Financial advisors help put their clients in a position to make money work for them instead of chasing it their entire lives. Arkansas Money & Politics asked readers to reveal their favorite financial advisors, and they delivered. The professionals listed in this special section are committed to guiding their clients through the sometimes intimidating world of investments and transforming “finances” from a potential source of stress to a golden opportunity.
Rick Adkins, MBA, CFP®
The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc.
Rick Adkins has served as President and CEO of The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc., a fee-only investment advisory firm, which has provided comprehensive financial planning services since 1985. Adkins also served as an adjunct professor of Finance at the UALR College of Business from 1990 to 1996. He served on CFP Board’s Board of Governors from 2000 to 2004, serving as Chair in 2003. He also chaired the CFP Board’s Board of Practice Standards. Adkins received a Bachelor of Science from Harding University in Searcy in 1975, and an MBA from the University of Mississippi in 1976.
He was included in Medical Economics Magazine’s list of “120 Best Financial Advisers for Doctors” and Worth Magazine’s list of “The Best 250 Financial Advisers in America.” Adkins serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and on the Advisory Board of the Jones Eye Institute at UAMS.
James Eric Ashburn, CFP®, APMA®
Larry Root & Associates
James Eric Ashburn knows that clients have to be courageous when making the big money decisions that impact the rest of their lives. That’s why he says it’s his purpose is to help them feel confident, connected and in control of their financial life. He knows that the right financial advice can help prepare someone for whatever life brings — both the expected and the unexpected. When clients work with Ashburn, they can expect one-on-one financial advice specialized to meet their goals and needs. With over seven years of experience and expertise in the fields of retirement planning strategies, insurance and saving for education, he is determined to help clients meet their goals, both in their finances and in their lives. Ashburn received his bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.
Bow Tie Wealth Management
Dennis Berry is a private wealth advisor at Bow Tie Wealth Management, LLC. Berry has experience with the challenges, styles and strategies that distinguish wealthy investors. As a result, he is committed to working with his clients and their trusted advisors to help preserve and grow their wealth, relying on the insights of seasoned investment professionals, a premier trading and execution platform and a full spectrum of investment and lending solutions. Established in 2020, Bow Tie is headquartered in Hot Springs, but serves clients all over the U.S., from coast to coast and right here at home. Berry is committed to meeting clients where they are. By surviving these tough past few years, Bow Tie has shown its exceptional ability to navigate financial uncertainty as well.
Russ Berryhill, CLCS
Berryhill Insurance Group
Russ Berryhill is originally from Hot Springs and currently lives in Little Rock. He received his BA from North Central College in Minneapolis. Berryhill is a second-generation insurance agent and grew up in the insurance business. His father started his insurance career in Fort Smith in 1982 and Berryhill started in 2003, when he opened a satellite office in Little Rock. He is licensed and educated in all personal lines, commercial lines, life, health and long-term care. His current designations include, CLSC Coverage Lines Coverage Specialist. Berryhill’s passion is working with clients to customize insurance solutions that meet their needs. He likes asking good questions, then listening intently to their answers. At the end of the process, he hopes that every client feels like they have exactly what they need and have a peace of mind. His goal is to build relationships with clients that literally last a lifetime.
Kristina Bolhouse, CPA/PFS, CFP®
The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc.
Kristina Bolhouse is a principal/owner of The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc. She graduated cum laude from Western Michigan University in 1989, where she received her BBA in Business Administration. Bolhouse began her career as a licensed Certified Public Accountant at Ernst & Young, L.P. in Michigan. She joined AFG in 1999 and became a Certified Financial Planner® in 2000. The Arkansas Financial Group is a fee-only investment advisory firm. Bolhouse continues to combine her experience as a CPA with her role as a financial planner and investment advisor.
She recently completed a year as president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, which is one of the largest clubs in the world. She voluteers as the Arkansas Regional Representative for WeighDown Ministries and is an active member of the Arkansas Women’s Leadership forum. She enjoys speaking and writing on financial planning and investment topics.
Phillip Butterfield, CFP®
Phillip Butterfield serves as vice president in the Private Wealth Management division at Stephens Inc. in Little Rock. Butterfield works with high-net-worth clients in the areas of investment management and complex retirement planning. He advocates the importance of building relationships on trust, through judgment and integrity. He says that by being fully engaged with clients, his team gives careful consideration to their financial goals and risk tolerances, allowing them to identify strategies that are designed to meet their objectives.
