Our Team

 

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The growth of our team over the years is a testament to the high level of communication we practice on a daily basis.  Serving accounts from coast to coast in 42 states, our clients can expect the same great level of service, regardless of where they live or how much money they have invested with our team.

 

John Russell Senior Vice President/Investments, Branch Manager Stifel  

John Russell
Senior Vice President/Investments

john.russell@stifel.com

John began his investment industry career in 1980 and joined Stifel in 1988 as a Financial Advisor. 

John has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and holds Series 7, 8, 24, and 65 securities licenses, as well as life and variable insurance licenses (including annuities). 

In his free time, John enjoys traveling, going to theatre, and spending time in New York City and Breckenridge.  His philanthropic activities include being a commissioner on the Regional Arts Commission, serving on theatre boards, and chairing Hudson River Healthcare in New York City.


“I became interested in the financial services industry at a young age.  I had an aunt that taught me how to invest in the stock market, and we would buy a stock or two and watch to see if our investment grew.

I love what I do!  I enjoy meeting new people and helping our clients pursue their goals.  It's also wonderful knowing that when I'm out of the office, my team can step in and deliver outstanding client service.”


 

     
Rick G. Hawkes, Jr. Financial Advisor, Assistant Branch Manager  

Rick G. Hawkes, Jr.
Financial Advisor, Branch Manager

hawkesr@stifel.com

Rick began his investment industry career with Stifel in 2001.  After working in Stifel's Operations and Risk Management/Compliance Departments, he joined what would later become the Russell Wealth Management Group in 2007.

Rick earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and holds Series 7, 9 & 10, 24, 63, and 65 securities licenses as well as life, health, and variable insurance licenses (including annuities).  

Rick and his wife, Beth, have four daughters:  Jilian, Evelyn, Ella, and Sylvie.  For the last seven years, Rick has coached numerous athletic teams for his daughters and their friends.  You may find them at softball fields, soccer tournaments, basketball and volleyball games, dance recitals, and the golf course.  When the family is able to find time without scheduled activities, they love to travel the country and embark on new adventures.


“I was introduced to “investing” while attending college.  Fortunately, I met a few individuals who were small business owners.  During conversations with them, they would mention having a meeting with their “financial advisor” to discuss their retirement accounts.  Not understanding at the time what that truly meant, they explained to me that having a good career is great for the short term, but if you're not deliberately putting a portion of those funds away for a date in the future, you'll be unable to maintain the standard of living you've created once the paychecks stop coming.  I was lucky to find these people at an early age, and ever since, I was hooked with the philosophy.  What better way to “pay it forward” than to become a financial advisor and teach this principle to others!

I find great satisfaction walking the path with clients toward their unique financial goals; whether it is getting out of debt, saving for college, planning for retirement, or navigating life post retirement.  It is a pleasure to be considered part of our clients' team for this journey.”


 

     
Joy Liss First Vice President/Investments  

Joy Liss
First Vice President/Investments

lissj@stifel.com

Joy began her investment industry career with Stifel in 1997 and joined the Russell Wealth Management Group in 2016.  Prior to Stifel, she spent several years teaching economics in the Ladue school district and later owned a commercial real estate business. 

Joy has a bachelor's degree from Washington University and holds Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses, as well as life, health, and variable insurance licenses (including annuities). 

Outside of the office, Joy likes to spend time with her husband, Jay, and her two daughters and their families.  Joy and Jay enjoy traveling and spending time on their farm in southern Illinois.  Active in their communities, Joy and Jay were recipients of the Harris J. Frank Community Service Award for Advocacy, Veteran's Rights, and Women's Rights in 2018.


“I believe that my professional career helped me to become a successful financial advisor.  After teaching high school economics for 16 years, and then as president of a commercial real estate company that focused on investment property, my background was well suited for wealth management and planning.  My strategy is to keep our clients focused on their long-term goals and pursue the life they've always wanted.  I especially enjoy the fact that I get to collaborate with the kind and bright people in the Russell Wealth Management Group on a daily basis in order to serve our clients.”


