Illinois Business Center
The Illinois Business Center is a group of local offices representing Principal® in Illinois. We are dedicated to helping individuals, businesses and their employees achieve financial security and success in our communities. We proudly represent Principal with integrity and professionalism.
Working with us
If you’re interested in working with us as an advisor, we’ll provide you a professional and supportive environment that helps you build your knowledge and skills. Learn more about what it’s like to work with us and meet our management team.
See our office locations & advisors
If you’re looking for a financial services product, we can help you find a local financial professional at Principal® to discuss your financial needs, as well as purchase life insurance, annuities, securities and investments.
See a list of advisors in Illinois to contact one directly.
Do you want to make a difference and help others solve problems? We do too. That’s why we want to talk to you about your future with Principal. Whether you’re just getting started or ready to move your business in a new direction, we’ve got your back.
An inclusive culture and tools to build your career
The one thing we have in common is that each of us is different. That’s why we seek diversity in the people we hire. Our inclusion extends to the way we do business with a flexible work culture. That may mean you want to focus on a specific market, be a solo practitioner or join a team. No matter what you choose, we’re here to give you the right tools to build your confidence and help you succeed.
Meet the management team
Now that you know a little about our business center, we’d like to tell you about the amazing folks you’ll be working with.
Thomas O'Grady LUTCF - Regional Managing Director
Tom is passionate about collaborating with his team of financial advisors who specialize in helping business owners and individuals achieve their financial goals. Tom is also responsible for the growth of the financial professional sales force in the state of Illinois.
Tom enjoys spending time with his family (Janet, Kailey, and Ryan), and spends his free time coaching the local youth football teams.
Mary Ellen Fiflis FSCP - Associate Managing Director
Mary Ellen is responsible for the professional development of our financial professionals in our Illinois Business Center. She is passionate about educating and training our advisors, assisting them on joint work, case consultation, and coaching to build skills. She joined Principal in 2007 as an agent and joined the leadership team in 2013.
Mary Ellen enjoys spending time with her family.
Liset Vazquez - Assistant Director - Field Operations
Liset joined Principal in 2018 and leads the overall operational strategy and activities for her region that includes offices in Wisconsin, Illinois, Eastern IA, Great Lakes, and Indiana. Liset has over a decade of experience in the financial industry and has had a multitude of roles that involve providing high client service and creating process improvements to meet important business needs.
Liset is passionate about giving back to her community by serving on various boards and committees: Board of Director for The Parenting Network, Officer of Mentorship Programs for Prospanica Milwaukee, and Board of Director for the Cardinal Stritch University’s Alumni board.
Ellen Brill - Recruiting Support Coordinator
Ellen brings to the Minnesota Business Center 6 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. She has a background in recruiting support and assisting advisors in their practices. In her role, Ellen strives to create the best possible experience for advisors joining Principal while in the recruiting process.
Ellen hails from Minnesota and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. In her spare time, she is a youth volleyball coach and mom to Olivia and Vincent. She loves Minnesota summers and spending time at the lake with her family.
Gina Rogala- Marketing Associate
Gina Rogala joined the Illinois Business Center team in 2005. She focuses on marketing by motivating both new and experienced producers to leverage the wide array of resources available in this area. Gina is passionate about helping financial professionals grow their business and working with clients to reach their financial goals through marketing.
Gina enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to sporting events, and watching her sons play baseball. She resides in Naperville, Illinois with her family.
Colleen Wood - New Business Consultant
Colleen Wood joined Principal in 2017. She began working as an administrative assistant to an advisor for 2 years until her transition to the New Business Consultant in August 2019. Colleen strives to help advisors ensure business is processed smoothly, ensuring an overall positive client experience.
Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
Christina Michalek - Administrative Assistant
Christina joined Principal in 2011. She focuses her day to day activity around assisting our advisors in a wide range of administrative functions. Christina is passionate about her job and discovering new ways to best serve our clients and community.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their dogs. Christina is an avid scrap booker, loves traveling, reading, and outdoor activities.
Becky Brothers - Regional Marketing Consultant
Becky works closely with our Financial Services Representatives and Business Center Management Teams on business, brand, and market development. This includes marketing plan consultations, opening new markets, creating new opportunities in existing markets, marketing and communication strategies, and social media marketing.
Becky has been with Principal since 2002 is the proud mother to 3 fur babies. She enjoys hiking, travel, and lounging in the park with her pups and a good book.
Dan Reeves - Sr. Regional Marketing Consultant
Dan works closely with our Financial Services Representatives and Business Center Management Teams on business, brand, and market development. This includes marketing plan consultations, opening new markets, creating new opportunities in existing markets, marketing and communication strategies, and social media marketing. Dan has been with Principal since 2003.
He and his wife (Morgan) have 3 kids and enjoy movies and outdoor activities (especially golf) and are active in their local church. He also is a big Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.
Suzie Daggett - Marketing Support Coordinator
Suzie brings to the Business Center over 18 years of industry experience. She specializes in providing high quality marketing support. She has a broad knowledge of Principal products and new business processes, as well as years of customer service experience with both clients and advisors.
Suzie received her B.A. in French and International Business Certificate from the University of Iowa. She loves to travel and has been to over 35 countries. She enjoys live music/theater, cultural events and spending time with friends and family.
Interested in meeting with an advisor near you? Great! Check the list below to see who’s available in your area and learn more.
Downers Grove office
3333 Finley Road, Suite 500
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Directions to the Downers Grove office
613 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
Directions to the LaSalle office
12410 Walker Rd.
Lemont, IL 60439
Directions to the Lemont office
507 Fairway Drive, Suite 143
Naperville, IL 60563
Directions to the Naperville office
24040 W. Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
Directions to the Plainfield office
3171 Greenhead Dr., Suite A
Springfield, IL 62711
Directions to the Springfield office
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