Jim Uren

CFP®, Phase 3 Advisory Services

As a Certified Financial PlannerTMprofessional, Jim Uren works hard every day to help improve the lives of his clients. Jim feels that helping clients is more than a career – it is a calling. “I love what I do,” says Jim. ”I believe that when I’m helping my clients manage their finances, I am doing what I was created to do,” Jim says. Jim focuses on helping his clients through the design of comprehensive financial plans and customized wealth management strategies. His compassion for helping people coupled with his wealth management and financial planning skills have earned him the respect of clients and colleagues alike.

Phase 3 Advisory Services affiliated with Focus Financial in 2008.

847-520-5545 Direct Phone
847-589-3308 Fax Number

Jim believes strongly in the value of higher education. He attended college at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois where he graduated with honors in 1996. After finishing college, Jim continued his education at Trinity where he took graduate courses in psychology and theology. Jim’s work eventually earned him both a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Religion. In 2001, Jim began his career at Phase 3 Advisory Services and continued his pursuit of high academic achievement. Since joining Phase 3, Jim has completed additional graduate work in the area of personal financial planning and has met all of the requirements to become a Certified Financial PlannerTM Professional.


Phase 3 Advisory Services was established on the principle that personal values and goals should be the foundation upon which all financial decisions are made. Although money cannot buy happiness, sound financial management is a critical part of pursuing a meaningful and fulfilling life.

We believe that successful financial management should strive to increase both personal wealth and personal fulfillment.


Life Planning

While your financial plan is critical to helping you plan for your financial future, we feel that life planning is even more important to consider. What is it that you want to achieve in your life? At Phase 3 Advisory Services we build your financial plan around your life goals. It is not enough for your financial plan to work – we want it to work for YOU.

Our 4-Step Approach to Financial Planning

Through our 4-step process, Phase 3 Advisory Services assists you to develop a customized plan to help weather any financial season. We work with you to develop a plan to meet your needs that you are comfortable with. Once your plan is in place we regularly review it and make adjustments along the way as necessary.

Step 1: Discover Your Needs and Lifestyle Goals

Step 2: Create Your Customized Financial Plan

Step 3: Put Your Plan Into Action

Step 4: On-going Review & Management


The primary services offered by Phase 3 Advisory Services include Mapping, Monitoring, and Management

Mapping is the term we use for financial planning and wealth management. Just as a good map will guide you from where you are now to where you are going, a good financial plan will help you determine how to get from where you are today to where you’d like to be in the future. Through mapping we offer customized services to meet your comprehensive financial needs including:

  • Retirement planning
  • Investing
  • Tax reduction
  • Balancing and managing risk
  • Paying for college
  • Balancing income and expenses
  • Life Planning
  • Reviewing insurance coverage
  • Leaving a legacy for your family

Monitoring is a key ingredient to financial success. The success of your financial plan or Map will largely depend on your follow through as well as the performance of your investment portfolio. As part of our Portfolio Monitoring Service, we will review your portfolio on a quarterly basis and identify any changes that need to be made.

Managing is the process of security selection. Where monitoring is concerned with the big picture, managing is concerned with the details. Managing is the process of choosing which stocks or bonds to buy and creating tax efficiency. Our job is to help you find the money management strategies that are an appropriate fit for your situation given your particular goals and risk tolerance.


1110 W. Lake Cook Road
Suite 265
Buffalo Grove IL 60089