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Bill Smith

William "Bill" Smith, RFC

President of W.A. Smith Financial Group and the Chief Advisor of Great Lakes Retirement, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

Retirement expert, William A. Smith, is the President of W.A. Smith Financial Group and the Chief Advisor of Great Lakes Retirement, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. He specializes in the fields of retirement income, wealth preservation, and estate planning. He has helped hundreds of individuals retire successfully using principals he established in his proprietary planning process, the Financial G.P.S. (Guided.Planning.System).  Bill works strictly with retirees who have over $250,000 in investable assets.

Bill graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Business Management. He is a Registered Financial Consultant with the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.   He is a licensed insurance professional and holds a Series 66.  Bill is a Investment Advisor Representative of Great Lakes Retirement, a Registered Investment Advisor.  He has been in the industry since 1995, and opened his own independent practice in 2001.

Bill is constantly sought after by the local and national media.  On a national level, he has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Smart Money Magazine, Yahoo!Finance, AOL Finance,,, and on CBS Channel 19.  Locally, Bill is regularly featured on ABC Channel 5 in Cleveland, and CBS Channel 11 in Toledo as well as the Sandusky Register, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Morning Journal.

Bill hosts the television show, Retirement Solutions where he addresses top concerns for retirees and their investments on Cleveland's ABC NewsChannel 5.  The show airs on Sundays at 12:00pm.  Bill also hosts the radio show, Retirement Solutions, which airs on WTAM 1100 on Sundays at 7 am.  He is the author of Knock-Out Your Retirement Income Worries FOREVER: The Ultimate Training Guide for Developing Financial Security.

Bill and his wife Erica have been married since 1995 and have three children, daughter Hallee, and sons Blake and Cameron. The five of them enjoy spending time together as a family, boating on Lake Erie, and supporting each other at numerous sporting events.

Knock Out Your Retirement Income Worries

Knock Out Your Retirement
Income Worries

The Ultimate Training Guide Book for
Developing Financial Security by Bill Smith

Traditional retirement income plans that rely on Social Security, a pension and your personal savings have been destroyed by our greedy politicians and Wall Street. What are you to do in the new age of retirement? Can you rely on traditional retirement planning methods, or is it time to develop an alternative plan for the new economy? On the pages within are the answers you are searching for.