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Visionary Wealth Advisors to break ground on office building in O’Fallon

visionaryLeft: An artist’s rendering of the new building.

From Illinois Business Journal news services

O’FALLON – Visionary Wealth Advisors, a wealth management firm founded in Edwardsville just over a year ago, is breaking ground on a 65,000-square-foot office building on May 5 at 1405 Green Mount Road in O’Fallon.

The building will have five floors, and most of the fifth floor will become Visionary Wealth Advisors’ O’Fallon office. The rest of the fifth floor will become a meeting and entertainment venue that can seat 55 for dinner, and accommodate 100 guests outdoors.

The outdoor area promises a view that could include fireworks at night and the Arch on a clear day. It will be the only penthouse-style venue in O’Fallon.

“We wanted to build something for the community that would be different,” explained Visionary founder Brett Gilliland. “This is a place where people can entertain clients, or have a wedding reception, and enjoy a unique venue right here in O’Fallon.”

Plans for the first floor of the building are for a restaurant, a bank, and possibly medical practices. The second floor will have office space for lease. The third and fourth floors will become the new home of Kurowski & Shultz, LLC, an area law firm.

Gilliland, a longtime resident of O’Fallon, said he had his eye on this property for 14 years.

“I always thought it was a great opportunity. My wife and I have a passion for giving back to our community and we wanted to add to the landscape of O’Fallon.”

Gilliland believes that his investment into a professional office building on this property will attract similar structures and developments in the future.

The site is just north and within view of Interstate 64.

O’Fallon Mayor Gary Graham said he believes the new building will attract more professionals to the area and other new businesses and jobs.

The O’Fallon professional building will be Visionary’s fourth location since its founding in March 2014, and its first facility to be built from the ground up. The other offices are in Brentwood, Mo., and Miami, Fla., with its headquarters in Edwardsville.

The expansion of offices has been to accommodate the rapid growth of the company, and to make it more convenient for clients and advisors to meet each other. Many of Visionary’s advisors in the St. Louis area have clients on both sides of the river, and are able to meet with them closest to where they live or work.

Six to seven advisors from the Edwardsville office will relocate to the O’Fallon office when the facility opens in June 2016.

Visionary currently has 27 advisors and $320 million in assets. Three new hires are planned within the next 60 days. The O’Fallon office is designed to accommodate the firm’s future growth in the O’Fallon, Mascoutah and Lebanon areas.

“Our growth has tripled what we anticipated when we first opened our doors,” said Gilliland. “We’ve been blessed.”

The new facility will be jointly owned by Brett Gilliland and Scott Plocher, owner of Plocher Construction in Highland, IL. Plocher Construction did the finish on Visionary’s headquarters in Edwardsville. “Plocher has been doing this for a long time and they’re committed to community involvement,” Gilliland said. “I’ve never seen people in the construction business deliver like they deliver.”

Visionary Wealth Advisors is an independent Registered Investment Advisor, founded in March 2014 by Brett Gilliland and Tim Hammett. Visionary Wealth Advisors provides a visionary approach to all aspects of financial planning and wealth management including retirement, college and estate planning, life, disability and long term care insurance and small business retirement plans.

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