The investment advice we share with clients originates from what we do for our own families.

The business that has become Acropolis Investment Management, LLC was formed in 1999 to deliver trusted advice, build more personal relationships and secure the lifestyles our clients had worked so hard to create.

Over the years, we have successfully reached many of the goals we set out to achieve, plus many others we couldn’t even imagine.

Today, Acropolis serves three kinds of investors: Private Clients, Institutional Investors and Company Sponsored Retirement Plans (usually 401k plans). Still based in St. Louis, MO, we now serve clients in 34 states.



  • 1990

    Chris Lissner, Dannelle Ward and David Ott work together in the Bond Department at Mark Twain Bank through its various incarnations: Mark Twain, Mercantile, Firstar, and now, U.S. Bank.

  • 1999

    Chris and Dannelle join other Mark Twain alumnus at Everbank and file the registration paperwork to create Evertrade Advisors, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Everbank.

  • 2000

    Chris and Dannelle open an account for their first client: Chris’ Mom.

  • 2001

    David joins Evertrade Advisors as a portfolio manager.

  • 2002

    In a friendly agreement with Everbank, Chris, David and Dannelle purchase all of the assets of Evertrade Advisors lock, stock and barrel.

  • 2002

    Michael Lissner joins as a Partner and portfolio manager 69 days after Acropolis becomes independent.

  • 2003

    The Acropolis Financial Forecaster® (AFF) begins commercial use to help clients define their goals and objectives. Acropolis moves to their current location in Chesterfield. Private client assets cross $100 million.

  • 2005

    Private client assets cross $250 million.

  • 2007

    Acropolis launches Acropolis Retirement Plan solutions to serve employer-sponsored retirement plans such as 401(k)s. The staff also jumps from 11 to 25, marking a substantial increase in employees. Private client assets cross $500 million.

  • 2008

    We survive the crisis! No employees are laid off and our conservative financial position allows us to continue operations without disruption.

  • 2009

    Acropolis earns the CEFEX designation, demonstrating conformity with all of the Fiduciary Practices as defined by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence. See the certificate here.

  • 2013

    Acropolis crosses over $1 billion in assets under management.

  • 2019

    The Covid 19 pandemic requires a shift in the way Acropolis does business. Beginning March 2020, most of the 39 employees begin working from home. Operations have continued since without disruption.

  • 2021

    Acropolis crosses over $2 billion is assets under management.