Our Team

Our Team

Ryan F. Evans

Ryan F. Evans is a managing partner with Blueprint Wealth Advisors, LLC. Since 2004, Ryan has been able to create personalized solutions to help his clients reach their goals. He co-founded Blueprint Wealth Advisors based on the principal that every recommendation made is dependent solely on the client’s individual needs and not those of the typical Wall Street business model where a firm sells its products to meet its sales goals.

Ryan is a CHARTERED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT (ChFC®) professional, an ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY® Designee, holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations, and received his bachelor's degree from The University of Illinois Champaign Urbana. Ryan is proud to have been recognized as a *Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Advisor for 2015 & 2016.  He has also been named in Chicago Magazine as a **Five Star Wealth Manager from 2013-2018.

Prior to joining Blueprint Wealth Advisors, Ryan was an options trader on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange for five years. He lives in Elmhurst with his wife, Andria, and his two daughters, Abigail and Delaney.  Ryan enjoys coaching his daughters' sports (except dance!), skiing, fishing, live music, spending time with his family and friends, and he even attempts to play golf from time to time.

 

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*To compile this list, the Financial Times evaluated nominees on seven broad factors and calculated a numeric score for each advisor. The areas of consideration were assets under management (AUM) in defined contribution (DC) plans, degree of specialization in DC plan advising, growth in DC plan AUM, average participation rate in advised DC plans, years of experience as a DC plan advisor, industry certifications, and compliance record. Approximately 540 qualified applications were received; 401 advisors were selected, representing 74.3 percent of applicants. For the full methodology, please visit ft.com. Not indicative of advisor's future performance. Your experience may vary.

**Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 5,449 award candidates in the Chicago area were considered for the Five Star Wealth Manager award. 435 (8 percent of candidates) were named 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers. (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

Nick Wilkins

Nick Wilkins is a managing partner and cofounder of Blueprint Wealth Advisors. Nick believes that clients make their best financial decisions within the context of a formal, comprehensive analysis that addresses all of the major aspects of their financial lives. Each new client relationship begins with a thorough examination of the client's goals and resources. Nick then helps the client objectively evaluate a variety of potential solutions and clearly explains the “trade-offs” inherent in these financial decisions before any products or services are implemented. As clients are best served by a team approach, Nick works on their investment and insurance needs, while also working with his clients' tax and legal advisors to help ensure that the interrelated details of their financial strategy are integrated to efficiently work toward the client's objectives.

Since 2001, Nick has helped hundreds of executives, business owners, and families achieve greater financial confidence by improving their financial, investment, and estate planning strategies. Nick has been awarded the *2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018 Five StarSM Wealth Manager Award   and has been featured in the November issue of Chicago Magazine for the past four years. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® Designee and a qualifying member of the **Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). He has also been a guest speaker and member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). Nick holds a BA in finance from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, is an avid golfer, and lives in Chicago with his wife, Brigette, and their two sons, Thomas and Connor.

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Nicholas Wilkins is proud to have been recognized as a Winners Circle advisor for 2015—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 30 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

 

*2010 and 2011: Based on nine criteria, including customer service, integrity, knowledge/expertise, communication, value for fee charged, and overall satisfaction.

*2012, 2013, 2018: Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 5,449 award candidates in the Chicago area were considered for the Five Star Wealth Manager award. 435 (8 percent of candidates) were named 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers.  (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com

**Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) is an independent membership organization of life insurance and financial service professionals. Membership levels are based on commissions, premiums, or fees generated within a year from investment and insurance products. Members must apply annually and pay a fee. Members must be in good standing of a Professional Association which has met the following criteria: in existence at least 2 years, have 100 or more members, must be a nonprofit organization, must have a code of ethics and an effective means of dealing with breaches of its code. Members must also adhere to the MDRT Code of Ethics. Working with this advisor is not a guarantee of future financial results. Investors should conduct their own evaluation. For more information, please visit https://www.mdrt.org/.

Ted Nebel

Ted Nebel is an attorney and CFP® designee who joined Blueprint in December 2013. He received his BA, magna cum laude, in economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1968. He then enrolled in the joint law/MBA program at the University of Chicago and was granted his JD in 1971 and MBA in 1973.

Ted began his career at Chicago’s Continental Illinois National Bank, where he spent five years in Trust and two in the Corporate Counsel office. After leaving the bank, he was associated with the Park Ridge law firm of Owens, Owens, & Rinn, where he practiced for eight years, specializing in estate planning and taxation. While at that firm, he extended his practice to include comprehensive financial planning. He was awarded the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 1984 and successfully completed the Series 7 (General Securities) exam as well. He later served as an instructor of the Federal Income Tax course (part of the CFP® professional curriculum) at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.

He has worked with several prominent financial services firms, including New England Mutual Life and Mass Mutual. He has been in his current position since 1990, specializing in comprehensive financial planning, estate planning, retirement planning, and asset management. He is a registered representative and investment adviser representative with his broker/dealer, Commonwealth Financial Network®, located in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Ted is a member of the Financial Planning Association and has served on the Board of the Chicago Loop Council. He also belongs to the Chicago and Illinois Bar Associations, the Union League Club of Chicago, and the Notre Dame Club of Chicago. A Rotarian for more than 30 years, he has served as president of the Park Ridge, Illinois, Rotary Club and as a director and vice president of the Rotary Club of Chicago, his current club. Ted resides in Chicago and has two children and four grandsons.

Lindsay Bowman

Senior Client Service Representative

Lindsay expanded her part-time roll at Blueprint Wealth Advisors into a full time team member in 2016.  Since joining, she has become an integral part of the service team by assisting the advisors in day-to-day investment strategy implementation.  She works closely with the back office to research investments, compile income strategies, and analyze tax implications on sales of existing holdings.

Lindsay is also a practicing attorney in Illinois.  She focuses her practice on estate planning and administration.  Her services are provided separately from Blueprint Wealth Advisors.

Lindsay obtained her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 2016, with a certification in Tax Law.  She is licensed to practice law in Illinois. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association.

Elizabeth Meisner

Senior Retirement Plan Service Coordinator

Elizabeth plays a significant role servicing Blueprint’s retirement plan clients. She is in charge of scheduling and coordinating client meetings, preparing all attendees for the meetings and fielding client questions. 
 
The combination of Elizabeth’s skill set and dedication to client service make her uniquely qualified and a highly valued member of the team. 
 
Elizabeth and her husband Jason live in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago and enjoy spending time with their two young boys. 

Nora Collins

Nora ensures that our clients receive the exceptional service they deserve. As an integral part of our service team, she handles service requests, including but not limited to scheduling appointments and performing administrative and operational tasks for brokerage and advisory accounts. She also serves as a key contact among the financial planners, clientele, and numerous financial institutions with whom Blueprint partners. Because of her knowledge, dedication, and charming personality, clients are sure to have an enjoyable and successful service experience.