that mirrors the mission and core values of the company.

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Danielle Awkerman

Danielle Awkerman

Client Service Specialist

Personal Intro

Danielle's background in Education (Bachelor of Science, LSU) and passion for learning, teaching, and all things technology informs her role as The Cities Group’s Digital Capabilities Specialist. Se can show you and your loved ones how to stay safe online while reaping the benefits of the Ameriprise Secure Site, Total View, and Mobile App.

Qualifications

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Chrissy Eaker

Chrissy Eaker

Operations Director,

Human Resource Manager of The Cities Private Wealth Group

Personal Intro

Chrissy comes to our team with 25 years of banking and management experience. She excels in managing processes and people, and ensuring we are achieving team goals. She believes that building relationships create a foundation of trust, leading to a successful team. Leadership comes in many different “colors”. With Chrissy's years of experience, she can help identify areas of opportunity from an operational stand point.

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Cassandra Dilly

Cassandra Dilly

Client Service Specialist,

Marketing Specialist

Personal Intro

Cassie joined the team with a background in operations, customer service, and compliance. She is new to the finance world and eager to learn more about the industry. As the Client Service Specialist Support, she will most likely be the smiling face that greets you when you come into the office, or you might have spoken with her when calling in. She is currently pursuing a B.A. at Western Illinois University.

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Jen Belanger

Jen Belanger

Operations Specialist

Personal Intro

Jen comes to us with over 20 years of leadership in the banking industry. Her experience with people management, underwriting, and project management combines caring leadership with a strong organizational focus and attention to detail. Jen is committed to helping the team maintain a consistently exceptional experience for our Clients.

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