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Eric Kies, CFP®

Partner/President/CCO

Quad Cities

As the president of The Planning Center, I am responsible for the daily management of the firm. My long-term goal for the firm is to continue building a team of talented financial planners and staff who are ready to serve successive generations of families. I want our firm and its lead planners to be a resource in the community that people can turn to and trust for solutions to their problems. In my work with clients, my focus is working with business owners and executives with complex planning needs and goals, such as those with significant or irregular incomes.

“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” [Katherine Switzer]

Outside of work, the bulk of my time is spent with my wife Laura, and our two children, Maddox and Kennon. You’re likely to find us playing a game of some sort, spending time outdoors, or at a church or school activity. Running and cycling are my two favorite hobbies, so if you want some time on the calendar, lace up your running shoes or pump up the tires on your bike, and we’ll go have a good conversation about life and living.

Credentials

Affiliations: Fee-Only Planning, Purposeful Planning Institute, Sudden Money Institute, Money Quotient

Areas of Expertise: Strategic planning, Transition planning, Business planning, Cash flow and income management

Education:

  • B.S. in Industrial Education & Technology, Western Illinois University 1996
  • MBA, Finance Western Illinois University 1999

Memberships: Financial Planning Association (FPA), National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)

Who inspires me:
My father and mother, who they were as people and what they were able to achieve during their lifetimes amazes me. Their work ethic and perseverance in the midst of all the transitions that life threw at them still guides me today on how to live a life well lived.

My life’s biggest milestone:
The opportunity to marry my best friend and create an amazing life together.

Favorite destination:
It’s not a destination, it’s spending time with those I care about. The location or activity is secondary.

My favorite thing(s):
Going for a run with Laura, especially when our kids ride their bikes along with us.

Why I love what I do:
I enjoy helping others build bridges from what is to what could be, helping them pursue what matters the most in life. Whether I’m meeting with clients or working with a team member to create solutions, I get to spend most of the day in my sweet spot.

100 Percent
Independent

Objectivity

We listen and keep an open mind

232 Years
Combined
Experience

Wisdom

We learn and teach continuously

50
Year Vision

Forward Looking

We make decisions with future generations in mind

1998
Year
Established

Responsibility

We hold ourselves accountable for pursuing the highest standards

10+ Years
Avg. Client
Relationship

Collaboration

We build powerful relationships by working towards common goals

100 Percent
Fee-Only

Fiduciary

We work directly for our clients and put client’s interests first

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