Our Team

Richard D. Barrett

Richard D. Barrett

Managing Director - Investments

After earning his degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University, Richard Barrett began his career at the investment firm F.I. DuPont in Chicago. After three years, he moved his financial practice to Blunt Ellis & Loewi, a predecessor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors. In the past 40 years, he has been recognized for his production and for providing outstanding client service as a member of the firm's Chairman Circle of Excellence. Mr. Barrett has been featured in the Chicago Tribune's "Ask the Expert" column; was inducted into Southern Illinois University's School of Business Hall of Fame; graduated from the Securities Industry Association Institute held at The Wharton School; and lectured at the University of Illinois. Most recently he has been named to Barron's Top 1000 Advisors for 2009*.

Active in his community, Mr. Barrett was the charter president of the Hinsdale Gateway Rotary Club, co-chairman of the Laidlaw School Board of Western Springs, member of the Oak Brook Association of Commerce and Industry, and director of the Ruth Lake Country Club. An experienced yachtsman, he has sailed worldwide. Mr. Barrett and his family live in Burr Ridge and attend Christ Church of Oak Brook.

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Jessie J. Barrett

Jessie J. Barrett, CFP®

Managing Director - Investments

Jessie Barrett is a professional Financial Advisor dedicated to helping his clients meet their financial goals. He takes the time to understand each client's unique investment opportunities and, through clear and frequent communication, strives to keep his clients' portfolios on track and toward their investment objectives.

Jessie joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 1999, having previously worked for Van Kampen Funds in sales and marketing. He has also served as an intern on the Chicago Board of Trade with ADM, on the floor of the NYSE for LaBranche & Co. and with Wells Fargo Advisors' predecessor firms EVEREN and Kemper Securities. Jessie earned a bachelor's degree in history from DePauw University. He also has obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.

Jessie and his family live in Clarendon Hills. In his spare time, Jessie enjoys golf, running and sailing.

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Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black, RICP®

Financial Advisor - Investments

Ben has been a part of the financial services industry since 2001. He focuses on clients goals and concerns, offering the goals-based wealth management process, global resources and up-to-the-moment Web technology that complement his ability to help clients pursue the financial lifestyle that is most meaningful to them. Ben's approach to wealth management is consultative, and he is committed to excellence. First, he takes the time to listen to and review client financial situations, preferences and goals. Second, he offers recommendations for asset allocations designed to accurately reflect each client’s risk tolerance, income and growth goals. And third, he follows up with discussions covering a wide range of opportunities, including investments, retirement, estate investment planning services and philanthropy.

Ben is a graduate of Purdue University, with a B.S. degree from the Krannert School of Management. He and his wife, Vanessa, live in Aurora, Illinois, with their two children Annabelle and Andrew. Ben stays active in the community as a member of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club. He enjoys spending time on the shores of Southwest Michigan with his family, cheering for the Chicago Cubs in the summer and following collegiate wrestling in the winter.

 

Suzanna S. Kujawa

Suzanna S. Kujawa

Senior Registered Client Associate

With more than 30 years of experience in the securities industry, Suzie Kujawa brings a wealth of knowledge in sales support and client service to her role in the Barrett Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. She has worked with Dick Barrett at Wells Fargo Advisors and its predecessor firms since 1990.

As a Senior Registered Client Associate, Suzie is responsible for client services, including monitoring client accounts and order entry, as well as organizing and participating in client seminars and events. She is committed to providing all clients with personalized attention and solutions-oriented services and holds Series 7 and 63 registrations.

Suzie is a past recipient of the Wachovia Securities Recognition of Excellence Award. In addition, she has served as a board member of the Butterfield Highlands Civic Association in Elmhurst, IL. Suzie enjoys spending time with family and friends, skiing and traveling.

 

Rebecca E. Liss

Rebecca E. Liss

Senior Registered Client Associate

We believe no top-tier financial-services group can succeed without the skills of a seasoned administrative professional, and Rebecca Liss contributes tremendous depth and know-how to supporting the needs of the Barrett Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Rebecca brings more than 20 years of experience in the business to our team. In addition to helping resolve various administrative issues for the team, she is also responsible for coordinating educational seminars for clients, managing the group's advertising and helping with client communication.

Rebecca began her career as a sales assistant and back up wire operator at a predecessor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors. She has been awarded a Recognition of Excellence Award twice, and has helped train other branch offices and operations personnel. She holds Series 7, 9, 10 and 63 registrations. Rebecca has an Associates Degree from the College of Dupage. Rebecca enjoys creating gourmet meals for family and friends, traveling and reading.

*Barron's Top 1,000 Advisors. The rankings are based on datat provided by thousands of advisors. Factors included in the rankings were assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. Investment performance isn't an explicit component.