FBC Professional Advisor Directory

It is the Family Business Center's policy to allow 25% of our membership to be represented by firms that offer services to family businesses in the region. We believe that educating advisors to family firms advances our mission of strengthening family firms in the region. By virtue of their participation and membership in the Family Business Center, they are able to offer an approach to their clients that is more sensitive and attuned to the unique challenges that family businesses face. We would highly recommend any of them to a family owned business in need of outside services.

Use the links below to meet our Professional Advisor Members and learn more about their work with family firms.

*Certified by the Family Firm Institute

Through its affiliates, ARGI Financial Group provides business and tax services, comprehensive wealth management, qualified retirement plan services, and exit planning strategies for individuals and family owned businesses.

Disclosure: Advisory services offered through ARGI Investment Services.  Tax & business services provided by ARGI Business Services.  ARGI Investment Services and ARGI Business Services are affiliates of ARGI Financial Group.

Contact information:
Dave Zimmerman,
Certified Exit Planner

1914 Stanley Gault Parkway
Louisville, KY 40223

Phone: (502) 753-0609
Email: davezimmerman@argi.net
Website: http://www.argifinancialgroup.com/

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Axiom Financial Strategies Group caters to a select group of family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals to help them build, manage, preserve and transition wealth. We accomplish this by providing top-notch service through a team approach that always puts our clients’ needs, goals, and interests first. Our team of seasoned professionals believes that every family and client is unique and has priorities, resources, and key goals that are critical pieces of their unique financial puzzle which must be incorporated into their overall financial picture and investment plan. The solutions that we develop are designed to allow our clients to take full advantage of proven strategies and new opportunities, are grounded in common sense, and are explained fully and clearly.
*Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. Member SIPC

Contact information:
Vaughan Scott, MBA, CPWA®
Managing Director - Investment Officer


101 W. Spring St, Fifth Floor
New Albany, IN 47150

Phone: (812) 948-8475 - Fax: (812) 948-8732
Email: vaughan.scott@wellsfargoadvisors.com
Website: http://www.axiomfsg.com

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B2B CFO was founded in 1987 to focus on improving the lives of business owners, with the understanding that privately owned business are the foundation of the U.S. economy and face unique problems that need specialized skills not normally found in privately owned companies. Our Partners have over 20 years of varied business experience with unique tools, talents and processes that can be utilized as needed by a business owner. We create long-term, professional relationships on an affordable, as-needed basis to help business owners resolve issues and stay on track with their long term plans for their company. We also have unique tools and skills that focus on improving the value of the business to maximize the sale price of the company or transition ownership to the next generation of family leadership.
Mark Barter has over 20 years of experience working for international companies in various management roles, including CFO, Plant Manager, Sales Management and Company President roles. Mark is a Louisville native who returned to Louisville in 2001 and has been involved in the ownership of three different local companies in the manufacturing, construction and distribution industries. He has been involved in over 40 buy and 5 sell side transactions, including finding the acquisition or buyer, negotiation of the deal and integration of acquisitions into the acquiring company. His experience as a senior leader in two large international companies and as a business owner gives him a unique perspective to help resolve issues facing privately owned businesses.

Contact information:

Mark V. Barter

974 Breckenridge Lane, #252
Louisville, KY 40207

502 749 5534 Office
502 749 5577 Fax
502 905 0352 Cell




Building on a tradition of excellence in community banking that stretches back to 1872, BB&T continues to offer clients a complete range of financial services including banking, lending, insurance, trust and wealth management solutions. We invite you to learn more about us, our company and our philosophy.

Contact information:
Bryan W. Taylor,
Louisville / So. Indiana Market President

401 W. Main St. 2nd Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: (502) 614-4247 - Fax: (502) 562-6935
Email: bwtaylor@bbandt.com
Website: http://www.bbt.com/

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Bingham Greenebaum Doll

For nearly 100 years, the biggest names in business have come to trust the bright minds at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. We recognize family businesses have unique challenges and we work closely with our family business clients to help them achieve their professional goals. Our depth and breadth of legal services provide our clients with a wide range of resources to meet their evolving business needs.