Prior to joining Stephens, Butterfield earned his degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting in 2012 from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM license. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree two years later. He was also a quarterback and selected as team captain with the Arkansas State Red Wolves football program. Additionally, Butterfield volunteers with several public service organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. He and his wife, Brittany, reside in Little Rock.
Brian Canales became a financial advisor to help people. He longed for a career that would give him a purpose and he truly believes it is his calling to do what he does. Canales joined Edward Jones in 2017, but has had a love of investing his entire life. Growing up on a small farm, Canales says he learned at an early age having a strategy, protecting that strategy, and hard work produced nice returns. With over two decades of experience in finance, insurance and business management, Canales and his team have been very successful in helping clients focus, plan and stay on track for what’s truly important to them. They serve clients throughout Arkansas as well as 15 other states.
Canales partners with senior office administrator JoAnne Trinkle, who has been with Edward Jones since 2010. As a team, they work closely with your tax advisors, legal counsel or family.
Carlisle & Guthrie Wealth Management
Phil Carlisle has served as a financial advisor at Carlisle & Guthrie Wealth Management, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services in Jacksonville, since 2018. Before that, he served as a financial consultant for Investment Professionals, Inc. for over 23 years. Carlisle earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Jason Chacko, CFP®, CRPS
Since joining the Chacko Group at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor in 2009, Jason Chacko has concentrated on helping provide effective and efficient financial solutions for the individual goals of his clients. Chacko graduated from Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, where he was an active member of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program, for which he served as battalion commander. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America, through which he received the rank of Eagle Scout, and was president of the Church Youth Group at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Chacko is also a graduate of the Rotary Youth Leadership Association, and has received the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism twice in Arkansas. He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, as well as a number of other focuses, including Business Marketing, Finance, Chemistry and Physics. Chacko is married to Kristin, and they have two boys, Jude and Lee. He is an active member of his community, and currently sits on the Catholic High School Foundation Board of Directors, the Camp Aldersgate Board of Directors, the Rotary Club of Little Rock Board of Directors and the CARTI Foundation Board of Directors.
Dale E. Colclasure Jr., CFP®
Dale Colclasure Jr. has been in the insurance and financial services industry since 1998. He oversees the wealth management division of RetirePath, which he co-founded with Mark Smalling in 2017. Colclasure focuses on working with clients who are seeking lifetime income and protecting their individual and business assets during all phases of the economic cycle. In addition to having his Arkansas insurance license, Colclasure has passed the Series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 65 securities exams and is registered as an Investment Adviser Representative. He also holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional designation. Colclasure has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Finance with an emphasis in Insurance and Real Estate from the University of Arkansas. He lives in Alexander, with his wife and their four children. Colclasure is active in the local schools, coaches youth soccer and teaches Sunday school.
Brian Cole, JD
Brian Cole is a native Arkansan. He graduated from Searcy High School with honors in 1986. Upon graduation, he attended both Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas, and was a member of the golf team at both schools. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Arkansas in 1990. After college, he attended UA at Little Rock School of Law, receiving a Juris Doctor in 1994. Cole practiced law for six years, focusing primarily on banking and probate law, and remains a member of the Arkansas Bar Association. After leaving private law practice, he managed the Arvest Asset Management office in Fayetteville for several years. He then joined Raymond James in May 2006. Cole assists clients with all aspects of the management of their investment portfolios, from the accumulation phase and planning for retirement to income planning during retirement. He holds several securities licenses including the Series 7, 63, 65, 31, 53 and 24, as well as the Arkansas life and health insurance licenses.
Cynthia L. Conger, CPA/PFS, CFP®
Conger Wealth Management
Denver native Cindy Conger’s path to leadership in the financial planning industry took her from mom to college student to business owner. With two young children at home, Conger went back to college and earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1981 and her MBA at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1983. Conger then joined a local insurance agency to start a financial planning section. In 1985, she was a founding partner in The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc. in Little Rock, where she gained experience, expertise and national acclaim. Worth Magazine recognized Conger for a decade as one of the top practitioners in the nation, and she was named to Wealth Management Magazine’s 50 Distinguished Women in Wealth Management. In 1999, with three other financial planners, Conger founded Financial Decisions, Inc., a fee-only financial planning firm working with middle-income clients. She formed her own firm, now known as Conger Wealth Management, in 2005. Conger Wealth Management focused its services for women in transition, while also helping couples with their financial planning needs. In 2018, she sold Conger Wealth Management to Advisory Alpha. She continues to work part-time in Conger Wealth Management.
