Gary Harris is CEO of the Gary Harris Private Client Group Inc., a Chicago based independent financial advisory firm that seeks to transform the financial status of its clients by helping to identify goals and provide sound financial direction. The firm provides a wide range of financial services to individuals and business clients which include: income protection, tax saving strategies, investments, retirement and estate planning, employee benefits, life, long-term care and disability insurance. For each client, a customized, step-by-step financial program is designed to empower them to make strategic financial decisions.
A Chicago native, Gary picked up the entrepreneurial spirit from his mother, who for a time owned a hair salon. As a youth, he tried various ways to make money, such as shoveling snow and selling flower seeds to neighbors. After college, Gary began his career as a proprietary trader for a Chicago based brokerage firm. To increase his grasp of financial services, he earned and (continues to hold) five National FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) licenses. Gary then pursued his passion for enlightening, empowering and increasing the wealth and quality of life for his clients. In 2004 he started his own company.
Associates with the Gary Harris Private Client Group work with clients from diverse financial backgrounds, enabling Gary to focus on high net worth and high-income individuals and institutions. He is passionate about sharing his message of financial independence and is particularly interested in spreading the word amongst the African-American community, a segment of the population that is greatly underserved. Gary has been featured as a financial expert on Chicago's WGCI and V103 radio stations as well as in Ebony Magazine and Jet Magazine. He also has shared his financial expertise during seminars at The Black Women’s Expo, National Association of Realtors conferences, and other venues. Gary is the recipient of the 2014 Archbishop James P. Lyke African American Male Image Award and the Chicago Defender 2014 Men of Excellence Award.
A dedicated community servant, Gary is passionate about helping today’s youth. The Gary Harris Private Client Group partners with organizations and sponsors events in the community that touch and change young lives. The firm worked with WGN-TV and Jennifer Hudson’s Julian D. King Gift Foundation for its holiday drive that benefitted more than 800 kids at the Abraham Lincoln Center. Gary served on the auxiliary board of the Chicago Youth Success Foundation for eight years, two as chairman. He also co-authored a scholarship program that awards students at Chicago Public Schools up to $50,000 in college scholarships per year for up to five years. In conjunction with the Wall Street Project, Gary taught economics to Chicago high school students during a 10-week summer program. He also sits on the Steering Committee for the YMCA Metropolitan Black and Latino Achievers Program.