Timothy C. ParrosFounder
Timothy C. Parros, a Financial Advisor with over 25 years experience in the industry, knows that the two of the biggest issues for his clients are retirement and paying for college. He noticed again and again that 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. This lead to him to find better ways for his clients and into the specialty of College Planning and Funding.
Tim now holds the title of Certified College Planning Specialist, distinguishing 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 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 Deans 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 include providing his clients with education and advice on financial aid, education savings plans, tax reduction strategies, cash flow enhancement, gifting and loan strategies, but most importantly how to get students into the college of their dreams. Tim began his education at a community college and has a great appreciation of how difficult it can be to find the right college fit. Tim has been featured in TV channels such at TV 20.
Tim is married to Kim, who is also involved in college planning, and they enjoy raising their son Nicholas, who is now a freshman in High School. They have two dogs, Reilly and Sierra and they call Dexter 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 this 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.
For the past 10 years Kim has been part of the team at Parros College Planning that provides support for high school students, focusing on preparing the students for the ever-changing expectations of college admissions. Kim works with students to help them to develop the best college, or scholarship, essay possible.
Kim will do everything she can, to not only help students get into the school of their dreams, but also help them become better college essay writers. She also assists with college practice interviews and offers students valuable feedback at the conclusion of these interview.
Michelle has a vast amount of financial knowledge in her position at Parros Financial Group that she brings with her to assist at Parros College Planning when needed. She 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 to achieve positive results.
Lisa Schmidt 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 counselling 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.
Our team approach is to help students discover and understand what they want from their college experience, develop their voice, broaden their perspective, and find the right fit. This takes a great deal of anxiety out of the process and helps the college search become more of an adventure and less of a headache.
Some higlights of her goals:
- Help students prep, focus and reach deadlines through their college application process
- Suggest colleges that are the right match, where students can flourish and grow
- Provide an outsider's expert objective view on your family's college investment
- Help students present their best selves to colleges
- Inspire students to take charge of their own college search while learning how to make important life decisions
- Assist students in creating college resume that will make an impact
- Create an activity record that will open college doors using academics, outside activities and summer programs
- Bring proficiency to decisions on educational and career goals and choices
- Help make the college search less stressful, more effective and manageable
Lisa is also the mother of three, with her oldest 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.