Meet

Your Team

At The Retirement Network, we love our job: helping people plan and enjoy the longest vacation of their lives – Retirement. We understand that every person’s dreams and aspirations are different, and that is why we spend so much time with our clients making a plan that fits exactly what they need.

President

DREW GRIDER, CFA

As the president of The Retirement Network, Drew oversees the firm's investment advisors, client services, and operations. He also serves as lead advisor for a select group of clients. Drew joined The Retirement Network in 2007 and was named president in 2011.  Drew holds the esteemed Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Email:  dgrider@theretirementnetwork.com

  • Purdue University alum and CFA Charterholder
  • Proud husband and father of three
  • Die-hard Cubs, Colts, and Purdue fan
P: 630-232-8995
Founder / Wealth Advisor

TIM CRANDALL, CPA

As the CEO of The Retirement Network, Tim oversees the strategic growth of the firm and is a member of the investment committee. Tim, a certified public accountant with more than 27 years of experience in the accounting and investment industries, co-founded The Retirement Network in 1994. Tim serves as a consultant and trusted advisor to many corporations in the Chicago area.

Email:  tcrandall@theretirementnetwork.com

  • Founding member of The Retirement Network
  • Husband and proud father
  • Photography enthusiast
P: 630-232-8995
Director of Portfolio Management

BRIAN DORN, AIF

As the chairman of The Retirement Network’s investment committee, Brian focuses on guiding the six-person team as they establish investment guidelines and strategies for our clients’ portfolios. Drawing on his extensive background in institutional asset management, Brian’s deep analytical expertise helps guide our recommendations for asset allocation, investment selection, and risk management.

Email:  bdorn@theretirementnetwork.com

  • Investment experience at Morningstar, Rydex Funds, and Arrow Funds
  • Proud husband and father of two
  • Martial arts enthusiast
P: 630-232-8995
Director of Financial Planning

TIM DILLOW, CFP

As The Retirement Network’s director of planning, Tim works with clients to develop holistic strategies that coordinate all aspects of their financial lives, including asset allocation, tax planning, insurance, and cash-flow analysis. Tim, who has his Certified Financial Planner designation, joined The Retirement Network from UBS, where he was part of a private wealth management team that managed approximately $2 billion of client assets. Previously, Tim worked with Morgan Stanley in Chicago and Milwaukee.

Email: tdillow@theretirementnetwork.com

  • Lives in Wheaton with wife and three children
  • Bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Spends most of his free time shuttling kids to swim meets, baseball tournaments, and music classes
P: 630-232-8995
Wealth Advisor

CHRIS CRANDALL, CPA

Chris is an advisor at The Retirement Network and is one of the firm’s founding members. He is a certified public accountant with more than 20 years of experience working with pension plans, 401(k) plans, income tax planning, and other wealth management issues. Chris has worked extensively with AT&T employees to help them maximize the value of their retirement plans.

Email:  ccrandall@theretirementnetwork.com

  • Founding member of The Retirement Network
  • Master's in finance from Northern Illinois University
  • Loves spending time with family and his dog, Nala
P: 630-232-8995
Wealth Advisor

JEAN BAERT, CPA, CFP

Jean is an advisor with The Retirement Network and draws on her exceptional financial planning and investing skills as a CFP and extensive tax and accounting knowledge as a CPA to deliver comprehensive advice for the firm’s clients. In addition to traditional financial planning for families, she specializes in pensions and profit-sharing plans for small businesses, defined-contribution plans, and wealth transfer.

Email:  jbaert@theretirementnetwork.com

  • Northern Illinois University alum
  • Proud wife and mother of two daughters
  • Enjoys gardening
P: 630-232-8818
Wealth Advisor

CHARLES HARTMAN

As a senior member of The Retirement Network, Chuck is a passionate advisor with more than 20 years of experience helping the firm’s clients make the most of their retirement benefits. Chuck is a retirement specialist and a member of the firm’s investment committee. He has worked extensively with AT&T employees to help them maximize the value of their retirement plans.

Email:  chartman@theretirementnetwork.com

  • Wheaton Fire Dept pension board member
  • DePaul University
  • Die-hard White Sox and Bears fan
P: 630-232-8995
Relationship Manager

MAKINZIE STACK

As a relationship manager, MaKinzie is a very important member of our team. She fills many different roles to ensure that our clients have an outstanding experience in all aspects of their relationship with The Retirement Network. In addition to having constant contact with our clients, MaKinzie is an integral part of the planning and portfolio process for each of her clients.

Email:  mstack@theretirementnetwork.com

  • U of I Springfield alum
  • Joined the firm in 2013
  • Grew up on a farm in Central Illinois
P: 630-232-8995
Chief Compliance Officer

ANN MONTGOMERY

Ann has been an invaluable member of The Retirement Network since 2000. She serves as the firm’s chief compliance officer, managing the firm’s trading desk and account management. She works diligently to ensure that the firm’s clients have a positive experience in all aspects of their relationship with The Retirement Network, including account set-up and administration.

Email:  amontgomery@theretirementnetwork.com

  • University of Arizona alum
  • Proud wife and mother of two sons
  • Enjoys making jewelry
P: 630-232-8995
Client Service Representative

Laura Chamness

As a client service specialist, Laura is focused on making sure that our clients have a great experience, whether she’s answering questions about our services, processing transactions, or helping to set up and administer their accounts. Before joining The Retirement Network, Laura worked for a large Chicago-area firm in the LPL Financial network.

Email: lchamness@theretirementnetwork.com

  • Series 7, Series 66, and Illinois insurance licenses
  • Lives in Oswego with her husband and four children
  • Die-hard Cubs fan
P: 630-232-8995
Front Office Manager

KATHY MADDOX

As the front office manager, Kathy is the face and voice that greet The Retirement Network’s clients when they visit the Geneva office or call us. In addition to coordinating client communications, Kathy also oversees the operations of the office, which covers everything from technology to bookkeeping—and even baking the daily fresh batch of cookies for clients who visit our office.

Email: kmaddox@theretirementnetwork.com

  • Lives in Maple Park with husband and two young children
  • Bachelor’s in elementary education from Northern Illinois University
  • Enjoys exploring small towns throughout the Midwest
P: 630-232-8995
Client Contact Coordinator

MICHELE TOMLINSON

As the client contact coordinator, Michele focuses on strengthening the relationships between The Retirement Network and our clients by fostering on-going communication. Michele reaches out to clients throughout the year to identify opportunities to answer their questions or assist in any way needed. She manages the firms’ customer relationship management database and oversees scheduling for our advisors.

Email:  mtomlinson@theretirementnetwork.com

  • CRM database manager
  • Proud wife and mother of two
  • Enjoys cooking and healthy living
President

DREW GRIDER, CFA

Founder / Wealth Advisor

TIM CRANDALL, CPA

Director of Portfolio Management

BRIAN DORN, AIF

Director of Financial Planning

TIM DILLOW, CFP

Wealth Advisor

CHRIS CRANDALL, CPA

Wealth Advisor

JEAN BAERT, CPA, CFP

Wealth Advisor

CHARLES HARTMAN

Relationship Manager

MAKINZIE STACK

Chief Compliance Officer

ANN MONTGOMERY

Client Service Representative

Laura Chamness

Front Office Manager

KATHY MADDOX

Client Contact Coordinator

MICHELE TOMLINSON