2021 Vanguard: Ted Ahern


As Guaranteed Rate Chief Investment Officer, Ted Ahern uses his experience and expertise to collaborate with the management team to help steer the company to success. His work on the leadership team over the past year played a significant role in ensuring that Guaranteed Rate emerged financially stronger than ever before after a period of unprecedented uncertainty. During his 16-year tenure with the company, he has helped craft and implement numerous financial strategies and acquisitions, and his commitment to growth has helped the company expand from a handful of offices to more than 850.

Guaranteed Rate has enjoyed exponential growth throughout Ahern’s tenure. Since he joined the firm in 2005, he has worked to build strong relationships that have led to highly successful joint ventures. The complexities and nuances of Ahern’s role necessitate a broad network of expert contacts, and his affability and good nature help him successfully manage this role.

Ahern’s background in finance, banking, trading and the capital markets has helped the company thrive through varying business cycles. Because of his broad experience, he is adept at jumping in to assist with almost any situation, whether it involves supporting companywide or departmental decisions. 

Aside from Guaranteed Rate, Ahern serves on the Chicago Regional Advisory Committee of The Ireland Funds America, which raises money for charities in Ireland. He is on the Men’s Golf Committee for the Lurie Children’s Pro Amateur Golf Championship, which raises money for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He also taught economics at Lake Forest College for eight years.

What has been your secret to success?

“I try to make a contribution every day. If you do that for a long enough time, it adds up. I’m a marathoner, not a sprinter.”


Ted Ahern


Chief Investment Officer

Company Name:

Guaranteed Rate

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