Our People

We provide you with access to a nationwide network of professionals– people who have invested their time and talent, and have the knowledge that comes with experience. From business succession to estate planning strategies, from investment strategies to long term care insurance, we have professionals who can design a solution suitable to your unique situation.

Our intention is to help create prosperity for our clients with comprehensive wealth strategies designed to enhance the quality of their life.

Louis J. Cassara, CLU ChFCChairman/CEO

Lou Cassara, CLU, ChFC is the Chairman and CEO of The Financial Resource Network. He is a nationally known strategic planner who focuses on business, estate and succession planning strategies for entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals and families. He has worked with over 500 closely held businesses and high net worth individuals throughout The United States. The emphasis of his planning is to educate, organize and prepare his clients on the latest wealth preservation and business planning concepts, tactics and strategies.

Lou is also a nationally known author, speaker & consultant to his clients and trusted advisors. His impressive career as a Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter has placed him among the leading advisors in the country. He is also the President and CEO of The Cassara Clinic, a leading professional development and executive coaching organization in the Financial Services industry.

Since 1981, entrepreneurs and business professionals have chosen to work with Lou because he is passionate, dedicated and committed to being a resource for their financial security. What that means to those he serves is he shows a genuine interest in helping his clients understand, evaluate and implement effective business and estate planning solutions. The benefit to them is the clarity, confidence and capability they have to protect and preserve their lifestyle, assets and people they care most about.

Lou is married to Debbie since 1980 and they have three children, Stefanie, Anthony and Danielle. He is passionate about his family & friends, enjoys golf, fishing, reading and gardening.

Stefanie Engleking   Director of Operations

Stefanie Engleking serves as The Director of Operations for the Financial Resource Network. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing daily operational activities including new business, client service, performance reporting, office administration, technology and human resources.

Since 2005, people have chosen to work with Stefanie because of her passion and commitment to business growth and client service. What this means is she is focused on developing and implementing processes and systems for all day-to-day operations in addition to providing an exceptional experience for clients and financial professionals. The real benefit is her dedication to education, knowledge and networking make her an integral asset to the Financial Resource Network.

Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University School of Liberal Arts and a Life and Health Producer License. She lives in Bolingbrook with her husband Brandon and daughter Sofia and enjoys spending time with her family, foreign travel and event planning.

Brian Strock   Financial Services Professional

Brian Strock is a Financial Services Professional with The Financial Resource Network. He is a strategic resource for professionals, retirees and entrepreneurs.

Since 2001, people have chosen to work with Brian because of his knowledge, wisdom and focus on service. What this means is that he invests the time to understand his clients unique situation and shares a process that educates, organizes and prepares them for opportunities they can capture. The real benefit is the confidence and peace of mind in knowing they have planned for their most important life moments.

Brian is also a nationally known coach, speaker and consultant to professionals and business owners. He has completed 11 marathons including the Chicago Marathon and Boston Marathon. He has lived in the Chicagoland area since 1992.

Lou Sanfilippo   Director of Case Design

Lou Sanfilippo is The Director of Case Design for the Financial Resource Network. He is a strategic resource and integral member of the advanced planning and case design team.

Since 2000, Lou has served individuals and entrepreneurs in the areas of business, estate, succession and retirement planning. What this means is that he is able to understand his client’s unique situation and provide innovative solutions specifically designed to each circumstance. The real benefit he provides is the peace of mind in knowing that the work he has done will help protect and preserve their lifestyle, assets, and important relationships.

Lou resides in West Chicago, IL with his wife Julie. They have two children, Sophia and Louis. He enjoys participating in multiple athletic activities, spending time with his family, and follows various forms of motorsport.

Victor Gallione   Insurance & Financial Services Professional

Vic Gallione is an Insurance and Financial Services Professional with The Financial Resource Network. He is a strategic resource for families, retirees, business professionals and entrepreneurs. Since 2006, Vic has been servicing his client in the areas of business, estate, succession and retirement planning strategies.

What this means to his client is Vic will take the time to attain a clear and concise understanding of each individuals unique circumstance and review and evaluate their specific needs before providing simple and easy to implement solutions. The real benefit for his clients is the confidence and satisfaction they have when embracing a customized solution for protecting and preserving the things that matter most to them; their families, assets and valued relationships.

Vic attended George Williams College. He is the father of two children, and has been blessed with three grandchildren. Vic enjoys recreational sports, is passionate about fishing and is an avid golfer.

Samantha Formella, MBA  Director of Client Relations

Samantha Formella is the Director of Client Relations for the Financial Resource Network and an assistant to Lou Cassara. She is a lead resource for clients and an integral member of the administrative team.

People choose to work with me because I appreciate, respect, and value the work that they do. What this means is that I am focused on delivering exceptional service and support to our valued representatives and clients. The real benefit is the confidence and capability to better serve our clients.

Samantha graduated from Saint Xavier University with a double major in International Business and Business Administration. She holds an MBA from Lewis University and is passionate about her friends and family, enjoys soccer, reading, and traveling.