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David Pequet, CEO and senior portfolio manager at MPI Wealth Management in Hinsdale, attended the 2024 Barron's Top Independent Advisors Summit, March 13-15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The invitation-only conference is hosted by Barron's Magazine.

The Barron's Summit is a gathering of self-made leaders who have earned a distinct place within the financial services industry. The event offers the top independent practitioners a unique opportunity to interface and network with the peers who best understand their businesses.

Offered by Barron's Advisor since 2009, this curated experience has become the premier annual event for ranked independent advisors, with content designed to highlight the best practices and specific needs of independent advisors.

The three-day conference featured several respected speakers from the world of finance providing the attendees unique access and insight not normally available.

The advisors selected by Barron's for the summit are chosen based on the depth and breadth of service offering, assets under management and regulatory records. Firm responses were voluntary, and no fee was paid to Barrons to be included in the ranking.

"As we celebrate our 38th year in business as an independent registered investment advisor, Matt (Pequet, senior vice president) and I are very proud that this is the 13th year in a row we have been invited to the Barron's conference," Pequet said.


Several students from Hinsdale Middle School participated in MathCounts, the largest nationwide middle school math competition.

Eleven students represented the school at the chapter level, securing an impressive second place as a team. Five students competed in the Illinois State MathCounts Competition, where they finished in sixth place.

Their accomplishment stands as one of the strongest performances in recent history for HMS, surpassing the previous best of 10th place in 2016.

The team - composed of eighth-graders George An and James Bednarz, seventh-grader Ryan Zhang and sixth-grader Albert Li, along with individual competitor Andy Dong (seventh grade), faced stiff competition against some 40 school teams in the finals. Renowned schools such as Whitney Young, Kennedy Junior High and the UChicago Lab School were among the competitors.

The team is supported by the school and the HMS Parent-Teacher Organization.


Elm School recently was chosen as a Professional Learning Community at Work school. The school celebrated onsite and was recognized at the District 181 board meeting in March.

Model PLC at Work recognizes schools that demonstrate a commitment to developing a highly collaborative environment for at least three years and have clear evidence of improved student learning.


The Community House in Hinsdale has renamed its Willowbrook Corner Youth Learning Initiative the Spark Youth Development Initiative.

"Unlocking the potential of youth in unincorporated Willowbrook is at the core of the newly rebranded and expanded SPARK Youth Development Initiative," the agency's website states. "With a comprehensive approach, we go beyond academics and foster growth in every aspect. From personalized mentoring to captivating field trips and career exploration, we ignite sparks within young minds.

"Our licensed clinical counselors provide essential mental health services, our mentors guide young minds through homework help and social and emotional wellness activities, while our pool days and off-site adventures add fun-filled memories," it continues. "Services are provided at affordable rates that help us enrich the lives of each student and family."

In addition to offering after-school care and summer camps, the program recently has been expanded to include on-site licensed social workers. additional community recreation programs. Literacy programs, career speakers, field trips and Junior Achievement programs also are offered.