Meet Favia Group
Our talented advisory team is here to serve you. Put our expertise to work! From qualified retirement plans to complex tax strategies, our team has the knowledge and experience needed to help you navigate whatever situation you are facing. Trying to manage everything by yourself can feel a bit like drinking from a fire hose. Our team is here to help you make sense of it all and incorporate every aspect of your finances into a cohesive strategy. This is Favia Group.
Jo Ann personifies the collective ideals and values that have driven Favia Group to success. Her deeply held convictions of honesty and integrity are the foundation of the firm’s culture. A connector of people, Jo Ann places a premium on relational equity, going above and beyond the call of duty for every client. She works diligently with business owners and individuals to develop strategic, long-term financial plans and facilitates an ongoing dialogue to help clients understand options and the implications of the changing investment environment.
Jo Ann has proven her excellence with her success over the last 30 years as an industry leader. Under her capable leadership Favia Group has continued to grow. She frequently speaks at a variety of financial events as an educator, and holds several distinguishing designations including Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Accredited Investment Fiduciary. She is a Registered Representative with Kestra Investment Services, LLC and an Investment Advisor Representative with Kestra Advisory Services, LLC. Jo Ann has earned achievement for 28 years to the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), a prestigious organization recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life and financial services industry. Less than 1% of financial advisors meet the requirements to qualify as Top of the Table, which Jo Ann is an accomplished member of.
Outside of the office, Jo Ann enjoys spending time with her two children, Nikole and Michael. True to her giving personality she is invested in the greater Chicago community and regularly organizes and participates in charity events from blood drives to service projects. She also enjoys being in the great outdoors, boating, and travel.
If you have questions or concerns about how your 401(k) plan works, Daniel will be there for you. As Favia Group's resident retirement plan expert, he helps business owners and individuals set a course for success utilizing their retirement plans. His duties include serving as the primary contact for plan sponsors, consulting on plan design, and ensuring plan sponsors meet their fiduciary responsibility.
As a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Dan currently holds the FINRA Series 6 (Investment Company and Variable Contracts) and 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law) Licenses, as well as a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) Certification. He is actively pursuing the Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) license and looks to continue his industry education. He brings more than ten years of retirement planning experience to Favia Group. Dan does not offer Securities or Investment Advisory Services.
Dan enjoys time with family and friends and has a passion for adventure. He has already been to Europe and Australia with plans to travel to every continent! Locally, he satisfies his appetite for adventure by visiting new restaurants in the area.
Julia joined Favia Group in 2017, bringing with her almost ten years of experience as a paraplanner. She works directly alongside Jo Ann, supporting the planning needs of individual clients and empowering them through knowledge and education. She considers it a privilege to advise others regarding their finances; as a child, Julia saw the detrimental lifelong impacts of family members receiving poor financial advice. This has driven her to help as many people as possible throughout her career.
Julia is driven to furthering her knowledge in an industry that's continually changing. She holds the FINRA Series 6 (Investment Company and Variable Contracts), 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law), and 65 (NASAA Investment Advisers Law Examination) licenses, Illinois Life Insurance and Health Insurance producer licenses, and the Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional (FPQP™) designation through the College of Financial Planning. She continues to pursue additional professional designations. Julia does not offer Securities or Investment Advisory Services.
Financial planning is not her only talent. Julia studied music performance at Wheaton College and performs as an accomplished vocalist and pianist throughout Chicagoland. She and her husband, Abdiel, live in the western suburbs of Chicago and are active in their local church. They enjoy hiking, traveling, playing music together, and spending time with family and friends – especially their toddler, Gabriel!
Kimberly is the first person you’ll meet when you call or visit Favia Group. Her welcoming personality and attention to detail are an essential part of our unique client experience. Partnering with Dan Carthew, Kimberly helps 401(k) plan sponsors and participants navigate the complex details involved in a retirement plan.
Prior to joining Favia Group in 2016, Kimberly worked in real estate before shifting to the financial industry. She holds life and health licenses and is studying to become our resident insurance expert. Kimberly does not offer Securities or Investment Advisory Services.
Kimberly lived in Durango, CO for several years and carries with her a deep love for the mountains and the great outdoors. While Illinois doesn’t have the views of Colorado, Kimberly enjoys exploring and taking road trips with her dog, Lacey. She even completed the 2013 Chicago Marathon! Her future aspirations include visiting each National Park in her lifetime.
Favia Group would like to introduce our newest team member, Donna Wojciechowski, who will be serving as our Director of Clients Relations. Donna’s priority is to deliver the concierge service our clients deserve and have come to expect from Favia Group. With her 30 years of service in the customer service arena, she is well-positioned to host captivating events, interactive workshops, and other personalized activities for you, your families and your guests.
Donna’s high-level of expertise with elite client experiences make her the perfect addition to Favia Group. Her witty personality, creative ideas, and desire for innovation will complement in achieving our goal of long-standing relationships while catering to our client's needs.
Donna enjoys many activities including cake decorating, travel, golfing, boating, and spending time with her family.