Our Team

Mark E. Friese

CMFC - President

Mark entered the financial services business in 1991 with Northwestern Mutual while attending Michigan State University as a college agent intern and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Administration.  He moved back to the Chicago area in September 1993 and started working at Richard E. Friese Financial Consulting Service, Inc., where he benefited greatly from his father's long time experience in the Life Insurance industry. Mark has his certification from the College of Financial Planning and is a NFLPA Registered Financial Advisor. He is a member of numerous networking groups and organizations, including Million Dollar Round Table and has been the recipient of many industry awards throughout the years. Mark is very focused on helping clients reach their financial goals by providing personalized, knowledgeable advice in many insurance and investment products. Mark and his wife Heather currently live in Libertyville, IL and have three wonderful children, Hayden, Hunter and Hollis.  His current hobbies include water skiing, golf, bird hunting, fishing, hiking and snowshoeing.

Margaret Kissee

Vice President - Operations

Margaret is Vice President of Operations. She is a veteran in the field with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is an advocate for many community service programs along with her husband, Mark, and their two trained therapy Labradoodles, Maggie and Mollie by their side. 

Carol Peepo

Administrative Assistant

Carol Peepo is our part-time administrative assistant. She has been a vital member of our team in the extensive conversion of all files to a completely digital format and is organized and efficient in the daily processes of our office. Carol has also recently taken on the role as social media and website administrator.  Carol is married with two kids, and in her free time enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening.

Richard E. Friese


Fifty years or half a century any way you look at it, it is a long time. On August 15, 1966 I embarked on a profession that would span all of those years. I was given a great start to a life-long business through selling life insurance and then investments to a loyal group of people. Many of my first clients are still with us today. Thanks to all of you for allowing us to become great friends and grow with your families, now in some cases, two and three generations.

My business came full circle when my oldest son Mark joined me in September 1993. As a father I cant think of anything that has been more fulfilling than the opportunity to work side by side with my son while being of help and service to people.

As we enter the next 50 years, thank you again for friendship, loyalty, and the privilege to work for all of you!