Barry M. Corkern, CFP®, AIFA®
Barry M. Corkern and Company, Inc.
For 40 years, Barry M. Corkern has guided individuals, multiple generations of families, business owners, endowments, foundations and retirement plans to have a profound impact on their financial decisions and planning. As the first fee-only wealth management firm in Arkansas, Barry M. Corkern and Company Inc. provides expert, timely and strategic information to clients with complex financial needs. Their analytical processes are based on well-established procedures and fiduciary standards which require them to be objective and thorough.
Corkern is a graduate of the private wealth management profession tract at the esteemed Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), has provided litigation support and expert witness testimony in more than 75 cases, and is the founding president of the Arkansas Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. The firm was named the 2022 Small Business of the Year by the Little Rock Regional Chamber.
Farmers Bank & Trust
Shelly Crosskno is a certified public accountant and the chief financial officer at Farmers Bank & Trust in Blytheville. Farmers Bank & Trust is a banking firm that offers banking, trust, mortgage and loan services.
Brian Curry, CFP®
Larry Root & Associates
Brian Curry is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional and chief operating officer at Larry Root & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, in Little Rock. His areas of focus include retirement planning strategies, small business, insurance, retirement income strategies, estate planning strategies, executive compensation and benefit strategies, investments, retirement plan distribution and tax planning strategies. Curry received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1979.
Kevin D. Daniel, CRPC®
Daniel Financial Group
Kevin D. Daniel graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1997 with a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance. In 1998, Daniel began his mission to provide the best insurance services to his community by providing life insurance to seniors. From the very first day, he realized that client service was the key to running a successful business. Soon after starting his own business, Daniel realized helping retirees was his life’s passion. Since those first years, he has added new products including health insurance, Medicare options, long-term care insurance, disability and annuities. He has also obtained his Series 65 securities license and opened his own Registered Investment Advisory firm in 2011. Daniel’s original specialty in working with retirees is particularly important in today’s uncertain economic times. His Retirement Workshops offer some of the most up-to-date information on social security planning, Medicare, long-term care options, estate planning, income planning and Nobel Prize-winning concepts on investments.
Kelley Curtis Dunlap, CRPC®
Stifel | The Curtis Team
Kelley Dunlap followed in her father’s footsteps to become a financial advisor in 2002. Today, she is a partner, along with her brother, of The Curtis Team, who joined Stifel in 2011 upon the opening of the Little Rock branch. Dunlap leverages her 20 years of experience to provide insight and perspective in constantly changing market environments. Drawing on the knowledge gained from obtaining the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™ designation, Dunlap assists business owners in developing a retirement plan tailored to their needs. Dunlap was named to Forbes’ 2022 America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors list and Forbes’ 2022 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list. She is also a member of the Stifel Chairman’s Council, which consisted of 378 of the firm’s top-producing financial advisors for 2021, who were recognized from among approximately 2,300 Stifel financial advisors nationwide. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Dunlap made Little Rock home and is now active in discipling youth at Fellowship Bible Church, volunteering with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and is a Junior League of Little Rock Sustainer board member.
Gilberto Garcia, MBA, RICP®, CLTC®
Garcia Wealth Management – Northwestern Mutual
Gilberto Garcia is the Co-Founder of Garcia Wealth Management – Northwestern Mutual, where he and the entire GWM team serve clients in Arkansas and nationally through their core values of accountability, transparency and integrity. Garcia is a Morrilton native and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with Finance, Risk Management and MBA degrees. Prior to helping establish their firm, Garcia was exposed to entrepreneurship through his upbringing in family businesses and today is a national speaker on the topic of financial planning. He and his wife, Alli, enjoy time with family, friends, anything football related and giving back to their community. Garcia serves on the UCA Purple Circle Board of Directors (Go Bears!), was the 2021 recipient of the Conway Chamber Area of Commerce’s Young in Professional of the Year award, and is a Million Dollar Round Table — Top of the Table member.
