David L. Blaydes, MS, CFP®, AIF®, RFC, is the founder and CEO of Retirement Planners International, Inc., (RPI), and has been successfully engaged in the financial planning industry since 1977. His background and experience allows him to offer comprehensive financial life planning to help fulfill the needs of individuals faced with transitional based financial decisions. Mr. Blaydes' emphasis is on job transition planning whether it be to another job or into retirement, most often in conjunction with outplacement services. He has assisted many Fortune 500 companies’ through workshops and one-on-one meetings to help guide & plan the financial aspects of a job transition.
David earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Olivet, as well as a Master's of Science in Personal Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning. Additionally he is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) and is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Whether you are in between jobs, working through an outplacement firm, or transitioning into retirement, he understands the importance of the planning process and will be guiding your decisions based on an educational plan based approach.
David and the RPI team have shared their knowledge with multiple appearances on several TV shows such as The NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, and Smart Money; on WLS Radio as co-host of American's Wealth Management show, and has been highlighted in newspapers such as Crain's Chicago Business and The Chicago Sun Times. In 2013, Mr. Blaydes was named Financial Planner Pro Bono Planner of the Year * nationwide for his work with people in transition. He is also the author of, I Just Lost My Job, Now What.
David resides in Naperville, IL with his wife Susan. They have lived in Naperville since 1985, raising their four children Bridgette, Lauren, Megan and JD.
*Award receipt is not indicative of investment performance.