A Dedicated and Experienced Team – North Star’s culture is built on a commitment to investment excellence and customer service.
Senior Management & Portfolio Managers
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, North Star Financial Services Corp.;
President, North Star Investment Management Corp.
Peter has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. In addition to working with individual clients and families, Peter acts as portfolio manager for the North Star Micro Cap Fund, the North Star Dividend Fund, the North Star Bond Fund and the North Star Opportunity Fund. Peter has served as the treasurer of a number of charitable and political organizations and as a director of a Chicago-area bank, a publicly traded business development company, and a community hospital. Peter earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan School of Business. Peter and his family live in Chicago.
Chief Investment Officer, North Star Investment Management Corp.
Eric has over 30 years of experience serving both individual and institutional clients. As Chairman of the Investment Committee, Eric is responsible for overseeing the firm’s various investment strategies. Eric acts as portfolio manager for the North Star Micro Cap Fund, the North Star Opportunity Fund, the North Star Bond Fund and the North Star Dividend Fund. Eric holds an M.B.A. in Finance as well as a B.A. in Economics from The University of Chicago. Eric and his family live in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Chief Fixed Income Strategist, North Star Investment Management Corp.
Sheldon began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on the Open Market Trading desk 52 years ago and later founded the high-yield trading division at Goldman Sachs. In addition, Sheldon was a partner, compliance officer, and sales manager at Bear Stearns; was director of Commodities and Futures at Gruntal & Co.; and is a former director of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Sheldon oversees the firm’s fixed income operations, including Municipals, Treasuries, Corporates, Agencies, and CDs, and acts as portfolio manager for the North Star Bond Fund. Sheldon holds a Masters in Economics from The City University of New York. Sheldon and his family live in Chicago.
Chief Equity Strategist & Senior Portfolio Manager
Brad has 25 years of financial industry experience. In addition to working with individual clients, Brad acts as portfolio manager for the North Star Opportunity Fund and the North Star Bond Fund. Previously he had 13 years of security experience as a member, specialist, and trader on the Chicago Stock Exchange. Brad graduated from the University of Maryland and received his J.D. from Marquette Law School. Brad and his family live in Highland Park, Illinois.
North Star Family Office
President, North Star Family Office
Prior to joining North Star, Bill founded BNR Partners, LLC, Family Office. He has experience in trust and estate administration, and financial planning experience at Continental Illinois National Bank, LaSalle National Bank, American National Bank, and Bank One N.A., where he specialized in coordinating and managing the delivery of a broad range of financial services to many of the bank’s most important clients. Bill received a Bachelor of Arts from Carroll University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School, a certificate in Ranch Management from King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A & M University – Kingsville, and is a CFP. He is the current president of The Luminarts Cultural Foundation and is a board member of the Chicago Engineers Foundation, Guerin College Prep, and the Business Advisory Council at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is also the chair of the Art Committee at the Union League Club of Chicago.
Eric Papenhagen, CFP®
Vice President, North Star Family Office
Eric has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He provides customized, comprehensive family office services which includes developing and confirming financial plans and investment strategies, reviewing investment performance, acting as a fiduciary liaison, and administering complex financial situations for High Net Worth individuals and families. Eric began his career in retail banking with NBD Bank and quickly transitioned within the parent organization to Trust & Asset Management with American National Bank/Bank One/JPMorgan Chase. Since 2004 and until joining North Star in 2020, Eric worked in Wealth Management for MB Financial Bank (now Fifth Third) most recently as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Investment Advisory Services. Additionally, he also served as a Relationship Manager and/or Senior Investment Advisor for High Net Worth clients during his entire tenure with the bank. Eric earned his M.B.A. from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business as well as his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is also a Certified Financial Planner (TM). Eric and his family live in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Vice President, North Star Family Office
Harry has over 23 years of experience in the financial industry. In addition to working with individual clients and high net worth families, Harry acts as a Vice President for the North Star Family Office. He has experience in trust and estate administration as well as all aspects of financial planning experience that he practiced while working at Mid City National Bank, US Bank and MB Financial Bank, where he specialized in providing a broad range of financial services to families with multi-generational wealth. Harry received a Bachelor of Science in Business from North Park University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School. Harry and his family live in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Director of Trust, Estate and Banking Administration
Heather Kaplan has over 25 years of trust, estate, investment, and private banking experience at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, Bank One N.A., BNR Partners, LLC and now North Star Family Office. She has managed several key relationships and coordinated the delivery of a broad range of financial services. She reviews complex trust/estate situations, as well as analyzes the private banking needs of our clients, including loan strategies. Heather received a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. Heather currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young daughters. She is active in her children’s school, participating in its Governing Board as a parent representative. Previously a Chicagoan for 20 years, she will always be a Midwesterner at heart.
Director of Client Services & Operations
Shannon is responsible for client relations and administration of customer accounts. She has over 10 years of office administration experience. Shannon earned her undergraduate degree at Columbia College. Shannon and her family reside in in Rolling Meadows, IL.
Family Office Client Service Administrator
Renee Hampton, Executive Administrator has over 40 years of office management and administrative support for clients. She has previous experience with BNR Partners, LLC, who provided family office services to high net worth individuals and their families. She also has experience with financial management and facilities management at Cremer, Kopon, Shaughnessy, Jansen and Siegert, LLC, Attorneys at Law, and Berg, DeMarco, Lewis, Sawatski & Co. a well known accounting firm in Northbrook, Illinois. Her role included administrative support for clients, personal/business mail, paying bills reconciling bank statements. Establishing relationships with property and casualty insurance, evaluate current insurance coverage for clients, including homeowners, automobile and personal umbrella limits. Domestic concierge, process medical claims and other insurance claims. Building relationships with other professionals such as asset managers, bankers and private equity professionals, attorney.
