Brent Shunk, CFP®, CLU®, CLTC®
Wealth Management Advisor

Shunk Financial Group

My Team

As a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual, I am committed to helping my clients, whether they are concerned for their own financial needs or those of their family or business. I don't do it alone. With the support of a dedicated staff, we stand committed to providing you the best client service possible. If you have a problem or need assistance at any time, please let us know.

Chad W. Lahnum

Chad W. Lahnum, RICP®

Director of Planning Services
Office 217-351-9000

After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Chad immediately obtained his Health and Life License and began working as a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual.  After becoming investment licensed, Chad transitioned into the role of Investment Specialist in 2007. In this position, Chad consulted with many of the Representatives in his office, helping them create financial solutions for their clients. Currently, as Director of Advance Financial Planning for Brent Shunk, Chad aids Brent in the delivering of financial products and services to his clients on a daily basis.

Chad enjoys cooking, biking and playing guitar. Chad and his wife, Stephanie, live in Springfield with their three children, Avery, Chase, and Ellie.

Matthew Snodgrass

Matthew Snodgrass, CFP®, CLU®, CAP®

Director of Wealth Management Services
Office 217-718-4455

A native of Chapin, Illinois, Matthew joined Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative Intern in 2009, while a senior at Truman State University. He became a full-time Financial Representative upon graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance in 2010. After two years working as the Director of Major and Planned Giving at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, he joined Brent Shunk's team in 2014 as the Director of Investment Operations, working with clients to implement the investment solutions in their financial plans. 

Matt enjoys reading, traveling, and backpacking. He lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Allie, and their daughter, Isla.

Christopher M Lawson

Christopher M Lawson

Associate Financial Representative
Office 317-819-2617

After graduating from Lincoln Christian University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Chris worked at Country Financial for two and a half years as a Claims Associate. Chris joined Brent Shunk's team in February of 2015. As an Associate Financial Representative, Chris assists clients in implementing their insurance needs inside their financial plans and provides the best client service possible. Chris works remotely from our Northwestern Mutual office in Indianapolis.

Chris enjoys spending time with his family, watching college basketball, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals. Chris and his wife, Sarah, live in Indianapolis and have one son, Brooks.

Austin D Shunk

Austin D Shunk

Associate Financial Representative
Mobile 217-720-1550

During Austin's years at Wheaton College, he soared in Northwestern Mutual's College Intern Program, and was excited at the opportunity to turn the internship into a full-time representative position. With years of industry experience, Austin has decided to team with his dad, Brent, to help service more clients. We are confident the joining of forces, along with the other members of our team, will enhance the service and output that comes from Shunk Financial Group.

Austin enjoys biking, swimming and traveling. Austin and his wife, Kayla, live in Springfield with their two children, Landon and Lyla, and are expecting their third child in August.

Drew Snodgrass

Drew Snodgrass

Associate Financial Representative
Office 217-793-3900

After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2007, Drew enjoyed an 11-year teaching career in Mississippi, Washington, DC, and St. Louis. He joined Shunk Financial Group in September of 2019. As an associate financial representative, Drew works with the team to ensure clients receive the best possible implementation of their financial plans.

Drew enjoys cooking, reading, and backpacking. Drew and his wife, Maria, live in Jacksonville with their daughter, Lily, and son, Elliot.

Kaitlyn Noland

Kaitlyn Noland, M.S., CLF®

Director of Marketing
Office 217-793-3900

Since graduating with her Master's in Communication from Ilinois State University, Katie joined the team as Director of Marketing and Associate Financial Representative. With a backround in non-profit marketing, public relations and design, Katie was excited for a change of pace working in the financial industry. As Director of Marketing, Katie ensures tasks are completed, cases are closing and the team is prepared in every aspect. She is also the first member you will speak to if calling the Shunk Office.

Katie enjoys reading, decorating, traveling and spending time with family, friends and her German Shephard, Coda. Katie currently resides in Waverly, IL with her fiance, Lenny, with a wedding date May 2020.


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