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Continuity, longevity and time-tested strategies – get advice that lasts.

Since our firm was founded by John Cooke in 1969, we’ve seen remarkable changes, like multiple market cycles and economic shifts, as well as major milestones in our family’s legacy and those of our clients.

But some things stay the same – through this time, we’ve earned a remarkable client retention rate, we’ve maintained client relationships across generations, and we’ve been consistently recognized by some of the most respected publications in the industry as one of the leading advisories in the country today.

We put stock in things that last, and so do our clients.

“Many of our client families have been working with Cooke Financial Group for over 40 years. We believe these relationships are a testament to the trust level that we routinely build with our clients.”
Brian F. Cooke CIMA®
Partner

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

Our advisors have been recognized as some of the best in the country.

Over the years, we have been consistently recognized as best-in-class advisors by leading industry publications.

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Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors

Top 400 Financial Advisors

2020

Chris Cooke

2019

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2018

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2017

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2016

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2014

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2013

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke
Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors: Top 10 in Indiana

Top 1,200 Advisors: Top 10 in Indiana

2016

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2015

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2014

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2013

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2012

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2011

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2010

Brian Cooke and Chris Cooke

2009

John D. Cooke, #1 Advisor
Five Star Wealth Manager Awards

Wealth Manager Awards

2020

Chris Cooke, Brian Cooke, Lisa K. Grimes and Kevin McCurdy

2019

Chris Cooke, Brian Cooke, Nancy Hague, Lisa K. Grimes and Kevin McCurdy

2018

Chris Cooke, Brian Cooke, Nancy Hague, Lisa K. Grimes and Kevin McCurdy

2016

John Cooke, Chris Cooke, Brian Cooke, Nancy Hague, Lisa K. Grimes and Kevin McCurdy

2015

John Cooke, Chris Cooke, Brian Cooke, Nancy Hague, Lisa K. Grimes and Kevin McCurdy

2014

John Cooke, Chris Cooke, Brian Cooke, Nancy Hague, Lisa K. Grimes and Kevin McCurdy

2013

Chris Cooke, Brian Cooke, Nancy Hague, Lisa K. Grimes, and Kevin McCurdy

2012

Chris Cooke, Brian Cooke, Nancy Hague, Lisa K. Grimes, and Kevin McCurdy
Research Magazine/The Winner’s Circle Top-Ranked Advisor Teams in America

Top-Ranked Advisor Teams in America

2008

#1 Family Team

2007

#2 Family Team

2006

#2 Family Team

2005

#2 Family Team

2003

#17 Family Team

2002

#18 Family Team
Registered Rep Magazine Outstanding Advisor Awards

Outstanding Advisor Awards

2007

Chris Cooke, Top Ten in Nation

2005

John D. Cooke, an America’s Top 50 Financial Advisor
On Wall Street Magazine Top Advisors under 40

Top Advisors under 40

2006

Brian Cooke, #12 in Nation
Indianapolis Business Journal Forty under 40

Forty under 40

2006

Brian Cooke
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Disclaimer

Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors (2020). Chris and Brian Cooke were named to the Forbes’ 2020 List of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, a ranking of the best national, regional, and independent firms in the United States, for the third consecutive year. Out of more than 29,000 nominations submitted, the Cooke brothers were ranked #1 and #2 in the state.

Forbes Top 250 Wealth Advisors (2020). The Forbes list of top wealth Advisors includes 250 Advisors across the nation selected from more than 25,000 nominations by SHOOK Research.

Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. The Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list is developed by SHOOK Research and ranks more than 2,000 Advisors based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative criteria determined through due diligence interviews, revenue trends, assets under management, compliance record, and track record for encompassing best practices. To qualify for ranking, an Advisor must have a minimum of seven years of experience. Ranking does not evaluate the quality of services and is not indicative of an Advisor’s future performance.

#1 Family Team in America as ranked by The Winners Circle and Research magazine in 2008. Each Advisor on this year’s Research magazine list was filtered down from a national list from securities firms, banks, independent firms and more. The Winner’s Circle team vetted each Advisor through a host of quantitative and qualitative criteria including assets managed, revenues, experience levels, acceptable compliance records, discussions with management and more. Because client portfolios vary and are typically unedited, portfolio performance is not a criterion; instead, The Winner’s Circle focuses on customer satisfaction and client retention.

Barron’s Top 1200 Advisors (2013.) Rankings based on assets under management, revenue generated for Advisor firms, quality of practices, and other factors.

Barron’s Top 1000 Advisors (2012.) The rankings are based on data provided by 4,000 of the nation’s most productive 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 is not an explicit component.

