Who We Are

Butler, Lanz & Wagler, L.C. is a Registered Investment Advisor located in Overland Park, Kansas - a suburb of Kansas City,Missouri.  We are registered with the Securities Commissioners of both the states of Missouri and Kansas.  The firm was established in 1998 by Chris Butler, Tim Lanz, and Lucas Wagler, all three coming from the stock brokerage and financial planning industries.

Christopher M. Butler

Chris Butler co-manages both the BLW All Weather Growth Portfolio and BLW Alternative Income Portfolio for the firm and is a registered representative for Crown Capital Securities, L.P.  He's been quoted in several local newspapers and magazines and is considered a local authority on alternative investment strategies, the management of bonds, and the business cycle.  With over 20 years in the investment management business, Mr. Butler is very active in adult investment education, giving several lectures per year on a variety of subjects. He can be heard regularly on the "KCMO Morning Show" weekday mornings discussing investment markets and breaking economic news, both locally and nationally. 

Every Saturday morning on KCMO Talk Radio 710, he hosts 'Free Market Underground,' a show covering investment markets, wealth management and the economy. Mr. Butler is originally from Olathe, Kansas and is married to Bozhena.  He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas, an MBA from Baker University and an MA in Economics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and is currently seeking a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Timothy E. Lanz

Timothy E. Lanz is BLW’s operations manager, managing the firm's accounting procedures, trading and overseeing the daily tasks necessary for the smooth running of an investment management operation. In addition, Mr. Lanz is also the co-manager of the BLW All Weather Growth Portfolio and the Alternative Income Portfolio.

Mr. Lanz is married to Darcy and they have two sons, Beau and Cole.  They also have a Lab/Pointer mix named Jake. They reside in Louisburg, Kansas where Tim is originally from.  He enjoys hunting, fishing and restoring classic cars. Mr. Lanz received three Bachelor of Science degrees from Kansas State University: International Business, Management and Marketing.

Lucas B. Wagler

Lucas B. Wagler is married to Jennifer and they have three children, Carter, Presley and Holden.  The Wagler family lives in Overland Park and enjoys boating, tennis and golf.

Mr. Wagler is originally from Hutchinson, Kansas and obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Hutchinson Community College. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where his major was Marketing. Mr. Wagler played basketball for both institutions on scholarship.