'Retire with Confidence' class comes to NIU Naperville in October

  • Greg Kurinec of Bentron Financial Group leads the program designed for people, age 50 to 70 who are in or nearing retirement.

    Greg Kurinec of Bentron Financial Group leads the program designed for people, age 50 to 70 who are in or nearing retirement. Courtesy of Matt Baron

Submitted by Matt Baron
Updated 9/18/2019 1:46 PM

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

Popularized in lyrics by John Lennon, that observation proves to be all too true for many people. In or near retirement, they find themselves without clarity on how to approach the rest of their years--a period that increasingly is measured in multiple decades.


Acutely aware of that scenario through a career advising retirees, Greg Kurinec brings a wide-ranging two-part course to NIU Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Road, in October. The series, "Retire with Confidence," offers a thorough blueprint for navigating this phase of life.

Designed for people 50 to 70 years old who are in or nearing retirement, "Retire with Confidence" happens during two different timeframes: on Thursdays, Oct. 10 and 17, from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays, Oct. 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Among other topics, Kurinec will cover maximizing your Social Security benefits and help you gauge your financial preparedness and planning through self-assessments that he administers.

Estate planning, Independent Retirement Accounts (IRAs), income planning and investment management are also part of the curriculum.

"This course is for people who want practical, accurate knowledge, not the same old Wall Street myths to retirement planning," Kurinec said. "Retire with Confidence provides a straightforward approach to managing the risks and opportunities that come at this crucial stage of life. People want to know how much money they need to retire comfortably, and there are no cookie-cutter answers."

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Anyone who is within a decade of retiring, or has already retired, is an excellent candidate for the course. The information shared will help students learn how to pay less in taxes, manage planning risks and create the income stream desired in retirement.

There is no fee for the course, though registration is required to receive a workbook.

You may register by calling 630-505-8375 or e-mailing Kurinec at gkurinec@bentron.com.

Kurinec began with Bentron, based in Downers Grove, in 2004. He has helped people at or near retirement through investment advising, estate planning, risk management and watching out for their overall financial well-being.

A lifelong resident of Orland Park, Kurinec is a graduate of Purdue University's College of Consumer and Family Sciences, having earned degrees in financial planning and counseling, as well as selling and sales management.


In addition to his "Go to Greg" column, which has appeared in the Naperville Patch, Kurinec has served as an expert source and been quoted in publications ranging from Consumer Affairs and Insure.com to FINS Finance and MySuburbanLife.com.

In 2012, after his mother, Jeanne, lost her life to cancer, Greg and his two siblings founded "Jeanne's Journey for Hope" to help other families battle the disease in its many forms. Since then, the foundation has raised nearly $100,000 to help families pay hospital and medical bills or as income replacement if the disease has resulted in a loss of employment.

Bentron Financial Group is online at www.bentron.com.

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