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Brenda Knox, founder and president of Financial Elements Inc. & CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER

Brenda Knox,CFP®, AIF®, APMA®, CRPC®
Founder | President

Brenda Knox, Founder and President of Financial Elements, Inc., has been a fee-only financial advisor for more than 22 years, and has helped hundreds of clients plan their financial lives. Her passion is developing long-term relationships with her clients and tailoring her services to their individual needs, including investment management, retirement and social security planning, cash flow and savings, insurance, estate, and college planning.

Brenda is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, having completed her course work through the College for Financial Planning. She pursues continuing education on a regular basis and holds certification in the areas of employee and group benefits. She is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, having completed training at the Center for Fiduciary Studies to gain specialized knowledge of fiduciary standards of care and their application to the investment management process.  Additionally, Brenda is an Accredited Portfolio Management AdvisorSM and a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM  having taken specialized coursework through the College for Financial Planning. 

A graduate of Roosevelt University where she was a member of the Franklin Honor Society, Brenda holds a BS in business administration, with a major in accounting. An active member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), she has served as both president and chair of the Midwest Regional Board, as well as chair of the membership and symposium committees. Currently she is part of the Leadership Development Committee for NAPFA and on the board of the NAPFA Consumer Education Foundation (NCEF).  She has also served in an advisory capacity to the University of Illinois Extension Services, reviewing financial planning literature prior to publication.

Brenda lives in Rolling Meadows and has two sons, one in high school and one in college. She is actively involved in her community, serving as: activity chair for Boy Scouts, treasurer for Cub Scouts, and a member of the Annual Giving Committee for the Harper College Educational Foundation Board.  She is past president of her church council and past co-president and treasurer of the PTA. Over the years, Financial Elements has sponsored Youth Baseball, Boy Scout Troop 168, Fremd HS Booster Club, Rolling Meadows Community Foundation, Harper College and Salute, Inc. Brenda also has volunteered her time with Homes for Heroes/NAPFA National Consumer Education Foundation providing financial planning for veterans.


Kelly Hill Administrative Assistant at Financial Elements Inc

Kelly Hill
Administrative Assistant

Kelly Hill is the Administrative Assistant for Financial Elements, having joined the firm in the fall of 2015. She has more than 15 years of experience in various elements of banking for Citibank/Citicorp Investments Services as a mortgage loan officer, branch manager and investment officer. She also worked for Oakbrook Bank, as a branch manager and investment officer.  Kelly lives locally and has 2 kids in college and 1 in high school.

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