A Culture of Inclusion and Integrity

Private, fiduciary, confidential, with disciplined investment strategies were our client’s interest are always first.

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.

Prioritizing Ethical Services

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.

Welcoming Diversity

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.

Investing in Employees

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.

Aaron Hilgemann CFA®

Assistant Portfolio Manager



Aaron serves as the Assistant Portfolio Manager at Bāzis Private Wealth, LLC. In close collaboration with the firm's founder, Duane Bazis, he meticulously manages day-to-day investment operations and develops sophisticated portfolio strategies tailored to meet our clients' unique financial goals.

As a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) Charterholder, Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to excellence that is at the heart of our firm's values. The CFA designation, globally recognized and administered by the CFA Institute, underscores his expertise in investment analysis, portfolio management, and adherence to the highest ethical standards in finance.

With a solid academic background in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a FINRA Series 65 license, Aaron's understanding of the financial landscape is both comprehensive and current.

Professionally, Aaron has garnered valuable experience in Advisor Services, addressing the intricate investment needs of Financial Advisors and their clients. His tenure in Private Wealth has further honed his ability to offer customized services to both institutional and private clients, with a focus on strategic asset allocation and rigorous investment research.

Aaron's formative years in the United States Marine Corps, where he achieved the rank of Corporal, instilled in him a strong sense of discipline and leadership that now translates into his role in the financial sector.

Residing in Omaha, Nebraska, Aaron balances his professional responsibilities with personal interests that include travel, music, fitness, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Duane Bāzis CPWA®

President & Founder


 Meet Duane Bazis, President and Founder of Bāzis Private Wealth, LLC

**Decades of Expertise**:
- **Benefit**: With over four decades of hands-on experience in investment management and having worked with renowned Wall Street firms, Duane Bazis has navigated various market environments and economic conditions. His extensive background helps to ensure adaptive and resilient portfolio management, leading to consistent, tangible after-tax results for clients, in our view.

**Comprehensive Wealth Planning**:
- **Benefit**: Duane collaborates closely with high-net-worth clients to address all aspects of their financial needs. By leveraging strategic alliances with estate planners, accountants, trust departments, insurance specialists, and lenders, he delivers a seamless and holistic wealth planning experience.

**Advanced Education and Credentials**:
- **Benefit**: Duane holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology/Finance from Creighton University and a certificate in Private Wealth Management Theory and Practice from Yale School of Management. As a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®), he possesses advanced expertise in sophisticated wealth strategies, estate planning, behavioral finance, tax management, and legacy planning, ensuring high-level guidance for clients.

**Personal Touch and Dedication**:
- **Benefit**: Beyond his professional achievements, Duane is an avid outdoors enthusiast, sports lover, and family man. His personal commitment to various charitable and social organizations, including founding the Entrepreneurs Organization in Omaha, highlights his dedication to giving back. Duane's personal values and strong family ties enrich his client relationships, fostering trust and confidence.

**Client-Centric Approach**:
- **Benefit**: Duane’s role involves overseeing portfolio management and the firm’s operations with a client-centric focus. His commitment to personalized service ensures that high-net-worth clients receive tailored financial solutions that align with their unique goals and aspirations.

Mary Bāzis

Operations Manager

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.

Rich McGinness CPWA®

Senior Vice President


Rich is the Senior Vice President of Bāzis Private Wealth, LLC, where he is responsible for all service and support functions for the firm's clients. He has been with Bāzis Private Wealth since 2014. Before joining the company, Rich had a successful career in the tech industry spanning over 25 years. Notably, he served for 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, which is an advanced professional certification for advisors who cater to high-net-worth investors. This designation signifies that Rich has acquired the latest knowledge and techniques required to address the complex needs of clients, particularly those with a minimum net worth of $5 million. The CPWA curriculum encompasses a comprehensive range of topics such as sophisticated wealth strategies, estate planning, wealth transfer, behavioral finance, family dynamics, tax management, and legacy planning.

Outside of his professional life, Rich and his wife have four children and four grandchildren. They enjoy engaging in activities like gardening, fishing, traveling, and spending quality time with their family and friends.