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Chicago Office Contacts

Matthew Gnabasik

Managing Partner & Senior ERISA Consultant
matt@blueprairiegroup.com

Matt founded Blue Prairie Group in 2002, after a career in the institutional retirement consulting field, which included heading up three separate institutional retirement consulting practices in Florida and the Midwest. Matt has worked with hundreds of corporate, not-for-profit, and government clients throughout the country and is the author of the award-winning book, Smart Choices: Selecting and Administering a Safe 401(k) Plan.

Written for plan sponsors and advisors in the field, Smart Choices remains a classic guidebook through the confusing world of retirement plan choices.

Matt’s areas of expertise include Fiduciary-based Investment Consulting™, fee analysis and negotiation, stable value investments, strategic plan design, custom target date funds and risk mitigation.  He writes and speaks regularly on important and timely institutional retirement topics and is frequently quoted by the national media.

In addition, Matt is very active in the retirement advising/consulting community. He is part of the New York Life ACAB group, BlackRock DC Leaders Circle, Natixis Advisory Board and a member of the DCIAA Treasury Sub-Committee.

Matt holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Working to keep the prairie metaphor real, Matt grows prairie flowers and raises bees in his suburban Chicago backyard.

Phone: (312) 376-8435

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Matthew Gnabasik

Matthew Gnabasik

Managing Partner & Senior ERISA Consultant

Gary Silverman, CFA

Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer
gary@blueprairiegroup.com

As chief investment officer, and chair of BPG’s internal investment committee, Gary leads the development of Blue Prairie Group’s investment philosophy and outlook. Gary also oversees the wealth management practice area.

Prior to joining Blue Prairie Group, Gary was CEO of Netvestment, Inc., an internet-based platform that, in partnership with Standard and Poors, enabled online researching and monitoring of institutional investment managers. Before founding Netvestment, he was principal of Fairview Analytics, an investment consultancy providing asset allocation and mutual fund selection guidance, primarily to the bank brokerage channel. Earlier in his career, Gary was vice president and general manager for institutional services with Morningstar, Inc., and before that served as director of sales and marketing at Morningstar.

Gary earned his BA from Vassar College and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a member of the CFA Institute.

Phone: (312) 376-8439

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Gary Silverman, CFA

Gary Silverman, CFA

Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Ty Parrish, CIMA®, C(k)P®, GFS®

Managing Partner & Senior ERISA Consultant
ty@blueprairiegroup.com

As a Senior ERISA Consultant and Managing Partner at Blue Prairie Group, Ty Parrish specializes in creating healthy retirement plans for all types of institutional clients by helping busy executives design, implement and monitor successful retirement plans. Over his 18-year career he has worked for an insurance company, a bank and a mutual fund company providing him with an invaluable perspective on how these types of organizations operate which he utilizes to create compliant, efficient and effective retirement plans for his clients.

Ty is passionate about driving plan success and uses BPG’s proprietary Plan Health Smartcard to measure, diagnose and drive better results for his clients. In fact, BPG’s clients score significantly higher then their peers in critical areas of plan success. As a result, more of their participants are on track to a secure retirement and their plan sponsors clients have been able to minimize the personal and organizational risk associated with sponsoring an ERISA retirement plan.

Ty is a graduate of the University of Florida Warrington School of Business with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he holds the Certified 401(k) Professional- C(k)P™ designation from UCLA Anderson Executive Education.

Ty and his wife, Jen, are high school sweethearts who reside in Tampa with their three daughters Kiley, Ally and Sammy ages 13, 12 and 11. Besides golf and Florida Gator football, Ty most enjoys exploring the world with his family and has enjoyed trips to Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon National Park and Italy over the past few years.

Chicago, IL Phone: (312) 376-8440
Tampa, FL Phone: (813) 466-0996

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Ty Parrish, CIMA®, C(k)P®, GFS®

Ty Parrish, CIMA®, C(k)P®, GFS®

Managing Partner & Senior ERISA Consultant

Carla Taylor Adams, CFP®

Wealth Management Associate

As a wealth management associate, Carla delivers integrated wealth management services. Carla began her career in private wealth management at Brownson, Rehmus and Foxworth as an analyst, and most recently worked at Gresham Partners as a client service associate. Carla has a BS in Biochemistry from Washington & Lee University, a MS in Chemistry from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a Certified Financial Planner™.

Phone: (312) 376-8455

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Carla Taylor Adams, CFP®

Carla Taylor Adams, CFP®

Wealth Management Associate

Don DeBruin, CFP®

Financial Advisor

Don is a portfolio manager with Blue Prairie Group. Additionally, Don serves as an investment and retirement consultant for some of Blue Prairie Group’s institutional clients. Don is a member of Blue Prairie Group’s asset allocation forum and internal investment committee.

Earlier in his career, Don worked in finance and marketing for SBC (now AT&T) as a professional contract negotiator. He also worked as an independent financial advisor with a focus on equity evaluation.

Don has a BS degree from Bradley University and an MBA from the University of Chicago with a concentration in finance. He holds his Certified Fiancial Planning (CFP®) designation and his series 65 license.

Phone: (312) 376-8456

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Don DeBruin, CFP®

Don DeBruin, CFP®

Financial Advisor

Debbie Lovett, CFP®

Wealth Management Consultant

Debbie joined BPG in July of 2012 as a wealth management consultant after working with high net worth families for almost two decades at a well-established financial advisory firm in Chicago where she developed long-term relationships with clients as a trusted advisor.

Debbie received her MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business with concentrations in economics, managerial and organizational behavior and entrepreneurship, an experience that solidified her investment philosophies combining both behavioral finance and modern portfolio theory/efficient market approaches to finance. Debbie holds the Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) certification awarded to individuals who meet education, examination, experience and ethics requirements.

For work-life balance, Debbie and her husband are raising 5 children in the northwest suburbs and find the wonderful chaos of parenthood to be as changeable as the markets.

Phone: (312) 376-8452

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Debbie Lovett, CFP®

Debbie Lovett, CFP®

Wealth Management Consultant

Paul Sommerstad, QPFC, CBFA, AIF®

ERISA Consultant
paul@blueprairiegroup.com

As an ERISA consultant at Blue Prairie Group, Paul specializes in fiduciary-based investment consulting, fee analysis and negotiation, fee benchmarking, and risk mitigation. He also works closely with Ty Parrish on business development and client acquisition.

Paul has worked in the retirement consulting space for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining Blue Prairie Group, Paul worked at a Minneapolis-based investment advisory firm as an Account Executive where he managed and consulted over 40 separate 401(k), 403(b) and pension plans. Paul also assisted in investment research and was a non-voting member of the investment committee.

Paul graduated cum laude from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Financial Management. Mr. Sommerstad holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) professional designation, administered by Fiduciary 360, and the Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) designation through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA).

Phone: (312) 376-8453

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Paul Sommerstad, QPFC, CBFA, AIF®

Paul Sommerstad, QPFC, CBFA, AIF®

ERISA Consultant