Chris Curtis

Partner & Chief Financial Officer


Leadership Team


Chris is the Chief Financial Officer and a Partner in the Chicago office, where he oversees all the firm’s finance and accounting activities. Chris is also a member of the firm’s Leadership Team. He has more than 25 years of experience, including over 13 years in financial services.

Prior to joining Cerity Partners, he was Division CFO, Wealth Solutions and Head of Investor Relations for Envestnet, a leading provider of intelligent systems for wealth management and financial wellness. Chris previously served as CFO of Hightower, a national wealth management firm. He began his career as an auditor for EY (formerly Ernst & Young).


  • BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business
  • MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business


  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Q & A


What inspired you to pursue your career in financial management?

Finance is at the center of every major decision for an individual or a firm – I wanted to be part of that.

Why is finance important, especially today?

Its complexity has increased tremendously over my career. We need experts who understand all the nuances.

What differentiates Cerity Partners from other wealth management firms?

Our culture where words matter and the best ideas win.

How would you describe your best day doing what you do?

A great mix of helping my team “keep the lights on”, solving challenges big and small, preventing new ones and making progress on important projects.

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