Joe has been helping clients to plan for financial security for 14 years.  He has established himself as a leader in both his firm and industry by cultivating relationships based upon integrity, knowledge and commitment.  Over the years he has established a talented team of individuals with diverse backgrounds and a wide array of skills and talents, all with the goal of delivering the best possible service to our clients.

Joe maintains a lifelong commitment to continuing education. He regularly attends seminars for continuing education and is an avid reader. In 2008, Joseph received the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) professional designation through The American College. In 2010, Joe completed the rigorous requirements to earn a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ ( CFP®) certification, the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning.

Joe has participated as part of a Succession Planning panel discussion during The Entrepreneurship Institute's President Symposium held at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center.

Joseph Smith is a member of two honor's business school fraternities: Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi

Member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Active alumni and volunteer through DePaul University.

Certifications and Designations


The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™(CFP®) certification is one of the most recognized financial planning marks in the world. CFP® certification identifies to the public those individuals who have met rigorous professional standards and have agreed to adhere to the principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism, and diligence when dealing with clients. The certification differs from an educational designation or state license in that it is based upon requirements that have been determined by extensive job analyses of actual practitioners in the field, and therefore, continue to evolve with the profession. The CFP® certification prepares the financial services professional for a career-long commitment to meeting the ever-changing financial needs of clients.

CLU® Chartered Life Underwriter

The Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designation has long been recognized as the fundamental and foremost educational credential for life insurance professionals. Since 1927, more than 94,000 individuals have earned their CLU®, helping them build a successful life insurance practice by providing clients with knowledgeable and ethical advice. For financial representatives, field management, home office personnel, and others involved in providing life insurance products to the public, the CLU® designation symbolizes continuing growth and commitment to professionalism. 


Joseph M. Smith, CFP®, CLU®
Wealth Management Advisor

Catalyst Planning Partners


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