McDonald Named Managing Director of Busey Wealth Management in Peoria Market

Aron McDonald has been named Managing Director, leading Busey Wealth Management in the Peoria Market as of January 1, 2019.

McDonald’s Peoria team includes Private Client Manager Joe Cecil, Private Wealth Advisors Tony Allen, Jim Crowley, Laura Dunton and Mary Etrick and Wealth Advisor Assistants Kristina Duval and Deb Nelson. Rich Firebaugh, Director of Private Wealth Advisory at Busey, is moving to “of council” status, effectively retiring after a 40-year career. Firebaugh’s clients will continue to be served by McDonald and his team.

“Aron is an exceptional advisor and leader,” said Firebaugh. “Throughout my career, I’ve had the incredible privilege of working with many wonderful individuals, families and co-workers, helping them achieve their financial goals. I couldn’t be more confident in Busey Wealth Management and the expertise of this dedicated group of skilled professionals.”

McDonald has over 20 years of experience helping affluent families, business owners and professionals effectively manage their wealth, confidently guiding them through important financial decisions. His comprehensive approach to wealth management, personal dedication to serving his clients, and strong commitment to the fiduciary principles that prioritize the needs and goals of his clients, ensures that they have a trusted advocate on their side. 

He joined Busey Wealth Management—named a 2018 Best Places to Work in Money Management by Pensions & Investments—in 2006 and serves on the Investment Team that oversees the investment process for Busey Wealth Management. McDonald is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), and an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®). He received his bachelors of science degree in Finance from Millikin University's Tabor School of Business.

“This is an incredible opportunity with great associates committed to service excellence,” said McDonald. “As we grow forward, I look forward to leading the team and serving Busey Wealth Management customers, guiding their unique financial needs.

To establish the best strategies for you, your family and business, Aron McDonald can be reached at or 309.495.4300. 


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