Barron’s Top 1000 Advisors (2009–2011.) The number of Advisors shown for each state is based on the total population of the state, so larger states have larger listings. Generally, the rankings reflect assets under management, revenues, quality of the Advisors’ practices and other factors. Total assets are all assets overseen by the Advisor’s team, including some that are held at other institutions. Assets managed for institutions are given less weight in the scoring. Portfolio performance is not a criterion because most Advisors do not have audited track records. Criteria based on more than 3000 filtered nominations from more than 100 investment, insurance, banking and other related independent financial service firms.

Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors (2004–2009) criteria generally based on more than 7,000 filtered nominations from more than 80 investment, insurance, banking and other related firms, which were narrowed down by quantitative and qualitative criteria as well as by examining regulatory records and talking with peers, supervisors, clients and the Advisors themselves. Portfolio performance is not a criterion because most Advisors do not have audited track records.

Financial Times Top 400 Advisors Rankings are based on data provided by investment firms. Factors include assets under management, experience, industry certification, and compliance record. Investment performance and financial Advisor production are not explicit components.

Five Star Wealth Manager Award (2012.) Survey conducted by Five Star Professional, an independent third-party research firm, who received nominations among all Wealth Managers in the area from peers or firms and evaluated the nominees based on 10 objective criteria including client retention rates, client assets administered, firm review and favorable regulatory and complaint history.

Five Star Wealth Manager Award (2010–2011) is bestowed on Wealth Managers who scored highest in overall satisfaction based on surveys conducted by Crescendo, a third-party research firm who evaluated feedback from clients, peers, and industry professionals. Scoring based on criteria, including customer service, integrity, knowledge/experience, recommendations, and overall satisfaction. Selected are the top scoring candidates representing less than 7% of their market. The rating is not representative of any one client’s experience as the rating reflects an average, or a sample, of all client experiences, and is not guarantee as to a client’s future investment success or an Advisors selection or performance in the future.

Indianapolis Business Journal Forty Under 40 criteria based on 40 local business and professional leaders who have achieved success before the age of 40. These people have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication in pursuing their careers, and are likely to continue to achieve in the future.

On Wall Street Top Advisors Under 40 criteria based on age requirements of 39 years of age and under. Executives at wire houses and full-service regional firms were asked to identify their top three brokers based on assets under management for the first nine months of this year. With a few exceptions, these are the largest asset gatherers under 40 at their firms. In the case of a team member, the assets we report for the person is in the same proportion as the individual’s production within the team. Candidates also had to offer comprehensive financial planning and wealth management services, generate at least 50% of their revenues from fee-based accounts, and have no compliance problems in the past five years.

Registered Rep Outstanding Advisor Award criteria based on: 1) Superior performance in money management, client service, business building and philanthropic activities; and 2) Acknowledged peer recognition and respect.

Registered Rep America’s Top 50 Financial Advisors. Rankings based on a combination of objective and subjective factors, including production, assets under management and tenure at current firm. Indy’s Best and Brightest criteria based on age requirements, residential requirements, professional accomplishments, and leadership qualities in workplace or community. Selection committee chooses 100 total nominees in 10 categories as finalists; committee then selects 10 winners.

Research Magazine/The Winner’s Circle criteria generally based on more than 7,000 filtered nominations from more than 80 investment, insurance, banking and other related firms, which were narrowed down by quantitative and qualitative criteria as well as by examining regulatory records and talking with peers, supervisors, clients and the Advisors themselves. Portfolio performance is not a criterion because most Advisors do not have audited track records.

Our Team

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John D. Cooke

Founder
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J. Christopher Cooke CIMA®

Partner
Direct: (317) 814-7810 | [email protected]
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Brian F. Cooke CIMA®

Partner
Direct: (317) 814-7808 | [email protected]
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  • Lisa K. Grimes
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Lisa K. Grimes CFP®

Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor
Direct: (317) 814-7803 | [email protected]
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Kevin McCurdy CFP®

Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor
Direct: (317) 814-7811 | [email protected]
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Tammy Williams MBA

Vice President, Wealth Advisor
Direct: (317) 814-7812 | [email protected]
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Kris Heide

Officer, Senior Client Associate
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Kat Sheffer

Officer, Senior Client Associate
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Adrienne Monka

Client Associate
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Christine Barbo

Client Associate
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Anna Feigel

Receptionist
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Our Founders

John D. Cooke

Founder

In 1969, John D. Cooke founded the Cooke Financial Group. This marked the beginning of what would eventually become an industry-leading firm, an award-winning team and a legacy that continues to inspire trust and confidence today, over 50 years later.

