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Stephen R. Todd, CFBS

Professional Designations: CFBS

CA Insurance License #0D36195 

State of Domicile: IL

A Message from Stephen R. Todd, CFBS

Stephen R. Todd, CFBS (Certified Family Business Specialist) has been working in the insurance and financial services industry since 1982. He graduated from Stetson University in 1982 with a degree in finance.

Stephen’s record of accomplishments is a testimony to his philosophy:

  • 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Five Star Wealth Manager Award*.  The Top 3% of Wealth Manager in Chicago are recognized with the Five Star Wealth Manager Award.
  • Million Dollar Round Table member every year since 1988. Court of the Table every year since 1997.
  • Recipient of MDRT Top of the Table member every year since 2005.
  • Recipient of the National Quality Award every year since 1985 from NAIFA.
  • Recipient of the National Sales Achievement Award every year since 1988 from NAIFA.
  • Recipient of the elite ELIF Award 2006 (Exceptional Level of In Force Business) from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).
  • Member of the NALU and the Society of Financial Services Professionals.
  • Certified Family Business Specialist

Steve currently resides in Crystal Lake with his wife and four children.



* The FIVE STAR Wealth Manager Award is granted by Five Star Professional, an independent marketing firm. This award is not indicative of future performance and is based on nominations by industry professionals in a given market area and objective criteria including favorable regulatory and complaint history, reviews conducted by the firm, retention rates, and client assets.

Mitchell Todd


Mitchell recently joined the team.  He graduated from Drake University, with a degree in finance, in May of 2019.  Joining the Todd Group had always been Mitchell’s plan, and he is very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with our clients. When Mitchell is not assisting clients, he enjoys many outdoor activities.  Fishing is one of his major passions, especially when it comes to shark fishing.  If you need a fishing buddy, Mitchell is your man as well. Mitchell also enjoys spending free time with family and visiting friends. 

Mary Fox

For over 20 years, Mary has been servicing our existing policies and group benefits. For any questions or changes regarding policies, please contact Mary. She holds Life and Health Insurance licenses, an Associate degree in Customer Service and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, caring for her two cats, and live theatre.

Dawn Slanker

Dawn came to the Todd Group in the midst of this pandemic in April 2020 with more than 30 years of individual and group employee benefits administration, insurance service operations as well as COBRA administration experience with mid-to-large sized companies.  She handles the life, disability and long-term care new business and customer service for Steve and Mitchell Todd’s clients.  

She makes her home in Carol Stream with her husband of 33 years, their two 11+ year old Great Danes and a 19 year old cat.  They have two grown children who live in the area, as well, and are lucky enough to be able to see them on a regular basis.  She and her husband are Halloween enthusiasts and their Halloween yard display was recently featured on WGN and FOX32 morning shows, as well as in the Chicago Tribune.


Ryan Daniels


Ryan Daniels joined The Todd Group in July 2023 as the firm’s Paraplanner.

Ryan brings 10 years of experience as a Senior Sales Development Specialist for a major life insurance company. He is a graduate of Waubonsee Community College and Dekalb High School in Illinois. His strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and dedication to delivering precise financial analysis and support are key to helping The Todd Group’s clients.


Ryan was recognized in prior roles for his outstanding performance. He received the Customer Service Hero Award, awarded when the level of support and service greatly exceeds the norm. He also was given the iCubed award, for employees who identify, improve, and implement processes which often times results in significant cost savings and efficiencies gained for the company.


In his spare time, you can find Ryan fishing, hiking, camping, swimming, riding motorcycles, or anything that can be enjoyed outdoors.


Victoria Lange

Client Services Specialist/New Business Specialist

Victoria Lange, better known as Tori, joined The Todd Group as a Client Services Specialist/New Business Specialist in August of 2023.


She is a graduate of Western Iowa Tech and Martin County West High School in Minnesota. Tori brings her prior experience as a legal secretary/paralegal at various law firms. She is extremely well organized, timely, detailed oriented, resourceful, and genuine.


Tori is proud to know that her role at the firm is helping people meet their goals and knowing that those goals have a great impact in their lives.


In her spare time, she volunteers with Glory Bound Rescue Ranch, a nonprofit animal shelter located near Marengo. She has also been involved with AmeriCorps and 4-H. Tori enjoys finding public events around the community or exploring parks and nature preserves.