The GWM team consists of Osmar Garcia, Kyle Fitzgerald, Osiris Jauregui, Annie Beth Wheeler, Brett Caples, Briana Kinggard, Jonathan Chance, Jacob Mitchell and Miranda Daily.
Sydney O’Quin Gilbert, CFP®, ADPA®
The O’Quin Group
Sydney O’Quin Gilbert is a third-generation Financial Advisor, joining her father, Roger Louis O’Quin, in his practice in 2005 to work with women decision makers and the next generation of investors. She finds that many women don’t feel they know enough about their financial situation. Therefore, it is very rewarding to provide educational and supportive advice to other women, especially in times of transition. She also enjoys volunteering her time in the community through her son’s school, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and through Rotary Club. Gilbert is currently a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional and managing partner at The O’Quin Group of Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network in Little Rock.
Cory Grummer, CFP®
Cory Grummer, CFP® is a vice president and leader of the Wealth Planning team. She has over 10 years of experience, serving in financial roles in both the private and public sector. Prior to joining Stephens in 2013, Grummer was a budget analyst for the State of Colorado and worked for many years as an analyst for a private equity firm. Her background in accounting and passion for finance led her to obtain her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM designation and then to her current financial planning role, where she works with Stephens’ Financial Consultants and their clients to create comprehensive financial plans for various stages of life. This includes retirement, education, insurance and estate planning. Grummer particularly enjoys estate planning and helping clients create strategies to achieve their legacy and charitable goals. She and her husband have two young children. In her free time, Grummer enjoys DIY projects and giving back to her community as an active member in the Junior League of Little Rock.
Sarah Catherine Gutierrez, CFP®, CRPS
Sarah Catherine (SC) Gutierrez is the CEO of Aptus Financial and holds an MPP from Harvard University and the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist designations. Her firm serves as advisor to workplace retirement plans and provides flat fee financial planning services and guided DIY investing support for individual clients. She was named Investment News 2020 40 under 40 class of investment advisors and is author of “But First, Save10: The One Simple Money Move That Will Change Your Life.” SC writes a monthly financial column called “Save Yourself” for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Chris Harkins has been helping families and individuals for more than 30 years. As a financial advocate, Harkins takes a deep dive into addressing clients’ interests and concerns, helping them better understand their options and solutions. His planning-based approach is designed to help clients meet current financial needs while working towards future goals; mitigate tax liabilities and successfully address estate issues; get better control of discretionary expenses; and reach long-term financial goals. Originally from Chicago, Harkins attended Loyola University in Chicago. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, he joined Shearson Lehman Brothers. Prior to joining Raymond James in the fall of 2015, Harkins helped build Little Rock-based Delta Trust and Bank beginning in 2000. Harkins lives in Little Rock and has been married to his wife, Jo, for 30 years, and they have one daughter, Abby.
John Hoefl, CRPC®
Aspire Wealth Builders
As a financial professional and an active member of his community, John Hoefl is dedicated to helping individuals and businesses build their financial futures. To stay on top of his field as a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and develop his professional skills, he regularly attends industry training, certification programs and is a featured speaker in Little Rock, Hot Springs and Southwest Arkansas. Maintaining a strong sense of community and a solid professional foundation are very important to him. Hoefl is also involved in Hot Springs Civitans, Hot Springs Rotary and various advisory boards.
Trevor Holbert, CFP®, CRPC®
Trevor Holbert joined Merrill Lynch in 2008. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he spent two years in public accounting with JPMS, Cox PLLC, an accounting firm in Little Rock. Holbert attended Harding University where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in economics and played baseball for the Bisons. He was recently named to the Forbes “Best-in-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” list in 2022. He holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, and is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designee. Holbert is a former member of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation Board and a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XXVI. He currently serves on the boards of Junior Deputy Baseball Park and Explore Ministries — and is also an identical twin.
