My Team

Jennifer L Rusk
Benjamin J Portner
Ryan Bradley Edlefsen

Ryan and his team are committed to, and pride themselves on, providing exceptional service. If, at any time, you have a question, concern, or need, please let them know. Ryan and his team are eager to promptly assist you.

Benjamin J Portner

Benjamin J Portner

Benjamin J. Portner, AWMA

Associate Wealth Management Advisor

Ben joined our team in August 2018. He previously worked for Wells Fargo Advisors as a Financial Advisor for their Digital and Automated Investing Team. He currently holds his Series 7 and 66 Securities Licenses, along with IL Life, Accident and Health Insurance License. Ben graduated from Webster University with a Masters Degree in Music, and the New School University with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts. When Ben isn’t at the office, he produces hip-hop and electronic music for vocalists. He also enjoys cooking up new recipes every week!

Ben may work with you to;

  • Provide in depth analysis on your current portfolio

  • Help you build your portfolio and provide recommendations

  • Process securities transactions

  • Help with online troubleshooting

  • Facilitate Scheduling

  • Obtain and prepare information for client meetings

Office 847-663-7014

Jennifer L Rusk

Jennifer L Rusk, CLU®

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 847-663-7146

Jen joined Northwestern Mutual in July of 2010 and has been a part of Ryan’s team ever since. Jen graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She currently holds her CLU®, Series 7, 6 and 63 Securities licenses and IL Life, Accident and Health Insurance License. When not in the office, Jen spends her time practicing yoga and spending time in the great outdoors, hiking and enjoying nature.

Jen may work with you to:

  • Obtain and prepare information for client meetings

  • Facilitate Investment and Insurance Operations requests

  • Participate in the design of Investment Proposals

  • Communicate underwriting updates and schedule Insurance medical exams

  • Process Securities transactions and loan requests


Ryan Bradley Edlefsen, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP®, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor


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