Blair Anderson is CEO and Partner at Hightower Great Lakes. He brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the team, and focuses on developing comprehensive, goals-based wealth management strategies for clients.
Prior to joining Hightower in 2009 to provide his clients with an unobstructed view of their financial landscapes, Blair was a Senior Vice President and served on the President’s Council at PaineWebber (now UBS Financial Services). Previously, he spent six years at Prudential Securities, where he received the Career Builder Award. Blair began his career by trading commodities through Lind-Waldock. With a desire to serve his country, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Airborne Rangers. After completing a successful tour and assisting in the capture of General Noriega in Panama, Blair returned to Oak Brook, IL to continue his career in the financial industry.
Blair was honored on Forbes’ 2021 list of the Best-In-State Wealth Advisors where he ranked #181th. The annual list spotlights the top advisors in all 50 states, and this year’s includes more than 5,000 wealth managers from around the country, managing $6 trillion in client assets. Blair was also honored as one of Barron’s “Top 1,000 Advisors” ranking 17th in 2009.* He holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation, which demonstrates knowledge and competency in the area of fiduciary excellence.
Blair is active in community affairs. For five years, he served as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the Leelanau Outdoor Center. He also served as President on the Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan for five years. Blair was a member on the Board of Character GPS, an organization with a primary goal to help children build character qualities and discover their goals and values. In 2016 and 2017, Blair spent time fundraising for The Simunye Project, an organization with a goal to help improve the lives of underprivileged communities in South Africa. Blair and his family spent three weeks volunteering in South Africa for this initiative.
* Per Barron’s: “The rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 of the nation's most productive advisors. Factors included in the rankings: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. Investment performance isn't an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients' risk tolerance than by an advisor's investment-picking abilities.”