Mark S. La Spisa, CFP®, CRPS®, CFS, AIF®
Vermillion Financial Advisors

Tel: 847-382-9999
16 Executive Court,Suite 3
Barrington, IL 60010
Vermillion Financial Advisors | Financial Advisor in Barrington ,IL

About Vermillion Financial Advisors

Vermillion Financial Advisors has been providing investment management, personal financial planning, and business consulting services since 1988. We specialize in serving individuals over the age of 50, who wish to be proactive in addressing their personal finances. These individuals are often interested in planning for a secure retirement and confirming they have sufficient funds to last throughout retirement. They also want to engage the services of a professional to assist the family when a loved one passes or becomes incapacitated. Clients generally seek Vermillion Financial Adavisors' advice as the result of many common changes in life but most often as of a monetary windfall (e.g. an inheritance, sale of a family business, severance package or retirement buyout), an unexpected life event (e.g. death or change in health status of a loved one). Often it is simply because time is too limited for busy clients to properly address their financial planning needs or because personal finances have become too complex. Business owners often seek VFA advice to evaluate current employee benefits, strategic planning, or business succession.

General Information

Firm Start Year:   1988
No.of Employees:   10-19
Gender:   Male
Number of Years with Current Firm:   32
Work Experience:   Since 1988, Mark has owner Vermillion Financial Advisors. He serves as President and Managing Advisor of the the firm.
I work with the following types of clients:   Non-Profit Organizations, Individual Investors, Businesses
Foreign Languages Serviced:   English
Advisory Services Provided:   Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, 401K Rollovers, Wealth Management, Risk Management, Education Funding and Planning, Financial Advice & Consulting, Financial Planning for Individuals, Financial Planning for Businesses, Investment Advice & Management, Tax Advice and Services, Estate Planning & Trusts, Retirement Planning


Investment Types:   Options & Futures, Commodities, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Mortgages & Real Estate, Insurance, Bonds, Stocks, Mutual Funds
I can meet clients in the following ways:   Video Conference, Via Email, Via Phone, At my office


Registered Investment Advisor:   Yes
Investment Advisor Representative:   Yes
I am an acknowledged fiduciary:   Yes
Compliance Disclosures in Last 5 years:   I have a clean record
Criminal Disclosures in Last 5 years:   I have a clean record

Compensation and Fees

Fee Structure:   Fee-Based
Compensation Methods:   Flat Fee, Based on Assets, Hourly


  • Why should I choose you as my financial advisor? Mark is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), and Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS®).
  • If you are going to manage my account, will you obtain my permission every time you buy or sell something? Mark and all the certified Financial Planners (CFP®) work directly with you. Our advisors have a team of people who support their efforts so that we can provide you with an exceptional level of service. As a result, you will interact with several members of our staff at the direction of Mark or your advisor.
  • How many clients do you currently manage? Vermillion Financial Advisors is a fee for service company. We are not commissioned based. We do not accept any soft dollars. We are transparent with our fees so that as client you understand fully the fees you will pay based on the services you have chosen.
  • Will you be the only person working with me? At Vermillion Financial Advisors we take pride in educating our clients so that you have a complete understanding as to why your advisor is making their recommendations. With this information, you then have the choice to agree with the recommendation or not. By educating you and having you involved in the decision making process helps to strengthen your relationship and build your level of trust with your advisor.
  • What services do you provide? What are your specialties? At Vermillion Financial Advisors we offer comprehensive financial planning and investment advisory services. These services fall into 7 disciplines including: with our planning services including Retirement, Investment, Estate,Tax, Insurance, Major Purchase/Event, and Cash Flow Management. Seven key areas that impact your overall financial well-being.
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Mark S. La Spisa

Mark S. La Spisa


In 1988, Mark co-founded Vermillion Financial Advisors, Inc. (VFA). His vision for VFA was to fill a niche providing individuals and business owners with true comprehensive financial planning to support objective investment advice, and business planning services. Currently, Mark specializes in assisting high net worth clients in excess of $1,000,000, who are over 50 years of age with Comprehensive Personal Financial Planning and investment advisory services. These services include designing solutions for providing financial security to last throughout retirement, to make sure clients are only paying their fair share of taxes, family members are provided for should an incapacitation (or death) occur and selection of risk appropriate investments. In addition to his client's responsibilities, Mark wears many hats as the company's President and Managing Advisor. Mark is not only involved in the day-to-day direction of the marketing, financial consulting and operations functions of VFA, he also serves as an accomplished public speaker and conducts seminars on an array of financial topics ranging from investment portfolio design, successful retirement transition planning, wealth transfer, and tax reduction strategies. Mark is a member of, and has served on, many boards of directors and committees for various charitable organizations as well as organizations related to the future of the financial planning profession. Because of his background, expertise and position within the financial planning community, Mark has become a favorite resource of many media outlets. He has been involved, or featured, in numerous articles, radio broadcasts, television shows, and on-line websites. Some of the more recognized media outlets include CBS' "60 minutes", the Daily Herald, the Chicago Tribune's "Ask an Expert", the Chicago Sun Times, USA Today, Forbes, CNBC, Financial Planning Digest, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, and Bloomberg Wealth Manager, to mention just a few. (View all media recognition) Mark's experience in financial planning has earned him numerous awards and recognition within the financial planning profession. Over his career he has obtained many professional designations and licenses, including a number of FINRA Stockbroker and General Securities Principal licenses, an insurance license, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), and Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS®). In 2009, with Mark's leadership, Vermillion Financial Advisors decided to change platforms and become a "fee for service" advisory firm, affording our clients a more extensive and less restrictive menu of financial planning services, a wider array of financial and investment products. Mark makes his home in Palatine with his wife Laura and four sons, John, Joseph, Christopher and Stephen. Mark's hobbies include running (having completed seven marathons), golf, cycling, hiking, and traveling to experience new places with his family.