In many ways, a key driver of John’s success has been his foresight as an early adopter, pioneering practices that would eventually become the industry’s gold standard. John was among the first to implement a disciplined process to evaluate and select professional money management firms for the benefit of his clients, and to build his practice around the idea of providing not just investment advice, but rather a comprehensive planning and wealth management framework that could accommodate the full spectrum of his clients’ financial considerations. Within Cooke Financial Group, he recognized the value of delivering this level of advice with a completely objective and unbiased perspective, and this ideal is proudly upheld today, as his successors lead the team as an independent firm partnered with Sanctuary Wealth.

John’s skill and dedication have been acknowledged throughout his career by the many publications and research bodies who have named him to lists ranking the country’s best advisors. This includes the Top 100 Financial Advisors (Barron’s, 2004 - 2009), America’s Top 50 Financial Advisors (Registered Rep magazine, 2005), Top Ranked Advisors in America (Research magazine, 2002 and 2003) and the Broker Hall of Fame (Research magazine, 1994). During his tenure at Wells Fargo, he was named to the prestigious Recognition Council for 30 consecutive years, received the Wells Fargo Spirit award and earned the Lifetime Premier Advisor designation.

John continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Cooke Financial Group, and his sons Chris and Brian live out his principles and lead the team by his example. Their ongoing commitment to John’s founding beliefs is evident in the community of client families who have relied on Cooke Financial Group for generations, the new capabilities the team has introduced in order to serve clients better, and the numerous accolades awarded them by some of the industry’s most respected publications.
Our Founders

J. Christopher Cooke CIMA®

Partner
Direct: (317) 814-7810 | [email protected]

As Partner, Chris Cooke co-leads Cooke Financial Group alongside his brother, Brian.

Chris has been an integral part of the evolution of the firm, from his own introduction in 1992 as Managing Director of Investments, to the 2016 merger that launched Sanctuary Wealth, now one of the fastest-growing hybrid RIAs in the country. Cooke Financial Group became the inaugural team on Sanctuary’s exclusive Partnered Independence℠ platform, and Chris continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Cooke Financial Group, Chris was an accountant at a national financial services firm. His experience in auditing and performance monitoring was instrumental as the team continuously developed their service capabilities. Today, Chris’ expertise in concentrated in wealth management, retirement planning and estate planning.

A non-practicing CPA and attorney, Chris is a member of the Indiana Bar Association. He also holds the professional designation Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and a Juris Doctorate with a focus on tax law from the Indiana University Law School in Indianapolis.

Throughout his 30-year career, time and again Chris has been named by national publications like Forbes, Financial Times and Registered Representative magazine as one of the leading advisors in the country. He is also a sought-after subject matter expert, having spoken before the Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors and quoted in The Wall Street Journal and the Indianapolis Business Journal. Chris has also been named the #1 top-rated advisor in the State of Indiana by Forbes.

Chris is a history buff and for over 20 years has been actively involved with Conner Prairie, an interactive history museum affiliated with the Smithsonian. He is currently Chairman of the Conner Prairie Foundation Board of Directors and, in his local community of Fishers, Indiana, he is a board member at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital. Chris enjoys waterskiing, tennis and horseback riding. He and his wife Elizabeth have three grown children.
Our Founders

Brian F. Cooke CIMA®

Partner
Direct: (317) 814-7808 | [email protected]

As Partner, Brian Cooke co-leads Cooke Financial Group alongside his brother, Chris.

Brian has been an integral part of the evolution of the firm, from his own introduction in 1992 to the 2016 merger that launched Sanctuary Wealth, now one of the fastest-growing hybrid RIAs in the country. Cooke Financial Group became the inaugural team on Sanctuary’s exclusive Partnered Independence℠ platform, and Brian continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

Brian is known for the personal attention and care he provides clients of Cooke Financial Group, as well as his expertise in asset allocation analysis, professional money management consulting and client communications. Over the years he has helped lead the team to new capabilities, including family office services, investment banking and local investment opportunities.

From Indianapolis Business Journal’s prestigious Forty Under 40 award, to his most recent 2020 ranking by Forbes as the #1 Best-in-State Wealth Advisor for Indiana, Brian is a true industry leader who has been earning recognition from top publications since 1992.

Brian holds the designation Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and two Bachelor’s degrees in business and marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He lives in Fishers, Indiana with his wife, Amy, and their two children. Whenever he has the opportunity, he enjoys traveling and playing golf, tennis and pickle ball.
Wealth Management Team

Lisa K. Grimes CFP®

Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor
Direct: (317) 814-7803 | [email protected]

Lisa Grimes has been an integral part of Cooke Financial Group since 1991. Beginning with understanding her clients’ life goals, she works through a process to identify optimal wealth strategies and design diversified portfolios that align with clients’ long-term priorities.