Contact Information:
Mark Oppenheimer
Managing Partner - Louisville Office
*Certified by the Family Firm Institute

101 South 5th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: (502) 587-3698 - Fax: (502) 587-3695
Email: moppenheimer@bgdlegal.com
Website: http://www.bgdlegal.com/

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Brown Faurest

FACT:  Failure rates among closely held or generational businesses can be very high. We business owners must work hard and be vigilant to avoid becoming a statistic.

Brown Faurest focuses on the succession plan by identifying and controlling the unexposed risks in the business. These risks become apparent when an Uncontrolled Acceleration of the Succession Plan (UASP) occurs. We prepare our clients for when something out of their control strikes the business.   We neutralize the possible devastation of a UASP event by utilizing various financial instruments.  Assessing and protecting through insurance and securities, we insulate the unwanted financial, legal, tax, and accounting challenges closely held business owners face.   In addition, we work closely with attorneys and CPAs to address estate planning, business succession, retirement income planning, wealth transfer, tax management, and other critical continuation issues.

Contact Information:
Michael Faurest, CFP
Brown Faurest
4350 Brownsboro Rd., Ste. 145
Louisville, KY  40207
Phone: (502)587-0975 - Fax: (312) 268-5091
Email: mfaurest@brownfaurest.com
                                                                 Website: http://www.brownfaurest.com

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 Corporate Finance Associates

Your Business is Our Business.  You’ve spent years building your most important and valuable asset… your business. But now you are at a crossroads and need advice. Whether you are selling your business, buying a company, raising capital or planning your business exit strategy, the professionals at Corporate Finance Associates stand ready to guide you through every step in the deal process. CFA is one of North America’s most well respected investment banking firms serving middle market companies.  CFA Kentucky offers a full line of investment banking services tailored to family business owners in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

  Contact Information:

    Robert L. Decker
    4350 Brownsboro Road, Suite 110
    Louisville, KY 40207

    Phone: (502) 893-4564

    Email: rdecker@cfaw.com
    Website: http://www.cfaw.com/


Harding, Shymanski and Company, P.S.C.


Harding, Shymanski & Company, P.S.C. is a public accounting firm with offices in Evansville, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky. We are one of the largest accounting firms in Southern Indiana and Kentucky, providing experienced professionals who look beyond the numbers to the heart of complex issues. Our professionals connect with your specific needs and expectations to deliver the right solutions – consistently and proactively. Our team approach ensures you receive the most from the Harding, Shymanski & Company, P.S.C. resources you value: experience, solid financial know-how, realistic business insights, and timely attention to issues affecting you. Our commitment and goal is to add value and quality to all of the services we offer…throughout every aspect of our client relationships. Our firm specializes in family-owned and closely-held businesses ranging from small proprietorships to large multinational corporations.

Contact Information:
Scott A. Olinger, CPA, CGMA, CPIM

545 S. Third Street, Suite 102
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: (502) 584-4142 or (800) 880-7800
Fax: (502) 581-1653
Email: solinger@hsccpa.com
Website: http://www.hsccpa.com/

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Hilliard Lyons

Hilliard Lyons is one of the region’s premier investment firms providing comprehensive wealth management and business advisory services. We provide family businesses and their owners with financial planning, investment management, business succession, business valuation, family office, estate planning, fiduciary, trust, M&A advisory and capital raising services. Celebrating our 160th year and employee-owned, Hilliard Lyons has  70+ offices in the Midwest and Southeast, and manages over $46 billion of client assets.

