Brenda  Knox

Brenda Knox

| CFP®, BS, AIF®

Financial Elements, Inc.


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Fee Only Financial Planner Located in Rolling Meadows, IL and Serving Clients Nationwide


  • Fee-Only Financial Services
  • Comprehensive Financial Planning
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Investment Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • Education Planning
  • Elder Care Issues
  • Estate Planning
  • Insurance Analysis
  • Charitable Giving and Trusts
  • Planning for Business Owners
  • Cash Flow and Budgeting


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1861 Hicks Road
Suite D
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Fee-Only & Fiduciary

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country's leading association of fee-only and fiduciary financial planners.

Brenda Knox is a Fee-Only Financial Planner serving the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and surrounding areas.   With offices located in Rolling Meadows, Financial Elements, Inc. specializes in providing objective financial planning to help clients build, manage, grow, and protect their assets through life's transitions. Brenda Knox is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor and a CFP® Professional.

Brenda Knox, CFP® AIF® is President of Financial Elements, Inc.  She has been a financial advisor for over 20 years, working at another Fee-Only financial advisory firm prior to founding Financial Elements, Inc.  She has a wide variety of experience working extensively with clients in the creation of hundreds of financial plans.    She enjoys developing long term relationships with her clients and tailoring her services to her clients’ individual needs.  She works with clients on investments, retirement planning, cash flow and savings, insurance, estate, and college planning.

Brenda completed all five modules of the CFP® certification education program on an accelerated basis. She sat for and passed the comprehensive CFP® examination in 1997, and received her CFP® certification in 1999.   Brenda graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting major, and has an Associate in Arts degree from William Rainey Harper College. She was also a member of the Franklin Honor Society at Roosevelt University.  Prior to her work in financial planning, Ms. Knox worked for Ameritech Corporation in Hoffman Estates.  Her positions there included leading a team of revenue analysts and working in general ledger accounting. 

Brenda pursues continuing education on a regular basis.  Through the CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist) program through the Wharton School and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), she has earned her RPA (Retirement Plan Associate) designation and her GPA (Group Benefits Associate) designation.


Brenda has been a case study presenter at a NAPFA Midwest Conference.  In addition, she has previously served in an advisory capacity to the University of Illinois Extension services by reviewing financial planning literature for accuracy prior to publication.  Currently, she is serving as the President of  the NAPFA Midwest Regional Board. She has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. 

In May of 2013, Brenda earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.  The AIF® designation certifies she has specialized knowledge of fiduciary standards of care and their application to the investment management process. 


Brenda lives in Rolling Meadows with her husband and two boys.  She is actively involved in her community; serving as Activity Chair for Boy Scouts, and as council president at her church.  Financial Elements also supports Team Salute, Fremd High School, and other local organizations. 



Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.



Integrating Dollars & Cents with Common Sense & Compassion

Financial Elements, Inc. is a boutique Fee-Only financial planning and investment advisory firm located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.   

Whether you are just starting out in your working life or enjoying retirement, you can benefit from financial planning. I offer comprehensive financial advice tailored to your individual situation. We will work together to determine what financial stability means to you and then design a plan to meet your goals.