Kotys Wealth Professionals
Fee-Only Financial Planner serving Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.
As Founder and President of Kotys Wealth Professionals, Wesley (Wes) Kotys brings nearly 20 years of financial planning and investment management experience to the firm. Also acting as Senior Wealth Advisor, Wes is intricately involved in our day-to-day business, managing investment models and conducting research utilizing our highly disciplined rules-based process.
Inspired by their shared passion for building an exceptional service model based on independence, conflictâ€free advice, and unique portfolio management process, in 2007 Wes and Sarah Kotys launched The Kotys Group, a wealth management firm dedicated to educating and enabling clients to achieve true wealth. Fresh out of the gate, the group was focused on setting the standard for professional financial planning.
For Wes, it has been an evolution of always working toward the best possible client experience, an attitude that has carried the entire group to present day, operating as an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm, where the advisors offer fee-only advice. They believe this is the purest platform for wealth advisory services. “It puts us on the same side of the table, as a fiduciary, with every client relationship. And I believe that’s the way it should be,” Wes stated.
Prior to launching The Kotys Group in 2007, Wes spent nearly a decade with major broker-dealers, such as Prudential Financial and Edward Jones. At Edward Jones, he had one of the fastest growing offices in the country. A second generation financial adviser, Wes was also in the top 10% of all financial advisors associated with LPL from 2012-2013.
As an accomplished speaker and financial educator, Wes has received national and regional awards as a financial advisor. He is also very involved in the community and believes strongly in giving back. His many business and social appointments include Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Vice Chair of Small Business, 2015 Co-Chair of Chef’s Around the Table Empower Porter County, past Board Member of Bethel Valparaiso Church and past Board Member of the Valparaiso YMCA.
Wes attended Purdue University from 1996-1999 and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He believes strongly in continuing education and has earned the following certifications and accreditations:
- CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®)
- Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®)
- Series 66 Uniform Securities Agent/Registered Investment Advisor
- Life and Health Insurance
Wesley Kotys is a Member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors - highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.
NAPFA members live by three important values:
- To be the beacon for independent, objective financial advice for individuals and families.
- To be the champion of financial services delivered in the public interest.
- To be the standard bearer for the emerging profession of financial planning
At Kotys Wealth Professionals everything we do is focused on you and your goals. Our first order of business is taking the time to get to know you – what you want for yourself and your family, your appetite for risk, your plans for the future. With that foundation set, we then educate you, guide you and provide you with financial strategies that will help you accomplish your goals. We see money as a tool to help you realize your dreams and reach a higher purpose with your wealth.
We Evaluate. Our process looks beyond your current assets to identify what you feel is most important. We will discuss your past experiences, family values, dreams, and accomplishments – in order to compile an accurate, holistic picture of where you are and what your future can be.
We Plan. Once we fully understand your life’s priorities, the next step is to assess any gaps in your financial situation that need to be filled. Together, we will create a living blueprint — one that adapts to change and life events – to help you accomplish your goals.
We Grow. As the global economy continues to integrate, making the world an even smaller place, it has become more important than ever to have an investment process that looks beyond broad markets. We have a disciplined, rules-based process to guide you toward areas of the market which are most suitable for current economic conditions.
We Preserve. In certain market conditions protecting your investments becomes more important than looking for growth. We will help you position your portfolio in a defensive posture during volatile market conditions. While growth is our ultimate long-term goal, Kotys Wealth Professionals aim to offer downside protection of your assets preparing you for the unexpected.
Kotys Wealth Professionals will develop your own personal investment plan that fills any gaps in your current financial situation. We explain your options which are most appropriate and work with you to execute those recommendations at the highest professional standards.
We do this while keeping you fully informed. We monitor your investments, recommend rebalancing as needed, and provide you with regular reports on your holdings, your performance, and market conditions. Our aim is to always make the most of your current assets while being prepared for the unexpected.
Today, Kotys Wealth Professionals is one of the region's most respected financial advisory firms according to Financial Advisor Magazine-RIA Survey & Ranking 2016 article. With its headquarters just 45 miles southeast of Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana, it is always the firm’s goal to build deep and genuine relationships with clients, deliver extraordinary service and help clients achieve their dreams through true wealth management.
According to Wes, “Our dreams come true every time we help our clients achieve theirs.”
Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent: Three Important Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor.
- Comprehensive Financial Planning
- Retirement Income Planning
- Investment Management
- College Education Planning
- Tax Planning
- Retirees and Near Retirees
- Growing Families
- Business Owners and Executives
- Sudden Money Situations
- Novice Investors
- In-Office Meetings
- Virtual Meetings
- Clearly Defined Fees
- No Product Sales
- Complimentary Initial Consultation
Professional Designations & Affiliations
Wesley Kotys is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.
Wesley Kotys is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional - Click for Verification
CFP® professionals are held to strict ethical standards to ensure financial planning recommendations are in your best interest. What’s more, a CFP® professional must acquire several years of experience related to delivering financial planning services to clients and pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Exam before they can use the CFP® designation.
Wesley Kotys is a member of The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®)
FPA® is the largest membership organization for CFP® professionals in the U.S. and supports high standards of professional competence, ethical conduct, and clear, complete disclosure when serving clients.
Wesley Kotys is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist
Financial advisors and investment managers who hold the AAMS® designation have completed a course of study encompassing investments, insurance, tax, retirement, and estate planning issues. Individuals must pass an end-of-course examination that tests their ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations. All designees have agreed to adhere to Standards of Professional Conduct and are subject to a disciplinary process.
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