Timothy C. ParrosFounder
Timothy C. Parros, a financial advisor with over 25 years experience in the industry, knows that the two biggest issues for his clients are retirement and paying for college. He noticed parents were struggling to find a way to pay for a college education without taking on a great deal of debt or dipping into their retirement resources. He began to look for other ways to advise his clients on paying for this important event in their lives and the result was forming Parros College Planning LLC.
Tim holds the title of Certified College Funding Specialist™. This designation has been recognized by FINRA and the Certified Financial Planner CFP® Board of Standards for continuing education credit. The CCFS® designation not only separates him from other financial advisors, it also sets him apart from others that call themselves ‘'college planners.” This distinguishes him as having the highest level of competency, commitment, and ethics in the college planning profession.
He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). Membership in these organizations requires strict adherence to ethical codes. To date, Tim has participated in 150+ in-depth campus tours and has met with admissions and financial aid officers from across the country. He has coached over 1,000 students and families through the college selection and financial aid process, successfully helping them reach their goals with greater predictability and more confidence. His students have been accepted into colleges across every range of selectivity.
Tim's expertise includes providing his clients with education and advice on financial aid, education savings plans, tax reduction strategies, cash flow enhancement, gifting and loan strategies, and most importantly how to get students into the college of their dreams.
Tim is married to Kim, who is also involved in college planning, and they enjoy raising their son Nicholas, who is now applying to colleges of his own. They have two dogs, Sierra and Bindi and they call South Lyon their home.
Kim Parros graduated with honors from Ferris State University and since her graduation has lived in Sydney, Australia, and London, England. She has published her work in several journals and has also presented at several international conferences. While living in the UK, she was a business development manager for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and served as a member of the Design Council. Her expertise has always been business development, marketing, and product positioning. She feels that she uses all of these skills to help students understand how to market themselves to the college of their dreams. Kim also uses her writing and technical skills to approach the college application essay in a strategic way, showing students how to position their application essays.
For over 10 years, Kim has been part of the team at Parros College Planning that provides support for high school students. Her focus is on preparing the students for the ever-changing expectations of college admissions by keeping up to date with admission trends so that she can help their students to develop the best college essay possible.
Michelle Lauzon uses her vast amount of financial knowledge she has gained from her position at Parros Financial Group to assist the team with strategies surrounding how to pay for college with Parros College Planning. She partners with the staff and Tim when needed and is a critical team member as well as a great parent resource.
Michelle also provides our college students and parents with tools, information, and resources that help to guide them in the college process. She works closely with Timothy Parros and the entire Parros College Planning team and has had years of experience in filling out difficult government forms such as the FAFSA and the CSSprofile to achieve positive results in planning for retirement and college. Michelle is the mother of three and knows firsthand how difficult the college admission process can be for a parent.
Lisa provides each of our students and their families with the personal attention that is essential to achieving the best college admissions experience. She is a licensed counselor through the state of Michigan and is a national board certified counselor. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, and a master’s degree in school counseling. She is a member of The Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling and The Michigan Counseling Association. Her experience in both college admissions and college counseling helps her to provide families with the tools to succeed beyond the application process.
In addition to her passion for helping students and parents navigate the college process, Lisa brings her skill and direct knowledge from advising high school students. She particularly enjoys helping students discover the wide variety of colleges and universities as they work toward finding the right school match. She understands what makes college a home, and has a passion for helping young people make the most of their college experience.
Lisa is the mother of three, her oldest is presently in college and her middle child is going through the college selection process currently.
Victoria (Tori) Berels is currently a junior at the University of Michigan studying Psychology and Sociology. Victoria recently joined the team at Parros College Planning as a PR and Marketing Associate in May 2017. She has previously pursued her interest in marketing and public relations through her involvement as Public Relations Chair for her sorority and Historian/Webmaster for her professional fraternity. Through these roles she developed her skills around brand marketing and recruitment strategy. Her goal is to continue to develop these skills further in a more professional realm through the Parros Group.
Victoria oversees Parros’ online channels and strategizes how to best increase consumers’ brand awareness of the college planning services that Parros College Planning offers. Additionally, she writes biweekly articles on relevant developments in college admissions and education trends, and maintains relationships between the Parros Group and media professionals.
Victoria enjoys working for the Parros Group for many reasons, but is especially dedicated to paying close attention to college planning, having applied to her dream school only a couple of years ago without the much-needed professional guidance offered by Parros. She sees her work as an avenue to trailblaze for younger students, for whom the admissions process has become all the more difficult, and a way to help them gain admittance and aid to their top school of choice.