Contact Information:
S. Andrew McKay
SVP & Director of Investment Banking

500 W. Jefferson St, Ste 700
Louisville KY 40202

Phone: (502) 588-8484
Email: amckay@hilliard.com
Website: http://www.hilliard.com/

Contact Information:
Jaleigh White
Director of Wealth Services

500 W. Jefferson St, Ste 700
Louisville KY 40202

Phone: (502) 588-8484
Email: jwhite@hilliard.com
Website: http://www.hilliard.com/

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Impact Sales Systems

Since 2007, Amy has worked with consultative, professional sales representatives and business owners as a trainer, coach, developer and when asked, mentor.  She resolves the identified issues within their sales processes, challenges or issues affecting results and incomes.

Impact Sales Systems utilizes a proprietary training process, based upon behavioral change. Since individual’s behaviors are different, she contracts to an actual sales production goal and guarantees to work with the organization or individual until the production agreement has been achieved.  She does not coach or train for a period of time but rather to the result.

Previously, Amy founded a software development firm, ACR Computer Resources in 1994 which offered custom software solutions for a number of regional and national clients.  For seven years beginning in 1987, 

Amy worked with Brown-Forman in the development its merchant services division, Brown-Forman Enterprises.

  Contact Information:
  Amy Romines
  Chief Impact Officer

  214 South 8th St.
  Suite 100
  LouisvilleKY 40202

  Phone: (812) 987-4244
  Email: amy.romines@impactsalessystems.com

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Integrity HR

Integrity HR is a professional services organization offering human resources consulting headquartered in Louisville, KY with offices also in New Albany, Indiana. Integrity HR has been serving a wide variety of industries as a human resource advisor, consultant, and on-site human resources department since 2007.

 The company distinguishes itself by providing clients with a team of certified HR consultants to identify & assess needs and develop HR action plans for providing a wide variety of best in class human resources services including: HR outsourcing, HR audits, management/leadership training programs, performance management, policy & procedure development, investigations, recruiting & staffing, and special HR projects. 

Contact Information:
Amy Newbanks Letke, SPHR GPHR
Founder & CEO

917 Lily Creek Road
 Louisville, Kentucky 40243

Phone: (502) 753-0970 – Fax: (502) 895-1858
Email: amy@integrityhr.com
Website: http://integrityhr.com/

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As a large regional CPA and advisory firm, MCM LLP provides highly specialized accounting, assurance and advisory services to a broad range of clients and industries, including niche expertise in succession planning, business valuation, and HR consulting. Privately and publicly held businesses, not-for-profits, family and small businesses and individuals across the area and throughout the country receive personalized attention and local access from national-level talent. MCM combines the technical and industry expertise of larger firms without sacrificing the attention and personal service of a local firm. MCM has offices in Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Cincinnati and Jeffersonville, IN, and is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, the world’s eighth-largest accountancy and business advisory network.

Contact information:
Kathleen Hoye, CExP, ACFBA, CFWA,
Consulting Principal

462 S 4th St #2600
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: (502) 753-0609
Email: Kathleen.Hoye@mcmcpa.com
Website: mcmcpa.com

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Middleton Reutlinger

Preserving roots in its historic home of Louisville, Kentucky, the firm maintains a national practice while priding itself on personal working relationships with its clients. Maintaining its status as a medium sized law firm for more than 150 years, the Middleton Reutlinger philosophy has been to provide a broad range of legal services for a diverse client base. Middleton Reutlinger’s goal is to provide accessible service in an efficient manner. The firm understands each client’s business and tailors its services to meet the ever-changing demands of the business environment. Maintaining a full complement of approximately 55 attorneys best allows the firm to achieve its goal of providing quality service at reasonable costs while maintaining personalized contact. This is accomplished by controlling internal costs and adopting innovative technology. The firm’s philosophy is one of traditional service to the client with a modern approach to technology and the law.

