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- Trust & Estate Planning Services4
- Education Funding1
Accessible, knowledgeable and experienced, I am committed to building and maintaining strong client relationships. I am passionate about what I do and I bring that passion to helping every client make what may be the most important financial decisions of their lives.
The Lawson Hembree Group
The Lawson Hembree Group Wealth Management team includes experienced professionals providing wealth management strategies and advice to a diverse clientele of executives, professionals, business owners, retirees and non-profit groups. As a wealth management team, we work with clients and their professional advisors to develop and manage customized strategies and recommendations. This goals-based approach is designed to assist clients in achieving their personal and financial objectives.
As financial markets have grown and evolved, investment decisions have become increasingly more demanding and complex. Therefore, it is important that clients work with a team of advisors who have knowledge, experience and access to robust research and investment vehicles. With a trusted relationship and customized wealth management plan we believe that clients feel confident that their goals will be achieved – from funding education expenses, to planning for retirement, growing a business, providing for unforeseen events or leaving a philanthropic legacy.
H. Lawson Hembree
First Vice President
Senior Financial Advisor
Lawson joined Merrill in 2009. His career began in banking and finance working for Citicorp (USA), Inc. and Merchants National Bank. For the eleven years prior to joining Merrill he was part of a family-owned manufacturing and distribution business. An alumnus of the University of Arkansas and Southern Methodist University, he is active in the community serving on the boards of John Brown University and the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. Lawson has previously served on the boards of Westark Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Fort Smith United Way, Arkansas Cancer Research Center Foundation Board, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Foundation Board, the University of Arkansas Alumni Association, Campaign Arkansas for the University of Arkansas, Southern Region, Boy Scouts of America; Mercy Fort Smith Medical Center and the Arkansas Angus Association Board.
At Merrill, Lawson works with business owners and their families, individuals nearing or in retirement, and foundations and endowments on all aspects of their financial needs. The breadth and depth of his financial experience combined with his experience as a business owner differentiate him. It has also given him the experience of working first hand with a network of professional advisors.
Team Financial Advisor
Kerry has spent most of her career in manufacturing accounting. The past 6+ years she was the Business Administrator for a local church in Fort Smith. Among the reasons she chose to join the financial services industry is her desire to help others. This passion to help stems from her experience and the financial challenges she has watched friends, families and herself experience in the past. As witness to the challenges faced by important people in her life, she recognized the need for a professional and caring team to help others realize the life they want. Her purpose is to help others define their goals, establish a wealth management strategy centered on their priorities and then help them to adjust their strategy, as needed, as the inevitable changes in life occur.
Alicia has more than 8 years of experience working with clients in the financial services industry. This experience was gained while working with Bank of America in Home Loans, Credit Cards, Deposits, and Fraud before joining Merrill in May of 2019. Alicia works closely with her Financial Advisors to support clients and executing administrative tasks.
Alicia is from Muldrow, Oklahoma. She enjoys spending time with her family and anything basketball. She travels often to games to support her family and for entertainment.
Southern Methodist University
University of Arkansas Fayetteville
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1 Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2 Banking, mortgage and home equity products offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3 Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
4 Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank.
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