Ken Lydecker, CEO
Ken Lydecker has been in the financial services field since graduating from DePaul University in 1972, and 2018 marks his 46th year in the industry. Ken is co-owner and co-founder of PPC and has functioned as CEO since the company's formation in 2002. He is licensed for insurance and securities in numerous states around the country and maintains a Series 7 securities license. His Series 24 designation also allows him to act as the local compliance supervisor for PPC within the oversight structure of their broker-dealer, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
Ken has consistently shown leadership in his profession. In 2005, Ken co-founded the “To the Troops with Love Foundation,” which has sent “thank you” care packages to soldiers overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan annually ever since. Ken was honored in 2006 by being named to the athletic and service “Wall of Fame” at St. Gregory High School, where in 1967 he helped the school capture the league championship. Ken received a basketball scholarship to DePaul University, where he played under legendary Coach Ray Meyer. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Gregory High School.
Ken has been featured on WGN-TV and FOX NEWS for his annual Christmas Village displays, which he has not only built at his home but also at local libraries and community centers near his hometown of Park Ridge, IL. In addition to loving the work he does with clients, Ken also enjoys sports, reading, woodworking, movies, live theatre, and concerts, and spending time with friends. Ken’s primary passion is his family. Ken and his wife Jo have five children and nine wonderful grandchildren, for whom he is regularly building some furniture or playset. Ken believes the balance he maintains between business and family has been an integral part of the excellent health he enjoys, and the zest he has for life. He is still eagerly looking to the future and reaching the 50-year mark as a financial advisor.