50 Notable Alumni

Justin Kirby

Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual, Champaign, Illinois

Associate in Applied Science



Justin Kirby came to Parkland on a golf scholarship and graduated with an associate’s degree in Business. He transferred to Illinois State University, which he said was “very efficient” thanks to his degree at Parkland, and double majored in Marketing and Business Administration, graduating with a BS in 1996.  

He has since earned designations from the American College, CLU and from the college of Financial Planning, CRPS (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist). His team at Northwestern Mutual includes six full-time employees with advanced designations such as CFP (Certified Financial Planner), CFA (chartered Financial Analysts), and ChFc (Chartered Financial Consultant).

Justin previously served on the Regional Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters, The High School of St. Thomas More, and as president and board member of Lincolnshire Fields Country Club. Currently he is a Trustee for St. Matthew Parish. In addition he coaches fifth grade boy’s basketball and has completed nine marathons, including four Boston Marathons.

Justin has been married for 19 years to Bobbie Jo Kirby and they have four children; Maeve 15, Mia 14, Wilson 11, and Wyatt 9.

Justin’s most memorable moment at Parkland was “Euchre tournaments between classes.”