Loren “Marshall” Ipsen, CFP®
Ipsen Advisor Group
Loren “Marshall” Ipsen is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a founder of Ipsen Advisor Group along with his wife, Amy. Marshall has been focused on comprehensive financial planning since he started working in financial services in 2001. Once introduced to financial planning, he quickly realized the value of seeing a complete picture of a client’s circumstances when planning with them as they achieve their goals. Investments are just one piece of the plan and will be most effective when tailored to the individual’s goals and situation. Marshall specializes in working with small business owners and families looking for multigenerational planning. Outside of the office, Marshall enjoys spending time with his family, experiencing some of the many outdoor activities available in Arkansas.
Matt Jones, JD, CFP®
Legacy Capital Wealth Advisors
Matt Jones began working in the wealth management industry in 1994 after receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas and his law degree from UA Little Rock. Having completed the requirements to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, Jones worked locally for both Morgan Keegan and Stephens Inc. In 1997, he joined the late Frank McGehee to form what is now Legacy Capital. Jones serves as president and directional leader for Legacy. He and the firm’s other advisors focus on providing holistic and customized wealth management services to affluent and ultra-affluent clientele. Legacy’s client base is nationwide and includes some of Arkansas’ most prominent families.
Lester Matlock, APMA®, CFP® and CRPC®
Natural State Private Wealth Group – Ameriprise
Lester Matlock is CEO of Natural State Private Wealth Group/Ameriprise in Little Rock and has more than 26 years of experience in the industry. His retirement income strategies include wealth preservation strategies, investments, retirement plan distribution, tax planning strategies, estate planning strategies and charitable giving. Matlock holds the APMA®, CFP® and CRPC® designations.
Scott McLeod, CFP®
Scott McLeod is a wealth advisor and senior vice president with Morgan Stanley in Little Rock. For McLeod, retirement planning means more than providing his clients with investment advice. It means helping them maintain the financial independence they’ve worked their whole lives to achieve. His consultative process begins with an in-depth discussion of the client’s current finances and future objectives. He will address issues they might have overlooked and determine how his team can help adjust the client’s investment strategy to accommodate changing conditions and meet any unforeseen expenses and income demands that may arise during retirement.
Ipsen Advisor Group
Nick Merriweather, a native Arkansan, has worked with Ipsen Advisor Group in Little Rock since graduating from Henderson State University in 2016. His areas of focus include sustainable and responsible investing, saving for education and cash flow management strategies. Merriweather enjoys watching Razorback athletics including football, baseball and basketball.
After getting his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University, Chad Mitchell decided to help people in one of the most important areas of their life – finances. As an Edward Jones financial advisor, Mitchell believes it’s important to invest his time in understanding what his clients are working toward before investing their money. It’s also important to understand the level of risk they’re comfortable accepting when investing, so he can balance it with the steps necessary to reach their long-term goals. Whether they’re planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones they care for the most, Mitchell wants to work with his clients to develop specific strategies to help them achieve their goals. He can also monitor their progress to help make sure they stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. Through it all, Chad Mitchell and Edward Jones are dedicated to providing top-notch client service.
Geoffrey H. Niebaum
Mendel Capital Management
Geoffrey H. Niebaum brings 15 years of investment advisory experience to his role leading Mendel Capital Management. As President, he focuses on investment management and overall strategic growth of Mendel Capital. Niebaum works diligently to maintain the firm’s client-first focus. Prior to joining Mendel Capital, he was a partner and portfolio manager for Integra Capital Advisors. His investment management career began with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Niebaum earned a MBA from the University of South Florida and a BA in Marketing from St. Leo University. He and his wife, Katie (a native Arkansan), live in Little Rock with their three children.
Red Dog Investment Group
As a Financial Advisor since 1987, Annie Curtis Norris is now owner of Red Dog Investment Group. Prior to founding Red Dog Investment Group, Norris spent 31 years at Merrill Lynch in Little Rock, working with individuals, families and small business owners. Her investment management style is dictated by the goals and needs of her clients, believing that asset allocation and diversification are the bedrock to an investor’s portfolio.
She enjoys spending time at the lake with family and friends. Her hobbies are boating, tailgating at Arkansas Razorback games and junking. She loves to find something old and turn it into something cool. Norris also loves to volunteer and is a board member for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a lifetime member of Arkansas Children’s Auxiliary. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She and her husband, Alan, are longtime residents of Benton. Together they have two sons, Andrew and Aaron Norris.
