Who We Are

    • Mark J. Schwartz

      Mark Schwartz is a well respected investment advisor and wealth manager in Chicago. Mark has 25 years of experience providing investment, retirement and estate planning advice to business owners and affluent families. He founded Estate & Trust Advisors in 1997 as a boutique Registered Investment Advisor.

      Prior to founding Estate & Trust Advisors (ETA), Mark was President of Practice Management Advisors providing financial planning/investment training to accountants and attorneys across the U.S. to serve their high net-worth clients. Mark consulted for the private wealth management group at Arthur Andersen & Co. He also served as National Director of Financial Services for Practice Development Institute (PDI), the country’s leading practice management firm for CPAs.

      Mark graduated from the University of Michigan in 1980 with a B.A. in Economics. He then earned his Masters from Northwestern University in 1982. Mark received further professional training from the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) with a focus on managing retirement portfolios.

      Mark is an SEC registered Investment advisor. Mark is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the Estate Planning Council of Chicago. He has been quoted in several publications including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Planning magazine and Investment News.

      Mark is proud to be an Eagle Scout and support the Boy Scouts of America.

      Mark and his wife Jill are active in their community’s schools and non-profits including JUF Federation of Chicago, AJC/Chicago, and the University of Michigan student scholarship fund. They live on the north shore with their two sons, Corey and Jason.

    • Jordan M. Jacobs
      Vice President

      Jordan Jacobs brings over a decade of wealth management experience to his position as Director of Wealth Management and firm Vice-President. He received many industry awards and recognition, including being nominated for Advisor of the Year by Plan Sponsor Magazine. Jordan is a member of the Advisor council and editorial panel for WealthMangement.com and Divisional Speaker for the Association of Financial Educators, Jordan regularly speaks on various market and wealth management topics for companies, retirement plans, unions and other various outlets Jordan also brings management and leadership experience having served on a number of local Not-For-Profit boards and advisory councils.

      Jordan takes a very comprehensive approach to wealth management and ensures every recommendation considers his clients' overall financial picture and often times, their many moving parts. He works closely with his clients to develop a long term financial plan and strategy that is mindful of the risks they will face, such as inflation, taxation, market risk, interest rate risk and longevity. Jordan believes in a client relationship that is free from conflict of interest. Jordan’s practice has been built strictly by way of referral from clients and other trusted advisors, giving great credence to the collaborative team approach his clients deserve.

      Jordan resides in the north suburbs with his wife Alison, son Trevor and his two dogs (both rescues), he enjoys travelling, wine and spending time with his family.


    • Melissa Gaier
      Director of Financial Planning

      Melissa Gaier is a financial planner and investment advisor at Estate & Trust Advisors.  Heading up the financial planning efforts for the firm, she helps determine each client's needs and coordinates strategies to reach their goals as they relate to retirement planning, insurance, taxes, estate planning, Social Security planning, education funding, long term care issues, and charitable giving. Melissa collaborates with her fellow advisors and each client to identify their concerns and aspirations, then crafts a comprehensive financial plan to address their individual needs. Melissa also assists in the investment research and retirement plan servicing areas.

    • Melissa graduated from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business with a B.S. in Finance. At Miami, she was part of both the University Honors and Business Honors programs. Prior to joining Estate & Trust Advisors in 2011, Melissa worked as a registered representative and financial advisor for a national broker/dealer. A native of the north shore, Melissa now lives in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and enjoys being involved in her community, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Cubs.


    • David Madison CIMA®
      Vice President

      David Madison is a Financial Planner, Investment Advisor and Vice President of Estate & Trust Advisors. He attended Elmhurst College and Georgetown University, graduating with a B.S. in Marketing. David’s college tenure was defined by his accomplishments, not only in the classroom but also on the soccer field as a four year varsity athlete competing at both the Division I and Division III levels. David uses his passions for success, teamwork, and leadership forged as both a player and captain to serve his clients today. Prior to joining ETA, David worked for BMO Harris Bank helping individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals. He spends his free time coaching and playing soccer, and socializing with friends and family.

      David earned his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2018.


    • Jackie Muller
      Office Manager

      As the Office Manager for Estate & Trust Advisors, Jackie closely supports our financial advisors through managing the administrative functions of the firm. Some of her primary responsibilities are servicing and reconciling of accounts, portfolio reporting, and client communication. She began working at ETA in 2008 after graduating from St. Norbert College with a B.A. in communication. Jackie currently resides in Chicago and enjoys what the city has to offer.



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Contact Info

Phone: 847-441-4600
Fax: 847-441-4605
Email: mark@etaadvisor.com

707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 300
Northbrook, IL 60062