Brian L. Kasal joined the Boy Scouts of America at an early age and learned camping, hiking, first aid, and many other skills on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. A veteran of seven seasons on the staff of his local Scout summer camp, his peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, the Scouts’ national camping honor society, where he held a national leadership position. Brian L. Kasal currently holds the position of senior vice president at Morgan Stanley. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Brian Kasal continues to serve the Scouts in several volunteer positions. Founded in 1910 and modeled closely after the Boy Scouts organization founded by Robert Baden-Powell in England in 1907, the Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States. Scouting focuses on outdoor and emergency skills, personal fitness, and good citizenship, and helps boys build character. Although Scout troops generally conduct camping, hiking, and other activities year-round, those activities peak in the summer, when Scouts attend summer camp and spend a week or two immersed in camping activities, outdoor cooking, hiking, swimming, boating, and many other outdoor pursuits. Local Scout districts and councils generally run summer camps and other outdoor events like camporees. For the national Scouting organization, the premier event is the quadrennial National Jamboree. First held at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, in 1937, it is a gathering of Scouts, their leaders, and guests from around the nation and the world. In 2013, the 10-day Jamboree hosted 45,000 participants at its new permanent home at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, a high adventure mountain site in West Virginia that emphasizes fitness, outdoor adventure, and action sports.
A life member of the National Eagle Scout Association, Brian L. Kasal has served on the Chicago Area Council Board for more than 10 years. Dedicated to serving his community through the Scouts, Brian Kasal is currently the endowment chairman for the Central Region Boy Scouts Association. With an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, Brian L. Kasal is also a member of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP). Established in 2005, Advisors in Philanthropy is dedicated to creating positive change in the world through collaborative, charitable giving. A nonprofit association, AiP is not affiliated with any other company or charitable foundation; rather, its loyalties lie with its members and clients to make the biggest possible difference. One of the association’s programs is the AiP Foundation, which supports the professional education of its members. Participants receive the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation through the American College of Financial Services or similar institution, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to help clients achieve their philanthropic goals. AiP offers monthly scholarships for members to complete the program.
Brian L. Kasal began working in the financial brokerage industry after earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northern Illinois University. Today, the Chicagoland resident serves as Founder & CEO of Fourstar Wealth Advisors. Outside of this role, Brian L. Kasal engages in political action initiatives and participates in organizations dedicated to reforming public policy, such as the bipartisan Concord Coalition. Brian Kasal served in the 90's as the first chair of the Coalition’s Chicago chapter. The nationwide Concord Coalition advocates for generationally responsible fiscal policies by educating the American public about the consequences of unmanageable federal budget deficits and the challenges of unsustainable entitlement programs. Former Democratic and Republican politicians and leaders formed the Concord Coalition in 1992. The Concord Coalition encourages reform in nine areas in particular. These include national deficit reduction, health care spending management, and tax policy administration. Furthermore, the organization works to curb discretionary and nondiscretionary spending by the federal government, particularly in regard to military and Social Security funding. Lastly, the members of the Concord Coalition seek to create a more fiscally responsible federal budgetary process and to encourage the establishment of a national commission focused on solving fiscal challenges. For more information, log on to www.concordcoalition.org.
Brian L. Kasal currently serves as the Founder & CEO of FourStar Wealth Advisors. In addition to this role, Brian L. Kasal has spent nearly a decade on the Central Region board of directors for the Boy Scouts of America. Brian Kasal became an Eagle Scout in 1974 and has earned a number of awards throughout his tenure with the organization. The Boy Scouts of America Central Region is comprised of 13 states, extending from West Virginia in the southeast quadrant to North Dakota in the northwest. The Central Region has recently taken on the lead position in assembling a comprehensive volunteer unit with expertise in select areas of finance and business management. The team will serve as a line of support for all councils found in the Central Region through a variety of consultancy services that cover accounting and budgeting, fund management, and advice on the most prudent financial practices at the local level. The finance team is an innovative idea developed by the Central Region that has yet to be attempted by councils in the Northeast, Western, or Southern regions. The volunteer team will also develop fundraising events and procure special endowment gifts to help fund the organizations moving forward.