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One Big Day for One Small Company in Illinois!


Over their morning coffee on May 11, 2022, the team at Fairhaven Wealth Management learned they had been identified by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 475 employers in the nation: Fairhaven was the only wealth management firm to be recognized in their home state of Illinois.

Later that day at a luncheon for the Daily Herald’s ”Best Places to Work in Illinois,” Fairhaven was named the Top 3 small company employer in the Land of Lincoln. That’s among all small company employers, not just wealth management firms.

That would be a full day for corporate behemoths like Apple, Nike or Google (unfortunately, none of those companies made either list). It was a huge day for Fairhaven!

The Inc. honorees were selected after collecting data from thousands of submissions. Those that rose to the top best represented dedication to "redefining and enriching the workplace in the face of the pandemic," according to Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. Each nominated company took part in an employee survey conducted by Quantum Workplace. Companies were evaluated across a wide range of criteria including management effectiveness, perks, fostering employee growth, and overall company culture.

“Our humblly titled company introduction video, “The Best Intro to Wealth Management Video … Ever Created,” showcases our culture: Far more powerful, however, are the words of our team,” said Marc Horner, Fairhaven Founder. Some of the anonymous employee reviews collected by the Inc. Best Workplaces included:

  • “From Day One I felt welcomed! I had a tragedy in my family and the company and employees not only supported me, I was treated like family. I look forward to coming to work every day!”

  • “Management is approachable, empathetic, decisive and creates a consistent vision while listening to and often incorporating feedback from each employee.”

  • “Fairhaven is a place where I feel valued and respected and where my contributions count every single day – very rewarding!”

The "Best Places to Work in Illinois" is a workplace analysis and competition established with the purpose of identifying the top places of employment in Illinois. The statewide competition is conducted by the Daily Herald Business Ledger and Best Companies Group and sponsored by HR Source Chicago.

“Receiving either of these honors would have made for a fantastic day! Receiving them both on the same day feels like back-to-back holes in one!”, exclaimed Marc. “Financial planning is essentially a ‘helping people hit their goals’ business. When I left the Big Firm world to start Fairhaven, my primary goal was to create a better experience. We are hitting that goal when our team and our clients describe our firm with words like “Flexible, Focused, Family and Fun.” While that is remarkably rewarding, I am confident the best is yet to come.”

About Fairhaven Wealth Management Fairhaven is an independent, privately owned investment and wealth management firm. Our values are summed up in the Fairhaven Way /fair•haven/: 1. Listen more than we speak 2. Provide unbiased financial advice 3. Tailor strategies to client goals 4. Deliver prudent investment management 5. Focus on tax efficiency 6. Remain disciplined in a world of uncertainty 7. Communicate candidly & consistently. To learn more, visit

About Inc. Media The world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

About Quantum Workplace Quantum Workplace, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee-engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit

Marc Horner

Fairhaven Wealth Management

Founder & Wealth Advisor

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