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My Services

Financial Planning for Businesses

Vermillion Financial Advisors (VFA) works with business owners offering Strategic Planning services and Employee Benefits. VFA prides itself on consulting with business owners, particularly in the are of employer sponsored retirement plans. From payroll deducted IRAs to Simple IRAs, 401(k)s to pension plans, VFA has the expertise to determine the right type of plan to meet your business needs. Whether it involves creating a new retirement plan or redesigning an existing retirement plan, VFA works with you to identify the features needed to optimize your plan and meet its stated goals. Through our maintenance program your advisor actively monitors your plan to ensure that you are meeting your fiduciary responsibilities.

Financial Advice & Consulting

Since 1988, Vermillion Financial Advisors (VFA) has been committed to providing both personal and business owners financial planning services for people who sincerely desire to improve their finances. As financial planning and investment services become increasingly complex, we can offer you sound advice to help you find the critical solutions you need for the financial issues you face. We will always take into account all aspects of your finances, including risk, taxes, personal values and current position in life, as we strive to help you achieve your long-term goals. VFA prides itself on providing trusted financial planning and investment services and consultation to high net worth individuals through objective analytical research and consistent investment processes, which we continuously improve and expand.

Financial Planning for Individuals

At Vermillion Financial Advisors (VFA), we look at Financial Planning as an ongoing process to proactively address financial issues both large and small that fall within one of the seven major categories of personal finances: Portfolio Analysis/Management - Are your investments appropriate for your stage in life? Is your level of risk greater than your investment returns? (Investment Planning). Retirement Income/Forecasting - Ensuring you have retirement assets that will last throughout your retirement (Retirement Planning). Estate Planning - Ensuring your family members are taken care of financially in the event of incapacitation or death. Tax Forecasting/Reduction Strategies - Ensuring your taxes are organized in the most tax efficient manner so that you only pay your fair share of taxes (Tax Planning). Risk Management - Making sure you have appropriate insurance coverage to ease the financial burden in the event of a disaster (Insurance Planning). Budgeting - Understanding where your money is spent and determining if these expenditures reflect your values so that you can achieve your financial goals (Cash Flow). Planning for Major Events/Purchases - Major purchases (buying a home) or paying for college need to be planned to understand the impact they will have on your overall financial picture (Major Purchases/Event Planning). All potential solutions and decisions are filtered through the knowledge of your current overall financial picture and long-term goals. Financial Planning helps you make non-emotional but sensible decisions about money that are founded in facts and based on your entire and complete financial picture.

My Team

Jim Stein Jim Stein

Jim has been with Vermillion Financial Advisors (VFA) since 2014. He is responsible for sharing the Vermillion story with individuals and business owners who sincerely desire to improve their personal finances. In addition to business development Jim also handles the firms sales and marketing, and the summer intern program. Jim works closely with Mark La Spisa serving as an additional contact person at VFA. As part of our process, Jim will contact you initially to learn more about you and you ...more

Office Hours

wiseradvisor-balck-li-img Mon. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
wiseradvisor-balck-li-img Tue. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
wiseradvisor-balck-li-img Wed. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
wiseradvisor-balck-li-img Thu. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
wiseradvisor-balck-li-img Fri. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Communities Served

Vermillion Financial Advisors is located with in South Barrington IL. Neighborhoods served include: Barrington
Barrington Hills
South Barrington Arlington Heights
Buffalo Grove Cary
Crystal Lake Hoffman Estates
Elgin Palatine
Schaumburg and all of the northwest suburbs. In addition Vermillion Financial Advisors also utilizes video conferencing and other web-based technologies enabling our clients to meet with their advisor to discuss their finances as if they were face-to-face. No matter if you are close to our office or states away
VFA affords you the option to choose the method of communication that best benefits your needs giving you peace of mind knowing your advisor is available to you.

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