James L. Hart, AIF®

James L. Hart, AIF®

Staff Advisor, Trading and Investments
Associate Portfolio Manager

“Throughout my years at SFG, I have enjoyed the opportunity of meeting numerous clients at social events, and then have had the pleasure of speaking with them on the phone about their investments. Getting to know our clients personally helps me to understand the best way to communicate our firm’s investment philosophy, and how it relates to their personal situation.”

Investment Advisor – 4+ years 
Industry Experience – 7+ years

As a Staff Advisor of Trading and Investments and Associate Portfolio Manager, James brings 7+ years of industry experience to SFG. James started his career as the personal assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Chad Hassinger, and eventually transformed his focus into leading the firms marketing and corporate development initiatives. James transitioned into working directly with the firm’s Chief Investment Officer, Brad Rathe, in the investment department. He is currently the primary trader for SFG and supports the CIO with portfolio management. On a daily basis, James can be found at his desk, with his multiple monitors, tracking the stock market, completing stock and bond analysis, reviewing clients’ accounts, and implementing the firm’s investment philosophy.

James is a numbers guy. He graduated from Valparaiso University with his Bachelor in Finance after conceding that a career in accounting was not his vocation in life.  James is currently in the process of studying for his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation from the College for Financial Planning Program. He is a Series 65 licensed Investment Advisor Representative (IAR), and acts in a Fiduciary capacity in all client engagements. James earned the AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary®) designation in 2018. Attainment of the AIF® designation demonstrates an understanding of the Prudent Practices® and methodology, and signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care for clients. 

James enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors with nature, and watching hockey. He is an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan and season ticket holder. During the summer you can find James at his Weber Grill cooking up new recipes for family and friends. He plan’s to obtain a degree in culinary arts to enhance his passion for cooking and continue his life of learning. 

James’s Qualifications

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Valparaiso University, 2011
    • The College for Financial Planning Program, Expected Completion 2018
  • Professional designation
    • Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®)