Family Office Client Service Administrator
Pam is responsible for client account administration for various relationships in the Family Office. She has over 25 years of trust administration experience at American National Bank Trust Company of Chicago, Bank One, JPMorgan Chase and Northern Trust. She has managed many complex client/family relationships, some over a billion dollars. Pam received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently lives in Schaumburg, IL with her husband and teenage son.
Financial Planning & Portfolio Managers
Milton “Mickey” Lefton, CFP
Managing Director of Financial Planning
Mickey has over 30 years of industry experience and assists clients in financial planning and acts as an investment adviser for their portfolios. From 1979 to 2012, Mickey was founder and president of Asset Financial Services, Inc., a financial planning and investment management firm in Chicago working with individuals, and small business owners and their family members. He has served as a board member of numerous charitable organizations, a private real estate development firm, and a government-licensed SBIC. Designations: CFP and Illinois Insurance Licenses. Mickey and his family live in Chicago.
Matthew Schwerin, CFA
Portfolio Manager & President of CAPS Financial Group, North Star Investment Management Corp.
Matthew has over 15 years of industry experience and assists clients in investment planning and acts as an investment adviser for their portfolios. From 1996 to August of 2005, Matthew served in various capacities for W.W. Grainger, Inc., and was a senior financial analyst, investments supervisor, business analysis manager, and director of finance; he also was responsible for selecting the investment managers for the company’s profit sharing plan as well as employee educational programs related to retirement planning. Matthew serves on the board of directors of Flanagan State Bank, a Central Illinois financial institution operating since 1913. Designations: CFA. Matthew is a CFA charter holder and earned his B.S. in Finance and Economics from Elmhurst College and his M.B.A. from Illinois State University.
Sharon Egan, CFP
Director of Financial Planning
Sharon has over 20 years in financial services, much of that in the banking industry, with positions at Bank of America, Chase Bank, and ABN Amro Bank, as a commercial lender, product specialist, and consultant for training. In 2005 she left banking and joined Mickey Lefton as a financial planner, and in 2010 they both joined North Star Investment Management Corp. Her work centers on the issues of women and people who are interested in making financial decisions that support life goals. This includes education for clients and encouraging them to increase their knowledge of financial issues. Sharon was chairman of the board for the FPA Illinois in 2014, is an instructor at Northwestern University, and speaks to groups around Chicago advocating financial literacy. Designations: Certified Financial Planner, Insurance licenses, MBA from Indiana University.
North Star Benefits, LLC
Michael Mazursky, CLU, ChFC
Founder & President, North Star Benefits, LLC
Mike has over 25 years of financial and insurance industry experience. He is responsible for providing guidance to corporate and personal clients in the areas of insurance, benefits, and investment planning. He holds designations as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) from The American College. Registrations: Series 6 and 63, Insurance Licenses: Life, Health and Accident, Variable, and Long-Term Care. Mike earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mike lives with his family in Highland Park.
Director of Business Administration, North Star Benefits
Sherri has over 20 years of industry experience. She is responsible for client relations, benefit operations, and overseeing plan administration. Sherri earned her undergraduate degree at Northeastern Illinois University and lives with her family in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Insurance Licenses: Life, Health, and Accident.
Jennie is responsible for plan administration, client relations, and office support. She has over 20 years of administrative experience. Jennie received her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently resides in Highland Park, Illinois with her family. Insurance Licenses: Life, Health, and Accident.
Managing Director of Trading
Melissa is responsible for executing all equity and fixed-income trades for the firm. Melissa has 20 years of industry experience. Registrations: Series 7, 63, and 65. Melissa received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and her M.B.A. from DePaul University.
Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
Andy joined North Star in 2015 and is responsible for oversight of the firm’s compliance. Prior to joining North Star, Andy served in various positions, including general counsel for a futures clearing firm, compliance specialist at a registered custodian, options trader at a proprietary trading firm, and litigation attorney. Andy received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from John Marshall Law School. Andy and his family live in Highland Park. Registrations: Series 7 and 24.
Managing Director of Client Services & Operations
Sandy is responsible for opening and overseeing customer accounts, handling account transfers, cashiering, and supporting our information technology. Registrations: Series 7 and 6.
Director of Mutual Fund Marketing
June is responsible for a wide range of the firm’s operational, marketing, and trading responsibilities. June received her undergraduate degree in Finance from Robert Morris University after attending UMass in Boston, and is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. June has over 20 years of financial services experience and has a Series 7 and 63.
Client Services & Operations Administrator
Vanetta has over 4 years of experience in the financial services industry and 10 years of customer service experience. Her responsibilities include client service support and office administration. Vanetta attended Columbia College for Business and Entrepreneurship. Vanetta and her family live in Oak Park, Illinois.
Client Services & Operations Administrator
Elaine is responsible for client relations and administration of customer accounts and has over 9 years of experience. Elaine earned her Associate of Applied Science in Advertising Communications from the International Academy of Design and Technology in 2008. Elaine lives in Chicago, IL.
Senior Client Services Administrator
Shellie is responsible for client relations and administration of customer accounts. Shellie and her family live in Highland Park, Illinois.
Client Service and Operations Administrator
Anna Lurie has over 4 years of experience in personal wealth management. Her financial experience runs the gamut of operations and client service. Anna received a Bachelors of Science from Illinois State University in the Spring of 2015. She has lived in the Chicagoland area for the better part of 22 years and is an avid hockey player.
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