Grant Gier is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual, specializing in Business & Estate Planning.  He primarily works with successful closely held business owners & executives in transition helping them prepare for financial success and the "what-ifs" in life.

After graduating with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1984 with a BS in Business Administration and Finance, Grant served for two years as the Extension Director of his college fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.  He joined Northwestern Mutual in 1986 with the Hoopis Financial Group and has attained the professional designations/certification of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®).

In addition to working with his own clients, Grant currently serves as an Estate & Business Planning Specialist for Northwestern Mutual in Skokie where he provides training, consulting and case development for other financial representatives assisting their clients with estate, business and executive needs.  During his career, Grant has spoken at several industry meetings on business and estate planning topics.  He currently serves as a faculty member of Northwestern Mutual’s Advanced Business Planning School.   He also has been an instructor for the American College’s HS331 Planning for Business Owners & Professionals class.   


  • B.S. Business Administration/Finance University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designation
  • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation


  • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
  • Million Dollar Round Table
  • Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU)
  • Society of Financial Services Professionals
  • Chicago Association of Life Underwriters (CALU) Past President North Branch
  • National Eagle Scout Association- Life Member
  • Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce


  • National Quality Award
  • National Sales Achievement Award
  • Million Dollar Round Table – Life Member
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Associate of the Year


Learn More About Grant Gier

Northwestern Mutual Recognized Grant Gier with Forum Membership

Grant with John Schlifske

Betsy Gier, John Schlifske (Chairman & CEO, Northwestern Mutual), Kim Schlifske, Grant Gier

Northwestern Mutual has honored Barrington Business & Estate Planning Advisor, Grant Gier, with membership in its Forum Group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security. Gier has received the Forum honor, an annual award that only 5 percent of Northwestern Mutual's more than 7,000 financial representatives achieve, 12 times.

National Practice

Grant Gier Teaching

In addition to working with his clients, Grant also serves as a resource nationally for other financial representatives working jointly with their clients addressing estate, business and executive benefit planning. During his career, Grant has spoken at several industry meetings on estate and business planning topics. He has served on numerous occasions as a faculty member for the Advanced Business Planning School of Northwestern Mutual. He has also served as an instructor for the American College's HS331 Planning for Business Owners & Professionals class.

Government Relations Delegate

Grant Gier in Washington DC

Grant serves as a Government Relations Delegate for the Goris network office. In this role, he meets regularly with elected officials in Washington DC on behalf of Northwestern Mutual, his clients, his community and himself as a constituent to advocate for the life insurance industry. Through his political outreach, Grant is able to discuss the important role our industry plays in helping people achieve financial security.

Grant D Gier, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®

Business & Estate Planning Specialist


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