Some investment firms build a business model centered on bringing in more clients. While we appreciate every client who does business with us, we focus our attention on providing superior service. Putting clients first and working to eliminate conflicts of interest serve all parties involved.
One of the ways we try to eliminate conflicts of interest is to ensure there is a strong separation between the professionals who handle sales and those who provide a service. This also allows our employees to take on roles that tie in with their key strengths, so they can serve you better. Finally, we hold our employees accountable to the highest ethical standards in the industry.
We believe the key to success is to welcome employees from various backgrounds who then bring several different perspectives to the table. By offering a diverse team of workers, we are also in a much better position to serve a diverse group of clients who also come from varying backgrounds and have different needs.
As an investment firm, we believe it’s important to identify assets in life. For us, our greatest assets are our employees and we invest heavily in their continued growth. We use a merit system for hiring and promoting and provide equal opportunities to everyone who wants to take their careers to the next level. Our culture is truly the engine that powers our success.
President & Founder
Duane is the President and Founder of Bāzis Private Wealth, LLC. As the Chief Investment Officer, Duane’s responsibility is to oversee all portfolio management for the firm.
Duane started his career in the investment industry working with several well-respected Wall Street Investment firms. While having almost 40 years of industry experience in serving clients in a wide range of market environments, administrations, and economies, Duane is able to apply his real life experience and perspective to the diverse portfolios at the firm. Duane specializes in coordinating all of his client’s wealth planning needs. He has developed strategic relationships with professionals in estate planning, accounting, trust departments, insurance, and lending to guide his clients to an easy to follow wealth planning experienced.
Duane has a Bachelor's degree, Psychology/Finance from Creighton University. Duane holds a certificate from Yale School of Management in Private Wealth Management Theory and Practice.
Duane holds the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) designation.
Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) is an advanced professional certification for advisors who serve high-net-worth investors. It’s designed for seasoned professionals who seek the latest, most advanced knowledge and techniques to address the sophisticated needs of clients, especially those with a minimum net worth of $5 million.
The CPWA curriculum gives advisors the information and skills they need to make a difference and confidently advise clients in this demanding segment. The CPWA program takes a holistic and multidisciplinary approach that includes a deep dive into sophisticated wealth strategies, estate planning, wealth transfer, behavioral finance, family dynamics, tax management and legacy planning.
Duane has hands on experience in many investment vehicles and planning strategies including but not limited to; portfolio management, retirement planning, exchange funds, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance, annuities, options, futures, lending, municipal bonds, trust service, hedge funds, charitable giving strategies, 401k, pension management, lump sum distributions, business planning strategies, 403b, 529, and other educational plans, tax planning, IRA, equity collars, stock option exercise, international money managers, leasing, and investment policy statements.
Duane enjoys the outdoors, sports, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Duane also dedicates his time to several charitable and social organizations. Duane is one of the founding members of the Entrepreneurs Organization in Omaha, a former board member and Treasurer of West Shores HOA, former SID board member, member of the Advanced Giving Committee of a charity, and is a consultant for several additional charities. Duane and his wife have been married for over forty years and have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Mary is the Operations Manager of Bāzis Private Wealth, LLC. Mary has over 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. Mary’s job responsibilities include working closely with all of the clients at Bāzis Private Wealth. In addition, Mary is involved in all office operations and service related inquiries.
In her free time, Mary enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with family and friends. Mary also dedicates her time to several charitable and social organizations. Mary lives in Omaha with her husband of over forty years and has three adult children and two grandchildren.
Senior Vice President
Rich is the Senior Vice President of Bāzis Private Wealth, LLC. In his role, Rich is responsible for all service and support functions on behalf of the clients at Bāzis Private Wealth. Rich has been a part of Bāzis Private Wealth, LLC since 2014. Prior to the joining the firm, Rich spent over 25 years in the tech industry. During his time in the tech industry, Rich served four years in the United States Air Force as a Titan II Missile Electronics Equipment Specialist.
Rich holds the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) designation.
The CPWA curriculum gives advisors the information and skills they need to make a difference and confidently advise clients in this demanding segment. The CPWA program takes a holistic and multidisciplinary approach that includes a deep dive into sophisticated wealth strategies, estate planning, wealth transfer, behavioral finance, family dynamics, tax management, and legacy planning.
Rich and his wife have four children, and four grandchildren. Together Rich and his wife enjoy gardening, fishing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.