 Contact Information:
Hiram Ely III

401 South Fourth Street, Suite 2600
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Phone: (502) 625-2718 - Fax: (502) 588-1928
Email: hely@middletonlaw.com
Website: http://middletonlaw.com/

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Merrill Lynch Private 
Banking and Investment Group

At Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investments, we start by understanding your concerns and priorities and then form a strategy to help you pursue your goals—even as they change over time. The result is a lasting relationship and an approach that reflects your unique values in these important areas;

Helping grow and protect assets to preserve a legacy Transitioning business ownership and transfering personal wealth Assessing executive compensation and  concentrated ownership
Providing for children and other family members Giving to charitable causes Pursuing leisure interests

Contact Information:
Josh Nagel, CIMA
SVP & Private Wealth Manager

101 Bullitt Lane Suite 400
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: 502.329.5110 |Toll Free: 866.329.5003 |
Fax: 502.526.4510
Email: joshua.nagel@ml.com
Website: http://pwa.ml.com/kelly.nagel.group

Contact Information:
Andrea P. Kinser
Private Wealth Manager

101 Bullitt Lane Suite 400
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: 502.329.5024 |Toll Free: 866.329.5003 |
Fax: 502.526.4510
Email: andrea.p.kinser@ml.com
Website: http://pwa.ml.com/kelly.nagel.group

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The New School Group

Founded by Michael Duke in 2002, The Newschool Group works with companies who desire to increase performance through their talent, teams and culture. Michael Duke began his corporate career with Auto Trader Magazine. He managed a startup in Kansas City, a turnaround in Grand Rapids and a merger acquisition in West Palm Beach. His focus then and now is in building great teams by identifying top talent that will fit the culture and perform at a high level.

Michael brings a values centered approach to the traditional practices of recruiting, team building and culture improvement. The Newschool Group applies fresh yet proven ideas to these critical organizational needs. They will teach you how to interview, assess and select talent or they will recruit talent for you. They are experienced at getting teams “unstuck” and creating high performing teams. They have been performing culture surveys and assessments since 2000. Michael consults with owners on effective low cost ways to engage employees and build a more positive and supportive culture. Whether you are in growth mode or preparing to transition ownership having the right people in the right place and performing at high levels is critical. This is what The Newschool Group is passionate about.

Contact Information:
Michael Duke,

223 Midland Park, Suites C and D
Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065
Phone: 1-844-773-2784 x700 
Email: mduke@michaelduke.com
Website:  www.thenewschoolgroup.com and www.michaelduke.com

Northwestern Mutual 

Northwestern Mutual understands and appreciates the value that closely held businesses bring to our communities through employment, investment and culture.

Your family and business needs are intertwined throughout the life cycle of your business. That’s why an integrated approach through which your financial needs are evaluated, prioritized and addressed as your business evolves is essential.

The Louisville Office of Northwestern Mutual brings to you and your advisors the skill, expertise and experience of its representatives and specialists. Working with you and your other advisors, they help build and implement the drivers that create, grow and protect your business’ value and success.

Contact Information:
Meg Gatti
Chief Marketing Officer 

462 South Fourth St., Suite 1900 
Louisville, KY 40202-3477

Phone: (502) 562-2400
Email: meg.gatti@nm.com
Website: http://www.nm-louisville.com/

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right angle 

right angle helps businesses take their organizations to the next level by boosting profits through effective planning, high performing marketing and sales, operational efficiencies and effective employees. Our many years of experience and hundreds of proven strategies and systems provide you with a fresh perspective on results. Let us help you create a customized solution to meet your strategic objectives.

Contact Information:
Rachel Butler
*Certified by the Family Firm Institute

9400 Williamsburg Plaza, Suite 310
Louisville, KY 40222

Phone: (502) 412-6505 - Fax: (502) 412-6508
Email: rachelbutler@rightangleresults.com
                                           Website: http://www.rightangleresults.com

Rudy and Associates

Navigating transition and new growth paths often means driving change and responsibility to all levels of an organization. Success requires the union of a strategic view and astute tactical abilities, along with the consideration of the unique dynamics and needs of a family-owned business.

