Northwestern Mutual’s Compass Financial Partners expands

Move will allow firm to accommodate growing multigenerational client needs

VERNON HILLS – Compass Financial Partners founder Joe Guin recently announced that Tim Hender of The Hender and Nero Financial Group joined Compass Financial as a full equity partner in the firm as of Jan. 1.

The partnership nearly doubled the firm’s capacity to advise high net worth individuals, families and businesses across the country on multigenerational wealth planning needs. Hender and his team will add 75 years of collective investment expertise to the already sophisticated financial planning firm.

“Tim and I have known each other for over 10 years and have worked jointly with many clients,” Guin said in a news release. “Formalizing the business partnership is a natural extension of our work together. He and his team will bring significant value to the highly sophisticated clients we serve. We are not only fully aligned on our business philosophy and servicing style, but also share the same core values: family, integrity and service to others.”

Beyond their business rapport and shared values, Hender and Guin are uniting for another important reason: The partnership will greatly enhance their ability to build an enduring, truly multigenerational firm to support their clients’ future-focused goals.

“Our clients trust us to not only guide them throughout their own financial journeys, but also those of their children and grandchildren,” Hender said in the release. “This partnership means our clients can take comfort in knowing there will be continuity in guiding their family’s financial journey for generations to come.”

Hender’s team includes Alan Nero, Hender’s father-in-law and one of Northwestern Mutual’s most tenured financial representatives, further cementing Compass’s multigenerational focus. With more than 50 years in the business, Nero is highly recognized for his extensive career and service to the professional sports world.

Outside of the office, Guin and Hender both exhibit powerful community leadership. Guin and the Compass team actively volunteer and fundraise with organizations such as Northern Illinois Food Bank, Blessings in a Backpack and Bernie’s Book Bank. Hender recently completed three years of service on the Lake Forest Caucus, he is a board member of the Gorton Community Center, serves on the finance committee of the Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, and has coached youth sports in the Lake Forest Community for many years.

Compass Financial Partners is a boutique wealth management firm and services more than $750 million client assets entrusted to their firm. To learn more, visit