Tim Creath is an investment advisor representative of Gradient Advisors, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor. Tim Creath serves Schaumburg, Illinois and the surrounding communities and provides financial planning and asset management. Our mission is to help provide the families and businesses we serve with innovative financial strategies and planning that can help in financial clarity, security and overall financial health. Making strong commitments to our clients and building lifelong relationships are tenets of success at Creath Financial Services.
Creath Financial Services provides investors custom-tailored investment strategies to meet their needs. Our goal at Creath Financial Services is to help our clients realize their financial dreams by offering creative strategies through an open and transparent process utilizing both financial and insurance* options to achieve financial independence. As a fiduciary, Tim Creath is legally obligated to put our clients’ interests first.
Timothy G Creath, CLU, ChFC
BS Marketing Illinois, Institute of Technology, 1971
MS Telecommunications Management, Naval Postgraduate School, 1983
Completed 20 years of service in the United States Navy on June 30 1991
Financial services industry designations, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
Investment services designations, Series 6, Series 63, and Series 65
Tim grew up about 30 miles southwest of St. Louis, Mo., between the suburbs and the farms. He moved to the big city to go to the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in fall of 1967 on a Navy ROTC scholarship. After graduation in 1971 he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and went to flight school in Pensacola, FL. After he finished flight training in 1972, he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO). During his 20 year career he was assigned to the “World Famous Hurricane Hunters” in Jacksonville, FL., served 2 tours of duty with anti-submarine warfare squadrons, went to graduate school, had 2 tours of duty as executive officer of shore commands, and was the director of the Navy’s school for training personnel to maintain and repair the survival equipment on all Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. He and his family lived in Florida, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Sicily, and New Jersey. He received the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal among his awards.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1991, he moved to Schaumburg, IL. and began his career in the financial services industry. He works with individuals and privately held businesses to assist them with their insurance* and investment needs. He establishes mutually beneficial long-term relationships with his clients which enables them to work together over the years. Tim is focusing on retirement planning and is furthering his education in the areas of social security and retirement income distribution.
He has made presentations on various insurance and investment subjects for the Addison Trails High School, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Elgin City Employees Credit Union, the First Baptist Church of Melrose Park, the Realtor Association of Northwest Chicagoland, and the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors.
Tim is an avid sports fan who closely follows the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Blues, the Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Bears. He has two grown children, Jennie and Nick, and a grown grandson, Tristan. He lives in Schaumburg with his wife Myra, a registered nurse.
*Insurance products and services are offered through Timothy Creath, independent agent.