Patricia Nuovo, CFP®
Private Wealth Management
Patty Nuovo has a remarkable story: She was the first female stockbroker at her firm in Philadelphia, and she excelled in the financial world in the Northeast. Her seminars on the concepts of money and abundance were an integral part of her message about educating and empowering the individual regarding their personal finances.
Today, Patty is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, Financial Advisor and Investment Advisor Representative working at Signature Bank, Private Wealth Management for Raymond James in the Bentonville branch.
April N. Pollard, CFP®, CRPC®
April Pollard and her team are passionate about helping their clients achieve more than portfolio returns. Building lifelong strategic partnerships with their clients as if they are their own family, they work diligently to understand what is most important in all areas of their lives. Pollard works closely with her clients’ CPAs, attorneys and other professionals in strict confidence to determine specific strategies that may benefit their individual situation. This teamwork between all areas of their clients’ life helps to ensure that nothing is overlooked and all things are considered.
“Our clients know that they are more than an account in our practice. We build real relationships with those we serve. Understanding their dreams, family dynamics, career goals and even hobbies helps us develop individual strategies that are more effective and more easily executed. Our passion is helping them reach their success in life and in their finances.”
Carrie Russom Quraishi, JD, CAPP
Quraishi Law Firm & Wealth Management
Carrie Russom Quraishi, JD, CAPP is the principal of Quraishi Law Firm & Wealth Management located in Jonesboro and serving clients nationwide. Her practice is focused on guiding clients through the complicated and often confusing maze of balancing family protection, wealth building and preservation of cherished family values in the planning process. Quraishi is dedicated to using her wealth of experience, mastery of the law and commitment to a client-first approach to help successful families and small business owners create an integrated financial, legal and life plan to protect what matters most. Quraishi’s areas of practice include proactive tax planning, financial/investment planning, estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, estate and trust taxation, charitable and not-for-profit planning, business succession, wealth preservation planning and special needs planning.
With 25 years of financial experience, David Richey is well equipped to help clients navigate life’s waters. Richey’s goal is to offer solutions that meet clients’ needs today and for the life of their retirement. He believes in building a personal relationship with his clients, so he can better understand their retirement goals and help them get there with confidence and peace of mind. Since joining Bankers Life in 1999, Richey has earned several company designations and distinctions, such as President’s Honor Circle ELITE, Agent of the Year, Million Dollar Round Table, Certified Long Term Care, and Certified Senior Advisor. His community is always the center of his focus; that’s why, in his spare time, Richey volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association.
Tim Rafferty, CRPC®
Tim Rafferty is a vice president with Raymond James, in the firm’s Little Rock branch office. He believes the cornerstone of a successful client/advisor relationship is the mutual trust and respect that develops over time, and is deeply committed to helping his clients realize their long-term financial goals. Rafferty provides a comprehensive approach to wealth management, risk management and estate planning to Individuals, families and businesses. He works diligently to meet his clients’ expectations with exceptional customer service and the intention of being their trusted wealth advisor for life. Prior to beginning his career in financial services in 2004, Rafferty received his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University. Originally from New Orleans, he is active in the community as a volunteer for organizations such as Little Rock Montessori School and Christ the King Catholic Church. He is also a member of Chenal Country Club. He and his wife, Shay, have two children, Jack and Clay.
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Kymberlie Reed began working at Ameriprise Financial in 2006, having served many clients as their trusted financial advisor for over eight years. As a financial advisor, it’s Reed’s job to get to know your financial world, your goals and concerns, as well as she knows the financial markets. Reed is proud to be a financial advisor and has made it her life’s work to help people not only envision their future but help build it. Through financial advice, investments and solution recommendations, as well as progress meetings and smart technologies, Reed can help you achieve your financial goals and adjust to whatever obstacles life brings. When she’s not working, Reed likes to spend time with her family, watch football and basketball, and go fishing. She is passionate in volunteering her time for charitable causes such as the Foodbank and Ronald McDonald House. She is a veteran of the United States Navy.
Larry Root, CFP®, CFS®, APMA®
Larry Root & Associates
Larry Root’s practice has changed over the years with its clients. Many clients have worked with the firm for 25 years or longer. He understands the impact the firm can have in clients’ lives through a fulfilling retirement, education of children and grandchildren as well as facing the difficult events of life. The firm works to make a difference in the lives of its clients. Root was named to Forbes’ Best-in-State Financial Advisors in 2022.