Lisa joined the industry in 1989 and over the years she has developed a wide-ranging skillset in wealth management and portfolio design. She earned the Five Star Wealth Manager Award in each consecutive year from 2012 to 2015.

A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER&trrade;, Lisa also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Indiana University. Outside of work, she sits on the board for Damar Services, Inc., a leading national not-for-profit whose mission is to help children and adults with developmental and behavioral disabilities.

Lisa lives in Carmel, Indiana with her husband and two children, and they frequently travel together across the country and abroad.
Wealth Management Team

Kevin McCurdy CFP®

Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor
Direct: (317) 814-7811 | [email protected]

Kevin McCurdy draws on 14 years of wealth management experience, a multidisciplinary professional background and a range of educational credentials to deliver comprehensive and tailored financial guidance to his clients.

A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Kevin is also a non-practicing attorney. He earned a Juris Doctorate in Income and Estate Tax from the Indiana University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University. His depth of expertise enables him to serve as a “personal CEO,” helping each client work toward individual goals and priorities.

Kevin was named a Five Star Wealth Manager each consecutive year from 2012 to 2016. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Kristen and their three sons.
Wealth Management Team

Tammy Williams MBA

Vice President, Wealth Advisor
Direct: (317) 814-7812 | [email protected]

Tammy Williams came to Cooke Financial Group in 2016. Now one of the team’s lead wealth advisors executing comprehensive wealth plans, she has a unique and varied background.

Tammy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University and her MBA from DePaul University. She now focuses on helping clients create and preserve wealth through comprehensive financial services.

Prior to her work in the financial industry, Tammy was a professional softball player for seven years, during which time she played for the USA Women’s Softball National Team, the Japanese Professional League and the Chicago Bandits. She currently serves on the Northwestern Softball Alumni Board and is an active member of the Athletes for Hope Foundation, which helps athletes achieve their goals.
Client Support Team

Kris Heide

Officer, Senior Client Associate

Since 1998, Kris Heide has been an integral part of the client service team at Cooke Financial Group.

Kris graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Indianapolis, where she was a member of the Psi Chi – International Honor Society in Psychology and Sigma Phi Omega – Gerontology Honor Society. Currently, she is active in her local community through Martinsville Life Church of God, as well as Angel’s Wings and their program Kelli’s Closet.

A skilled softball player, Kris became the first woman to be inducted into the Indiana NSA Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame in 2017. She also enjoys collecting antique tea pots, woodworking, and spending time with her partner Wendi, daughter Sage and their pets.
Client Support Team

Kat Sheffer

Officer, Senior Client Associate

In 2011, Kat Sheffer joined Cooke Financial Group to help build and support client relationships.

A Certified Fitness and Cycle Instructor, Kat is also licensed in therapeutic massage and founded a clinic called Integrated Therapeutic Massage, LLC, which she ran for 13 years. She attended Eastern New Mexico University and gives back to her community as a member of Northview Church and the Heroes Foundation. She completed an IRONMAN race in 2016 and also loves reading, music, wine and spending time with family and friends.
Client Support Team

Adrienne Monka

Client Associate

Adrienne Monka is a Client Associate with Cooke Financial Group and an accomplished athlete. Between 2009 and 2012, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northwestern University and played on the softball team. She was a two-time All-American and a 2018 Inductee into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame.

Adrienne enjoys spending time with her sister, Alyssa, and her dogs, Raven and Kobe. She continues to enjoy sports as a player and as a fan of the Colts, the Cubs, the US Women’s Soccer Team and the Northwestern Wildcats.
Client Support Team

Christine Barbo

Client Associate

Christine Barbo came to Cooke Financial Group in 2018 as a Client Associate. She is a Certified Indiana Public Notary with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Education from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Christine is a supporter of Penn State University’s THON, a student-run fundraising group focused on pediatric cancer care and research. Originally from New Jersey, she and her husband Matt moved to Indiana in 2014. They have a talking parakeet named Ducky and enjoy paddle boarding on Geist Reservoir and going rock climbing.
Client Support Team

Anna Feigel

Receptionist

Anna Feigel provides administrative support and directs calls from the Cooke Financial Group front desk. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Purdue University and is a qualified Language Arts and Reading teacher.

Anna also supports her community through membership in organizations including the International Crane Foundation and NPR (through WFYI) and enjoys crocheting, sewing, jigsaw puzzles and playing piano. She lives in Lafayette with her parents, her brother and her cat, Donovan.