At the Chicago Advisory Group, we believe in a consultative, educational approach to wealth management. With deep backgrounds in financial services and specialties in investment management, client service and research, our team is dedicated to your success.

Chicago Advisory Group Team

Steven Billimack CIMA® , CAIA®, AIF®

Managing Director, Partner

Steve Billimack is the Managing Director of the Chicago Advisory Group. With more than 25 years of financial services experience, Steve specializes in guiding clients to help them achieve their long-term financial goals. 

Prior to joining HighTower as the very first advisor partner in 2008, Steve managed a fee-based investment advisory practice as a Senior Managing Director with U.S. Fiduciary (USF). He also served as the President of West Hills Asset Management, directing both the asset management practice and the institutional research practice supporting outside CPAs, banks and brokerage firms. Steve’s passion for independent research has enabled him to hold additional positions in the past such as Director of Research and Chairman of the Investment Committee at both USF and HighTower.

Steve earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago and Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from DePaul University. He also holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® (CAIA®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designations, which focus on non-traditional investment offerings and investment consulting, respectively. Steve also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation, further strengthening his education as an investment fiduciary for clients.

Steve, his wife, Vicki, and their two adult children, Grace and Jack, support a number of charities ranging from religious, to healthcare, education and the arts. When not avidly following his children’s pursuits, Steve competes with his German Shepherds in working dog trials, having won several regional championships.

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Stephanie Pellati

Senior Registered Relationship Manager

Stephanie Pellati is a Senior Registered Relationship Manager at the Chicago Advisory Group. She focuses on providing clients with excellent customer service through the maintenance of account administration, performance reporting, billing, trading and assistance with research.  

Prior to joining HighTower, Stephanie performed similar duties at U.S. Fiduciary, LLC for nearly three years. Stephanie also worked on the floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange for five years, first as a Member Floor Broker, and then as a Specialist. In both positions, she provided clients with high levels of execution and service by ensuring fair market pricing as well as managing any possible clearing or execution issues.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in International Relations from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. 

She lives in Chicago’s western suburbs with her husband, Jeff, and their son, Gus. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

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Janeen A. France

Head of Product & Platform Management, HighTower

Janeen France is the Head of Product & Platform Management, a division of Global Investment Solutions, at HighTower. Janeen brings more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry to HighTower. 

Prior to joining HighTower, Janeen held a number of roles at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Most recently, she oversaw the Investment Product Strategy for Managed Products, working closely with the Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Construction Manager and Portfolio Manager to bring timely investment ideas to the advisors and their clients. While at J.P. Morgan, she led a team focused on new product and platform solutions, built a global training team to support product/platform launches, successfully improved efficiencies through large-scale reengineering and change management initiatives, and ensured business alignment with regulatory and industry standards. 

Janeen graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware, where she started a public speaking program in the Communications Department. She currently holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses.
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Matthew D. Harris, CMT®

Head of Consulting, HighTower

Matt Harris is the Head of Consulting, a division of Global Investment Solutions, at HighTower. Matt brings more than seven years of investment analysis and capital market experience to HighTower. His current focus is capital market analysis, manager search and selection, and intellectual property creation.  

Prior to joining HighTower, Matt worked as a Financial Advisor with a Senior Institutional Consulting wealth management team, which subsequently left Morgan Stanley in the fall of 2008 to join HighTower. His work within the wealth management team focused on investment analysis, portfolio construction and asset allocation.  

Matt holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Francisco State University. He played intercollegiate soccer for both University Nevada‐Las Vegas and San Francisco State University. Matt currently holds the Chartered Market Technician® (CMT®) designation, as well as the Series 7 and 65 securities licenses. 
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