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John Bever, CFP®

As a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional, John Bever understands that a financial plan will only be as successful as the goals it is designed to support. “I believe when you have a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish in your life,” says John, “that your financial plan will be a natural extension of your life plan.” One of John’s passions in life is to help his clients create a financial plan that is in harmony with their sense of life’s purpose. He believes that financial independence is not merely measured in dollars, but in how fully it allows someone to accomplish their life’s mission.

A Passion for His Profession
John began his career in the financial services industry in 1983. In 1984 his passion for financial planning and his desire to provide the best possible service to his clients led him to co-found Phase 3 Advisory Services, Ltd. Over the years, hundreds of individuals and small businesses have sought John’s experience and practical advice. His clients appreciate his ability to translate complex economic principles and global trends into practical strategies and advice.

A Commitment to Learning
Education is extremely important to John. He attended Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL, majoring in Communications. He received his B.S. in Organizational Communications with additional studies in Business and Personal Finance from Southern Illinois University in 1982. John continued his education through the College for Financial Planning, Denver, CO where in 1987, he completed his studies and to become a Certified Financial PlannerTMprofessional. He continues to attend industry conferences and workshops in order to deepen his knowledge and understanding of market and industry trends and legislative changes.

Striving for Balance
John enjoys many interests outside of work including health and fitness, reading, travel and home remodeling. “Home remodeling is my therapy. I’m fascinated by the finished product of skilled craftsmen and it keeps me humble,” says John. He believes that these interests help him maintain perspective. John believes, “Life isn’t about money, it’s about achieving our purpose.”

A Life of Dedication
Those who are familiar with John know that he has three main priorities in life: his faith, his family, and his firm. Though he owns and operates a successful financial planning firm, John’s greatest pleasures in life are spending time with his family and living out his faith. He particularly enjoys the opportunities he has to travel with Pam, his wife of 25 years, and their two daughters, Ashley and Julia. On a recent trip, John and his daughter Ashley traveled to South Africa to help prepare an orphanage for children with HIV and AIDS.

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Jim Uren, CFP®, CDFA

More Than a Career
As a Certified Financial PlannerTMprofessional, Jim Uren works hard every day to help improve the lives of his clients. Jim feels that helping clients is more than a career – it is a calling.  “I love what I do,” says Jim.  ”I believe that when I’m helping my clients manage their finances, I am doing what I was created to do,” Jim says. Jim focuses on helping his clients through the design of comprehensive financial plans and customized wealth management strategies. His compassion for helping people coupled with his wealth management and financial planning skills have earned him the respect of clients and colleagues alike.

A Love of Learning
Jim believes strongly in the value of higher education. He attended college at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois where he graduated with honors in 1996. After finishing college, Jim continued his education at Trinity where he took graduate courses in psychology and theology. Jim’s work eventually earned him both a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Religion. In 2001, Jim began his career at Phase 3 Advisory Services and continued his pursuit of high academic achievement. Since joining Phase 3, Jim has completed additional graduate work in the area of personal financial planning and has met all of the requirements to become a Certified Financial PlannerTMprofessional.

A Priority of Family
One of Jim’s highest priorities in life is his family. In 1995, Jim and his wife Jenn were married. “Jenn is my best friend and biggest supporter,” says Jim. “We’ve been married for over fifteen years and I am still amazed at Jenn’s dedication, talents and personal faith.” Jim and Jenn have three children, Emma, Micah and Samantha. Their family enjoys participating in their local church, weekly trips to the library, and other family adventures.

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Team Members
Our support team allows us to provide our clients with the exceptional service that they deserve. The services that we provide to our clients would not be possible without the help of this dedicated team of individuals.

Marilyn Jaffe*, Financial Planning Assistant

Marilyn is an experienced veteran in customer service and support. Marilyn assists our clients with account additions and deposits, account maintenance inquires, check requests, distributions and new account paperwork. She also assists our Private Management Account team in trade processing and account rebalancing. She comes to us after several years in the insurance industry. Marilyn enjoys spending time with her children and working with not for profit agencies.

Linda Catomer*, Financial Planning Assistant

Linda joins the Phase 3 team with over 20 years of administrative and customer service experience. She gathers and analyzes client data to generate reports and assists with various client transactionsand requests. She works in tandem with the Financial Advisors to maintain high standards of support and service. Linda also enjoys spending time with her husband Jim, gardening, reading, cooking, walking her dog, listening to music and playing with her 3 grandchildren.


Jeanne Coogan*, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Jeanne’s background is in Accounting and Investments.  She recently joined Phase 3 after working with a large financial services organization for many years.  Jeanne serves as our Administrative Assistant, and is often the face you will see first when you visit us at Phase 3.  She interacts daily with clients, while also assisting our staff with a myriad of tasks.  Jeanne enjoys spending time with her children, is an avid golfer and currently serves as a team leader with a local not for profit organization.

Susan Eggener*, Seminar Coordinator

Susan puts together our educational seminars and other events both in and out of the office. We hope you will be able to join one of these events soon. Susan also works as a support person to our Financial Planning Assistants. With over 20 years of experience with Phase 3 Advisory services, no one knows better how to help our clients. Susan enjoys spending time with her husband Rich, their children and 5 grandchildren.

Carl Schrock*, Research Analyst

Carl has worked in the Financial Services industry since 1981 and honed his research skills at GE Capital and other companies. He has been at Phase 3 Advisory Services since 2004. Carl builds portfolios designed for income and growth, allowing our advisors to spend more time with clients. Outside of work he enjoys gardening, fishing, basketball and golf. Carl and his wife Kathy have two married daughters and welcomed their first grandchild into the world on June 19, 2012.

Tom Spiegelhalter CFP®, MBA, Financial Advisor

Tom is a Financial Advisor at Phase 3, joining the firm in 2011 after a career in another field.  He is a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional and enjoys working with a wide range of people, ranging from clients just starting out in investing to retirees to business owners.  The types of financial needs that Tom helps with include:  strategies for paying off student debt, helping to plan for college, identifying your insurance needs and determining an investment mix that is right for you.  Retirement planning is also a key area of focus, with a concentration in Social Security and Medicare planning.

Financial Planning is Like a Marathon

Tom is an avid runner and has run 5 marathons, including the Boston Marathon.  After many years of running, he realizes that in any race, you cannot start out too fast, or it will be tough to finish.  Financial planning and investing have the same dynamic.  Tom believes you plan and invest for the long term.  He understands that there are hills to climb and also valleys that decline.  His approach is to even out the hills and valleys to give you a plan that helps you meet your financial and life goals.

Marathon of Life

In the marathon of life, Tom runs with his wife Jean of 33 years and his two daughters, Kelly and Kari.

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Shelley Hoffman*, Office Manager

As a new member of our Phase 3 team, Shelley enjoys getting to know how we serve clients and by ensuring that Phase 3 Advisory is a smooth running machine. She brings more than ten years of administrative and management experience to assist in keeping an organized and efficiently run office. She and her husband are blessed with two small children. She loves cooking, movies, attending sporting events, and spending time with her family.

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