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 - Development 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.
Mariah J.S. Sloan - Operations Manager
Mariah J.S. Sloan joined Principal in 2012 focusing on business processing and in 2013 was promoted to her current role of Operations Manager. Mariah plays a key role in our leadership team with a strong focus on talent acquisition for the expansion of our firm. Mariah oversees the operations of the entire Illinois Business Center which includes five offices around the state. In addition to talent acquisition, her primary focus is to ensure all clients, representatives and employees of the business center receive a high level of support and service.
Mariah enjoys outdoor activities, reading, baseball, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Mariah’s husband is Dan and their children are Riley, Braden and Elena.
Aaron Brooks - Supervising Marketing Coordinator
Aaron Brooks joined Principal in 2012 as an Agent and has transitioned through the years to Supervising Marketing Coordinator. As a Supervising Marketing Coordinator it is necessary to understand life as a Financial Services Representative, as well as understand the pressures and issues that Home Office experience as they seek to help Principal Financial Group succeed as a company. He is married to Erin with 5 children and is blessed to spend time with them each day.
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.
Christina Michalek - Administrative Assistant
Christina focuses her day to day activity around helping our advisors in a wide range of administrative functions. Christina has 5 years of experience in our industry and is passionate about partnering with our advisors to best serve our clients and community. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jim and their three dogs: Ava, Koda and Grace. Christina is an avid scrap booker, loves-traveling, reading, outdoor activities and watching the Chicago Blackhawks.
Cindy Duick CLF®, LUTCF- Sr. Regional Marketing Consultant
Cindy's mission is to help financial professionals achieve success through efficient use of resources, developing markets and strategic business planning as she partners with business center teams throughout the United States. Her financial services experience began in 1999, however she has worked in various aspects of sales and marketing in diverse fields such as advertising and sales promotion, corporate healthcare administration, and manufacturing.
Originally from Lancaster, PA, Cindy lives in Boca Raton and is a long-time member of the Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue, an advocate for the Alzheimer's Foundation, and a member of St. Jude Catholic Church.
Interested in meeting with an advisor near you? Great! Check the list below to see who’s available in your area and learn more.
Downer's Grove office
3025 Highland Parkway, Suite 400
Downer's Grove, IL 60515
307 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 801
Chicago, IL 60601
Des Plaines office
701 Lee St., Suite 610
Des Plaines, IL 60016
613 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
507 Fairway Drive, Suite 143
Naperville, IL 60563
24040 W. Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
The financial professionals of the Illinois Business Center are licensed in IL to offer insurance products, life insurance (including variable life), annuities (including variable annuities), securities and investment advice.
This site is not a solicitation of interest in any of these products in any other state.
Insurance products from the Principal Financial Group® are issued by Principal National Life Insurance Co. (except in NY) and Principal Life Insurance Co. Securities and advisory products offered through Principal Securities, Inc., 800/247-1737, member SIPC. Principal National, Principal Life, and Principal Securities are members of the Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA 50392.
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Important Consumer Information: The Illinois Business Center Financial Professionals of Principal Securities may only transact business in a particular state after licensure or satisfying qualifications requirements of that state, or only if he or she is excluded or exempted from the state's registration requirements. Follow-up, individualized responses to consumers in a particular state by any of the Financial Professionals of Principal Securities that involve either the effecting or attempting to effect transactions in securities or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, as the case may be, shall not be made without first complying with the state's requirements, or pursuant to an applicable state exemption or exclusion. For information concerning the licensure status or disciplinary history of a broker-dealer, investment adviser, BD agent or IA representative or any financial institution he or she represents, contact your state securities law administrator.
The Financial Professionals of Principal Securities are licensed in a number of states to offer insurance products, and life insurance (including variable life), annuities (including variable annuities), and are securities and advisory registered in a number of states This site is not a solicitation of interest in any of these products in any other state.
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