Deerfield native named to group of top financial advisers

  • Riyan Jain

    Riyan Jain Courtesy of Puneet Jain

  • Chrissie Martell

    Chrissie Martell Courtesy of Lavelle Law

  • Adam Waitzman

    Adam Waitzman Courtesy of Karen Spillers

Posted12/15/2020 9:49 AM

Deerfield native Adam Waitzman, a wealth management adviser and founding member of Heritage Planning Partners, was honored with membership in Northwestern Mutual's 2020 Forum Group.

Forum award qualifiers represent the top segment of Northwestern Mutual's industry-leading, financial representative field force; only five percent of more than 6,000 financial representatives receive this recognition annually. This is the 10th time Waitzman has received the honor.


Waitzman, who has built a nationwide financial planning practice focused on the unique needs of physicians and dentists, also works with people going through major life transitions, such as the stress of a divorce or those preparing for retirement. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in finance and entrepreneurship and joined Northwestern Mutual in 2002.

• Chrissie Martell has joined the Family Law practice at Schaumburg-based Lavelle Law.

Martell spent the last three-and-a-half years working as a solo practitioner, maintaining an active caseload in adoption, divorce, minor guardianship, parentage, real estate, civil litigation and estate planning matters. She earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University and her law degree from DePaul University College of Law, where she also earned a Certificate in Child and Family Law.

Outside of work, Martell serves on various committees through the Chicago Bar Association and Kane County Bar Association. She also completed numerous pro bono adoption cases in Cook County for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

• Riyan Jain, a student at Campanelli Elementary School, Schaumburg, was honored for achieving the highest level of distinction as a top scorer on the PSAT, the same test taken by college bound high school students.

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Riyan took this above-grade-level test through Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search, a program of the Center for Talent Development. The Center for Talent Development is located within of the School of Education and Social Policy and has been helping students identify and nurture their academic talents for more than 35 years.

While in-person recognition ceremonies were canceled this year, a virtual celebration was held. Featured speakers included David Figlio, dean of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University; Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, director of the Center for Talent Development, and Dr. Marsha Rosner, Charles B. Huggins professor in the Ben May Department of Cancer Research at the University of Chicago.

• Tiffany Carey, a licensed practical nurse at Clearbrook Commons, was named the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities' 2020 Community Care Professional of the Year.

The award is given to a front-line staff member working in an Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities member agency that exemplifies quality care, compassion, person-centered focus, and commitment to the individuals and families they support and understands the value of the care professional's work. Carey was selected for the award from among 19 total nominees from 13 Illinois intellectual/developmental disability and/or behavioral health services providers.


"The Community Care Professional of the Year is our most prestigious recognition," said Josh Evans, Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities president and CEO. "On behalf of the board of directors and our entire membership, we are incredibly proud and humbled by Tiffany's example in service and leadership and sacrifice in serving others."

The Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities is Illinois largest trade association representing community-based providers serving children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and serious mental illnesses.

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