Matt Kocanda CFP®

Partner, Financial Professionals Practice Group Leader & Director of Growth

What inspired you to choose wealth management as a career?

I love to both learn and teach. In the wealth management industry, I constantly fulfill my desire to learn something new every day, while also sharing that knowledge with our clients. The pairing of research, teaching, and relationship building are the perfect mix for me.

Why did you choose to lead the Financial Professionals Practice Group?

Over the course of my career, I found that private equity professionals, investment bankers, and asset managers spend so much time taking care of their own clients and focusing on their careers that they often don’t give their personal wealth the time and attention it deserves. These are financially savvy professionals who simply have higher ROI’s focusing their time on their careers or families. I’m ensuring we develop a team that will deliver what they need while building upon the high-level of sophistication they have already. When you work with knowledgeable, driven people with clear goals, who are open to feedback and new ideas, great outcomes result.

What’s the most influential book you’ve read and why?

Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin. This is a comprehensive retelling of the events that unfolded during the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Understanding how this crisis formed within the system not only piqued my interest in the financial world but has been helpful to understand the many aftershocks that rippled throughout the entire economy.

What is the one thing you wish every person knew when making financial decisions?

The long-term goal is the most important. In today’s world with news constantly bombarding us, it can be hard to filter out the noise and stay focused on what is most important to you and your family. Making decisions with an eye toward the long-term goal allows for the most thoughtful and best decisions to be made.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?

I love to be active and constantly in motion. I find various ways to fulfill that goal, whether I am running with my wife, tinkering around the house with home improvement projects, or spending time with family and friends. I do enjoy occasionally laying on the couch, but you won’t find me there for long!

Why did you choose to be part of the BDF team?

BDF’s strong culture and commitment to excellence is a trait that is unique to this firm. The team is dedicated to helping team members grow and equipping them with experiences that allow us to give the best advice to our clients. I am impressed every single day with the way the firm is focused on challenging the typical thought process in order to continually grow and serve our clients’ complex needs.

Full Bio

Matt Kocanda has a desire to learn constantly. He continually applies what he learns about the investment and planning industry to help fulfill his clients’ needs. Matt spends most of his time working with individuals in the finance industry, including private equity professionals, investment bankers, and asset managers. He enjoys helping his clients stay focused when life gets noisy by serving as their personal CFO. That’s how he ensures the entire families’ financial goals become a reality. He specifically advises creating a plan that considers cash flow, tax issues, risk management, and estate planning alongside a properly diversified investment allocation. The end goal is always to preserve and maximize assets and investments over the long term.

Alongside leading the Financial Professionals Practice Group, Matt serves as a member of the Executive Team. In this capacity, he helps drive the strategic vision for helping more people and growing BDF. He is enthusiastic about creating a great client experience that allows BDF clients live their fullest life.

Before joining BDF, he spent six years within Goldman Sachs’ Private Wealth Management Division. Matt earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Matt is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional.

When Matt is not working, you can find him chasing around his kids Evelyn and Henry and spending time with his wife, Kathryn. He enjoys DIY projects in Arlington Heights and spending time outside at his home.