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DAVIS RANKed As TOP advisor

Hinsdale’s Jim Davis was recognized as a Best-In-State wealth advisor in Forbes annual industry list. Davis, who works for Merrill, was ranked 69th in Illinois. Rankings are based on quantitative and qualitative data, including in-person interviews, industry experience, compliance records, revenue produced and assets under management.

Davis draws on more than 20 years of financial and business consulting experience to assist families and individuals in managing their wealth. Before joining Merrill in 2009, he was a private wealth advisor at two other investment firms. Previously, he was a manager in the strategy consulting practice of a large international consulting firm.

Davis graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy, then earned an MBA degree at Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He is a partner with Social Venture Partners Chicago, a partnership of philanthropy-minded individuals focused on building a scalable social enterprise community in Chicago.

HMS MUSICIANS visit nashville

The Hinsdale Middle School music groups Nashville Band, Sound Check Show Choir and Chamber Springs Orchestra went on tour to Nashville President’s Day weekend, Feb. 14-17.

Students participated in clinics with Vanderbilt University professors and performed at the university. Other highlights of the trip were taking a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, seeing a live show at the Grand Ole Opry, taking a line dancing lesson at the Saddle Up Saloon and touring the Country Music Hall of Fame and the historic Ryman Auditorium.

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Brothers top two at bee

Brothers Atman (Hinsdale Middle School eighth-grader) and Advaith (The Lane School fifth-grader) Natarajan took first and second place in the DuPage County Spelling Bee Feb. 26.

The brothers tied at the District 181 Spelling Bee on Feb. 4 to qualify for the county bee. Atman will next compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 24-29.

This is Atman’s third consecutive year heading to the national bee. His father, Balu Natarajan, won

the national bee in 1985.


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage welcomes home Gianna Ricci, who will join the company as district manager overseeing part of the company’s western region. In this position, Ricci will oversee daily operations of more than 300 agents in the Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, La Grange and Downers Grove offices.

Ricci will bring her impressive sales track record, training abilities and leadership skills into her new role working with the branch leaders and affiliated agents. She was previously a broker for @properties in Elmhurst and now rejoins Coldwell Banker, where she previously worked as a top producing agent and assistant sales manager.

“The addition of Gianna to our leadership team helps to affirm our company’s commitment to providing the very best resources and support for our agents,” says Ayoub Rabah, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “I know that Gianna will be a great asset to our company, and I am thrilled to welcome her back home to Coldwell Banker.”

Ricci began her impressive 20-year real estate career in her 20s. She boasts a successful real estate sales resume, where she specialized in luxury sales and luxury real estate owned sales. A well-known fixture at numerous speaking events, including technology and sales trainings, Ricci has a true passion for sharing her talents and helping others succeed.


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