A Chicago businessman and investment professional with diverse talents and interests, James Kolbusz has earned recognition as one of the top 30 institutional consultants in the United States according to Barron’s Magazine. A senior vice president and institutional consulting director with the Chicago offices of Merrill Lynch, he implements and leads comprehensive investment programs in markets that include endowment/foundation funds, public pension funds, and Taft-Hartley pension trusts. Before joining the Merrill Lynch team in April of 2017, James Kolbusz served eight years as a senior vice president and institutional consulting director with Morgan Stanley. This position placed him in charge of $3.3 billion in total client assets.
In addition to his accomplishments in the financial services field, Mr. Kolbusz owns and operates Windy City Guitars Custom Shop, a business that has been rebuilding and refinishing electric guitars for more than two decades. Windy City also specializes in modifying run-of-the-mill guitar models with customized binding.