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Our Team

The staff at William Howard and Co. Financial Advisors Inc. is dedicated to providing exceptional service in a professional and confidential manner.

William B. Howard, Jr. ChFC®, CFP® - President

William is President of William Howard & Co. with 43 years of experience advising clients on financial matters. As expert, author, and leader, William brings financial skills and seasoned knowledge to his clients and his community.
Mr. Howard has published articles in Medical Economics, American Medical News, Physician’s Management, and the Journal of Financial Planning. He is also a financial columnist for Medical Society Quarterly, a publication of the Memphis Medical Society.
He has been frequently quoted in the press publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Week, Medical Economics, and Investor’s Business Daily. Local news networks have interviewed William on financial related topics, and he was a regular guest panelist for a local cable television investment series. His firm’s success story has been featured in local and national media.
William received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi, continuing on to receive the Chartered Financial Consultant® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional designations. He is a founding board member, past president and chairperson of the Financial Planning Association of Greater Memphis. He is a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of Financial Planning and a past member of the adjunct faculty of the College for Financial Planning.
He is a member of the Memphis Planned Giving Council and the Financial Planning Association. William was selected Memphis Executive of the Year in 2009 by the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
He enjoys spending time with his children, exercising, listening to music, and playing guitar. 
Contact me at whoward@whcfa.com

Sheila C. Akin - Financial Paraplanner
Sheila works closely with the financial planners in all areas of the planning process. Her responsibilities include organizing client data and creating the reports and assumptions used in the financial analyses. She is responsible for financial plan updates and retainer services as well as training staff members in these areas.
She joined the firm in 1996 after earning a BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis and working with a local CPA firm for seven years. She received her Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ (FPQP™) designation in 1998.  

Sheila is an avid reader and enjoys playing bridge, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her three children and eight grandchildren. She is thrilled to have her first great-grandchild and hopes to have many more.

Contact me at sakin@whcfa.com

Brian D. Barthol, CFP® - Financial Analyst

Brian joined William Howard in 1997 as a Financial Planning Intern and became a full-time member of the firm in 2000. His job duties include financial planning analysis and advice, performance reporting, portfolio monitoring, as well as security and market analysis. He provides research, writing, and editing assistance in the creation of the William Howard quarterly investment newsletter. He supervises client meeting preparation; he manages the company website; and he provides support for all client services. Brian received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Memphis. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a current member of the Financial Planning Association of Greater Memphis.

Brian is a proud supporter of the University of Memphis Tigers. He enjoys working in the yard, cooking for family, time at the lake with friends, and visits to the Great Smoky National Park.
Contact me at bbarthol@whcfa.com
Judy B. Carmichael, CAP-OM® - Executive Assistant/Financial Planning Assistant

Judy serves as our Senior Executive Assistant and Financial Planning Assistant. In these roles, she assists with client services, office management, and the financial planning process. Judy joined the firm in 1999 with 15 prior years of experience in the banking industry. 

She has a degree in business administration from Strayer University and three professional designations; the Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional (FPQP), Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and the Organizational Management (OM) designation.   She is an active member of her church and enjoys music, travel, and photographing memories of family and friends.

Contact me at jbcarmichael@whcfa.com

W. Barker Howard, III - Financial Planning Assistant

Barker joined the William Howard & Co. team in June of 2017 as an intern.  He supports the staff in daily operations and assists in all areas of the financial and investment planning process.

He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2016 with a degree in Business Management.  At Ole Miss, he served as a worship music leader and worked on staff for Campus Crusade for Christ.  Barker is also an avid golfer and loves to play guitar. 

Contact me at bhoward@whcfa.com

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