Background and Education
John is the president and a shareholder of ShankerValleau Wealth Advisors, Inc. He is a registered investment adviser, a certified public accountant and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marquette University with a specialty in Finance and Economics. John is also the vice president of ShankerValleau Accountants, Inc.
John is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, the Financial Planning Association, and NAPFA, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. The mission of NAPFA’s members is to provided comprehensive client-centered advice to individuals and families. NAPFA’s continuing education requirements are some of the highest in the industry and all members must sign a Fiduciary Oath that they explicitly promise “to place their clients’ interests first.”
Outside of work, I am a board member and president of the Lakeside Singers, Inc., a unique group of professional singers. The group’s past performances include concerts at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
On the personal side, my wife Cindy and I have spent our entire work lives at the same workplaces. Cindy as a nurse at Lurie Children’s Hospital and me at ShankerValleau. Our lives have been continually enriched over the years by the individuals we have been privileged to serve.
Our three children, their three, wonderful, spouses and our four grandchildren are all nearby and what life is all about. After all of these years, we still split our time between our two home towns, in Illinois and in Wisconsin.
I enjoy reading, running, ice skating, paddle boarding and whatever sport I can cajole a family member to play.
“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers
“Running is the only part of my life that is not a race.” John Valleau