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Balasa Dinverno Foltz

Overall Ranking7

Employees59 Firm TypeRIA Co-CEO and PresidentArmond A. Dinverno LocationItasca, Ill. Primary CustodianSchwab Advisor Services

Overall Ranking7

Employees59 Firm TypeRIA Co-CEO and PresidentArmond A. Dinverno LocationItasca, Ill. Primary CustodianSchwab Advisor Services

Like many best places to work, the 60-person firm of Balasa Dinverno Foltz espouses certain core values. But above and beyond those, “It’s about loving on our people,” said Armand Dinverno, co-founder and president.

Like many best places to work, the 60-person firm of Balasa Dinverno Foltz espouses certain core values. But above and beyond those, “It’s about loving on our people,” said Armand Dinverno, co-founder and president.

Love is not usually a word used in management circles, but Mr. Dinverno recently had an epiphany when he came to understand that both business and personal relationships are too often based on fear.

“People traditionally feel that their companies don’t care about them,” he said. “I want us to consciously come across as loving to both team members and clients.”

Mr. Dinverno outlined several steps the firm must take to convey this:

• Change the collective mindset from judgmental to helpful.

• Have fewer policies.

• Communicate with integrity by speaking the truth, not the company line.

• Be curious by asking clients and employees what’s on their minds.

“People want more from work nowadays,” he said. “It doesn’t mean there isn’t accountability and high expectations. But using the word ‘love’ gives work a deeper meaning.”

— Deborah Nason

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