The Cogent Advisor Michael J. Evans joins DePaul University College of Commerce Finance Advisory Board

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Michael J. Evans, Founder and President of The Cogent Advisor, joins the DePaul University College of Commerce Finance Advisory Board, an elite group of Chicago-area business and financial industry leaders.

I am honored that the university has invited me to continue participating in its mission, to ensure that others are offered the same opportunities I have had." - Michael J. Evans

Michael J. Evans, Founder and President of The Cogent Advisor, is honored to announce that he has joined the DePaul University College of Commerce Finance Advisory Board, an elite group of Chicago-area business and financial industry leaders. The Cogent Advisor is an independent fee-only wealth management firm in Chicago.

“As the first generation in my family to achieve higher education, I’ve found DePaul’s College of Commerce has played a huge role in shaping my own life,” says Evans. “Even when I was a teenager watching its number-one-rated basketball team, the university has been a cornerstone in my personal and professional development. I am honored that the university has invited me to continue participating in its mission, to ensure that others are offered the same opportunities I have had. DePaul truly serves the diverse culture and people of my Chicago hometown.”
The Finance Advisory Board was established in 1998 by Dr. Ali Fatemi of the Department of Finance at DePaul University. Comprised of a select group of Chicago’s distinguished business, government and academic leaders, the board’s mission is to serve as a valued, independent champion for a variety of the department’s activities. Its interests range from faculty and program development to graduate placement, mission and funding outreach. The board also helps select the distinguished “Financial Executive of the Year,” sponsored by the Finance Advisory Board and the DePaul Chapter of the Financial Management Association National Honor Society. Members of the Finance Advisory Board are affiliated with companies such as The Options Clearing Corporation, Northern Trust, JPMorgan, BlackRock, Mesirow Financial, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, The Private Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank Chicago.

Evans brings decades of practical experience to the Finance Advisory Board. Before founding The Cogent Advisor, he was a veteran commodities trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, executing trades and managing risk for more than 20 years. Today, he provides wealth management services to a select number of successful financial trading professionals and other Chicago-area investors. A DePaul University alumnus, Evans earned a bachelor’s of science degree and a graduate certificate in financial planning from the College of Commerce.
Evans also recently joined the board of the Lane Tech Alumni Association, and serves on the board of The Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago.

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