Rudy and Associates’ distinctive concentration on transforming business owners and their leadership teams permanently removes constricted profits and frustrated business performance.

By working directly with the all key internal members, external financial lenders and vendors to identify the gaps, leaks and blind spots, the erosion of profitability is reversed. Systematically eliminating these means massive increases in profits and sustainable growth.

Contact Information:
 Lewis Rudy
 Founder and President

Phone: (502) 821-5350
Email: Lewis@RudyandAssociates.com
Website: rudyandassociates.com



 Stites & Harbison

Stites & Harbison, PLLC is a preeminent full-service law firm providing dedicated and cost-effective counsel to clients across Kentucky, the United States, and internationally. The firm represents family-owned businesses, private companies, private equity firms, investment banks, individual entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, manufacturers, multinational corporations, and other institutions in sophisticated business transactions, challenging litigation, and complex regulatory matters on a daily basis.

The Business & Finance and Trusts & Estate Planning practices at Stites & Harbison regularly advise clients on business expansion, commercial finance, succession planning, administrative law, relocation and government incentive programs, contract drafting, public & private partnerships, corporate governance, employee benefits, ESOPs, mergers & acquisitions, living trusts, irrevocable trust agreements, marital deduction trusts, generation-skipping trusts, handling of income tax matters at death, planning to avoid the generation-skipping tax, beneficiary and distribution decisions under qualified retirement plans and IRAs, and tax counsel for minimizing current income taxes, future inheritance and estate taxes, and taxes on retirement. 

The lawyers of Stites & Harbison work collaboratively, across industries and practices, to provide the most comprehensive and thorough legal representation to assist clients with a range of matters including but not limited to strategic business and real estate transactions, data security and privacy, intellectual property, employment issues, regulatory issues and litigation and mediation. 

Stites & Harbison has 10 offices across five states – Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia. The firm is one of the oldest law practices in the nation and among the largest law firms in the Southeast. Website: stites.com

Contact Information:
Richard M. Wehrle 
250 W. Main Street, Suite 2300
Lexington, KY 40507

Contact Information:
Elizabeth Esty Darby 
250 W. Main Street, Suite 2300
Lexington, KY 40507

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 Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co.


Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stock Yards Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYBT), with company assets totaling $3 billion, serving the Louisville, Kentucky, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio markets.
Since 1904, we have made it our priority to serve local businesses by providing the very best service to our clients. Our capabilities align well with those of national banks, but our focus has always been building a strong relationship with our customers.
We can help businesses meet their needs with a full range of commercial lending services, deposit products, treasury management and international banking products. In addition to its banking operations, Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company offers a wide array of other financial services, including investment management and Trust services offered through their Wealth Management Group.

Contact Information:
Sally Seay
Sr. VP Commercial Relationship Manager
1048 E. Main Street
Louisville KY  40206
Website  syb.com


 Strothman & Company 


At Strothman and Company, we specialize in creating solutions for the family business-transitioning ownership and control to the next generation, enhancing trust among family members, and developing and implementing plans for perpetuating the business. Whether your goal is better operating results, improved business communications or establishing clearer boundaries between family and business issues, we can help you meet those objectives.

 The family business consulting practice at Strothman and Company offers comprehensive services to owners of family enterprises, their spouses and adult children. We have the sensitivity and savvy to help you address the critical issues, while balancing business needs with the interests of all stakeholders. In addition to traditional accounting, auditing, and tax services, our family-owned business team can provide you with personalized business advisory services.


 Contact Information:
 Raymond Strothman
 President and Chairman

 325 West Main Street

 1600 Waterfront Plaza
 Louisville, KY 40202

 Phone:   (502) 585-1600  Fax: (502) 585-1601
 Email: rstrothman@strothman.com 
                                       Website: http://www.strothman.com/


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