Rocklin Senavinin, CFP®
Fiduciary Wealth Management
Rocklin Senavinin is president and co-founder of Fiduciary Wealth Management, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm in Little Rock. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, he has advanced training in the holistic process of creating a personal financial plan that addresses a person’s comprehensive needs for both the short and long term.
Jim Shenep, CFP®
Simmons Bank, Private Wealth
Jim Shenep is senior vice president trust manager III for Simmons Bank Private Wealth in Little Rock. He is a native of Pine Bluff and graduated from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville with a BS in business administration. Shenep is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Graduate Trust School, Cannon Trust School and the College of Certified Financial Planning. He managed the trust department of Delta Trust & Bank from 2000 – 2014, until it was acquired by Simmons Bank.
New Wave Wealth Advisors
Originally from Poland, Tomek Siwiec moved to Rogers in 1999, where he launched his
career at Arvest in commercial lending and wealth management. With an MA in finance and nearly 20 years of experience, he joined New Wave Wealth Advisors in 2019 and is solely focused on helping his clients by leveraging independent solutions for investments management and financial planning.
Joey Small, APMA®, CRPC®
Small & Associates Financial
Joey Small is a private wealth advisor and CEO of Small & Associates Financial, where he provides personalized financial advice to help clients achieve their goals, today and tomorrow. Small takes the time to understand what’s truly important to his clients and adjust to whatever life brings – both the expected and unexpected. As a result, clients can feel more confident, connected and in control of their financial life. Small has 23 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial, during which time he has been named to Barron’s Top Financial Advisors, the Ameriprise Chairman’s Advisory Council and Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors.
Legacy Capital Wealth Partners
With more than three decades of wealth management experience and after seven years as an investment representative with two major firms, Trent became inspired to start his own company focused on unbiased, objective money management service. In early 1996, he founded Trent Capital Management Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm. He merged his firm with Legacy Capital on Jan. 1, 2021.
Ray Veach, CPA/PFS
The Veach Team of Applied Capital
After starting his career as a CPA over 40 years ago, Ray Veach established his own fee-only registered investment advisor firm in 1995. Solely through personal relationships and referrals, the firm grew to approximately $60 million in assets under management by 2018. In late 2018, Veach merged his firm into Applied Capital and became The Veach Team of Applied Capital. At that time, his son, Reid, joined Applied Capital to work with his father on The Veach Team. Reid’s wife, Eryn, also joined the firm as office manager in early 2021 to assist with the growth. As of early 2022, there are about 170 clients with approximately $110 million of assets being managed by Ray and Reid.
Aspire Wealth Builders
As a financial professional and an active member of the community, Lara Candice Wilkerson is dedicated to helping individuals and businesses build their financial futures. To stay on top of her field and develop her professional skills, she regularly attends industry training and certification programs. Wilkerson’s experience and professional affiliations have fostered her practical approach to offering financial services and advice to her clients. Maintaining a strong sense of community and a solid professional foundation are very important to her. She is involved in Child Abuse Prevention with Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center and No Child Hungry, among other organizations.
David L. Winberry
David L. Winberry is an Edward Jones financial advisor serving the Batesville area. As an Edward Jones financial advisor, he believes it’s important to invest his time to understand what his clients are working toward before they invest their money. Working together, his team can help clients develop a complete, tailored strategy to help them achieve their financial goals. Winberry is also a member of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.
G. Stephen White, CFP®
G. Stephen White and Associates
Knowledgeable, compassionate and “client first” are just a few words often used to describe G. Stephen White. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM with over 35 years of experience in the fast-paced and ever-changing financial industry, White has established himself as a leader and qualified advisor. His knowledge and compassion have earned him many awards with Ameriprise Financial through the years, including Ameriprise Circle of Success 1998-present and Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors 2022.
White is a devoted family man with strong community involvement in North Little Rock, believing that client referral and long-term relationships are the best method of building a strong financial practice. His team, G Stephen White and Associates, includes his son, GS Jeremy White – Private Wealth Advisor, and is proud to provide experience, specialized financial knowledge and hands-on service to all clients.