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Peter founded Peak Wealth Planning in January, 2014 to provide bespoke advice to a select group of families. Prior to founding Peak Wealth, Peter managed the treasury and investments at the University of Illinois System for two decades. He also spent 15 years as a real estate investor and developer. As a real estate investor, he learned about minimizing taxes and constructive use of debt.
Peter has experience growing and protecting pools of capital. At the University of Illinois he grew the endowment from $250 million to $700 million and increased operating cash from $700 million to $2.5 billion. From this experience Peter has learned how to create portfolios using unique building blocks (selecting from thousands of managers) to meet specific goals. Peter applies his unique background to help clients achieve their specific goals and enjoy peace of mind.
Peter grew up in an entrepreneurial construction family in the Northeast. He currently resides in Champaign, IL and frequently visits Chicago and Winter Park, CO. Peter enjoys skiing, vegetable gardening, and remodeling homes in unique locations.
Babette joined Peak Wealth Planning, LLC after having retired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was an events planner for thirty years. Twenty of those years were spent in the Chancellor’s Office where she served as Director of Special events for the campus. Babette was lured out of retirement to assist Peter Newman, CFA with establishing office procedures and general organizational systems. Babette provides professional and courteous service to Peak Wealth Planning, LLC’s growing client base.