For more than 25 years, James L. Flanagan has been assisting senior investors. Over that time, he has become a nationally recognized expert on financial issues that affect seniors. After 15 Years in the financial services field, in 2001 Jim applied his knowledge of risk managment, financial planning and business succession planning in forming Bentron Financial Group, Inc.

Bentron specializes in comprehensive, fee-based planning for corporate executives, business owners and retirees. Jim’s experience, knowledge and integrity have attracted numerous longtime clients whom he empowers with regular seminars, market updates and other customized insights

Jim is also an accomplished financial journalist and author. For two years, Jim wrote “Just Ask Jim,” a financial advice coloumn in Chicagoland Senior News. In addition to publishing other articles on financial, estate and business planning matters, Jim is the author of “Packing for Retirement: A Comprehensive Guide for People, 50-70, Planning for Retirement.” The book’s scheduled publication is Fall 2016.

Jim helped organize and serves as unite leader for the Tripcom Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer organization in and around his hometown of River Forest that was formed to meet the health needs of the public in the event of a significant emergency, disaster or epidemic.

In 2007, Jim earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business with a concentration in Finance. He serves as adjunct professor at Triton College in River Grove, Ill., where he authored and teaches the retirement planning curriculum.

The father of three, Jim is a strong proponent of community service, particularly on behalf of senior citizens. In 2005 he joined the Oak Park/River Forest Township Senior Services Committee, for which he has served as chairman since 2008. In 2010, Jim founded the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving older adults in Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest.