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David Hubbard

David Hubbard

CEO & Wealth Advisor

As CEO & Founder of Exemplar Financial Network, David Hubbard’s leadership stems from his core principals of community, integrity, responsibility and loyalty. Following graduation from high school, Dave attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years and then attended Northern Illinois University. Dave entered into the financial services business in 1980, following the footsteps of his father, Bill Hubbard, selling insurance. However, Dave quickly discovered his clients needed a more comprehensive advisor that would assist them through every aspect of their financial lives to pursue their dreams for the future.  After listening to the people that relied on Dave for financial advice, he began what is over 30 years later, a thriving financial planning practice. Exemplar Financial Network has helped clients attain professional financial advice, with offices in Crystal Lake, Westmont, and Walworth, Wisconsin.

Dave has assisted hundreds of financial advisors to establish and grow their practices. Additionally, he has worked with numerous banks, accounting firms and insurance agencies to successfully provide financial planning and investment advisory services to their clients.  

While a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), Dave completed numerous courses with the American College and the College for Financial Planning in regard to financial planning.  He is co-founder and President of the CPE Club, an organization licensed by the State of Illinois to provide continuing education for Certified Public Accountants. He has also hosted a weekly radio show entitled “Money Talks” and has co-authored a financial planning column for the Northwest Herald newspaper.

Serving the community is also extremely important to Dave. Over the years he has devoted much of his time toward various organizations including the Jaycees, Rotary, Church and the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. He served for 20 years as an elected member of the District #47 School Board and for 4 years on the Board of Trustees for Eureka College.  He is a founding member and Past President of Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association’s (NISRA) Foundation, which provides leisure services to residents with disabilities. In 2004, Dave co-founded Leadership Greater McHenry County and served on its board for several years. Presently, he is a board member of the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation.

A lifelong resident of Crystal Lake, Dave is the father of six children and grandfather to many. While his children were growing up, he was very involved with their activities and served in leadership positions for their sports, scouting and YMCA Indian Princess and Guides programs.  Dave is a student of history and when he is not working hard for his clients and representatives or working on building a stronger community you will find him enjoying a great history book or relishing the company of his large, loving family.


Getting to know Dave:

Favorite Book:   An avid reader, it is hard to pick just one, but Dave hopes all of his kids read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Favorite Movie:  Any classic movie with actors like Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando or Gregory Peck

Dave’s best piece of advice:  Helping others and giving back to the community is the most important thing you can do with your life.  It’s like paying rent back to society for all of the benefits you derive in your own life.

Dave’s favorite things to do:  Anything outdoors – boating, fishing, hiking, snow skiing

Where Dave would love to travel:  Dave is an admirer of places with historical significance and no matter where he travels, he enjoys seeing the landmarks that portray the events and culture of the area.