     
Keith Thompson Financial Advisor  

Keith Thompson
Financial Advisor

keith.thompson@stifel.com

Keith began his financial services career in 1989 and joined Stifel in 1996.  He was the first advisor to join John Russell and become part of what would later be known as the Russell Wealth Management Group.  At that time, John was one of the first to bring a team concept to the Stifel platform.  Prior to Stifel, Keith worked at Mercantile Bank, focusing on security operations, trust services, and 401(k) plans.  He attended Mercer County Community College in Trenton, New Jersey, and Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.  He also holds Series 7 and 65 securities licenses as well as life, health, and variable insurance licenses (including annuities).

Keith is honored to work as a board member of Doorways and is passionate in supporting their mission to provide housing and supportive services in an effort to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS.  He also enjoys working in the arts and can be seen occasionally on stage at New Line Theatre, Stray Dog Theatre, or singing with the St. Louis County Community Chorus.  He also enjoys skiing, swimming, conquering mud runs, and working out.


“I decided to become a financial advisor after working in the banking industry and discovering that my passion was helping investors pursue their goals.

After 22 years as an advisor, I have had the privilege of witnessing the many changes in the cycle of life.  I've had the honor of celebrating our clients' new homes, marriages, childbirths, college graduations, retirement, and all the surprises in between.

I look forward to being at Stifel every day.  The Russell Wealth Management Group is upbeat, positive, and cares about clients as much as they care about their fellow team members.”


 

     
Kimberly McConnell Vice President, Branch Operations Manager  

Kimberly McConnell
Vice President, Branch Operations Manager

mcconnek@stifel.com

Kim began her financial services career with Stifel in 1984 and joined what later became the Russell Wealth Management Group in 2006.  Prior to joining the team, Kim worked at Century Securities and within Stifel's Compliance Department.  She holds Series 4, 7, 8, 24, 53, and 65 securities licenses. 

In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with family and friends.  She especially likes traveling to Tucson to visit her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.


“I enjoy being part of a team that continually provides top-tier service to all of our clients.  We work and grow together in our endeavor to help clients pursue their goals.  I learn something new every day, even after 35 years at Stifel!”


 

     
Kelly Andrews Client Relationship Manager II  

Kelly Andrews
Client Relationship Manager II

andrewsk@stifel.com

Kelly began her investment industry career with Stifel and the Russell Wealth Management Group in 2018.  She brings a fresh perspective to the team by leveraging nearly 20 years of financial and strategic planning experience at various large corporations.

Kelly earned a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from Saint Louis University and holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses as well as life, health, and variable insurance licenses (including annuities). 

When she is not in the office, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband, Johnny, and their two children, Sydney and Brady.  While they keep very busy with sports, theatre, music, and extracurricular activities, the family enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.


“After spending almost two decades in merchandising and product management, I was ready for a change of pace and wanted to find a place where I could use my skills and talents to impact others more directly.  Fortunately, I was offered this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Russell Wealth Management Group, a team of experienced financial advisors and office staff that has given me the knowledge and confidence to be successful in my new role.  I love that I am able to combine my passion for helping individuals and families with my unique professional experience.”


 

 
Mary Haislip Client Relationship Manager II  

Mary Haislip
Client Relationship Manager II

haislipm@stifel.com

Mary began her financial services career in 1985 and joined Stifel and what later became the Russell Wealth Management Group in 2001.  She holds Series 7 and 63 securities licenses as well as life, health, and variable insurance licenses (including annuities).

Mary dedicates her free time to driving animal rescue transports and volunteering/fostering for local animal welfare groups. She is a trustee of the Katherine G. Favre Foundation for Animals and a member of the Walk to Defeat ALS® Committee.


“I decided to get into the financial services industry years ago because I knew it would be a challenging and rewarding way to help people.  I feel a true responsibility to provide our clients with an outstanding level of service as our team helps them pursue their financial goals.  I love the wonderful relationships that we have built with our clients over the years, and I feel fortunate to work with such an exceptional team.”


     
Sara Atchisson  Client Service Associate  

Sara Atchisson 
Client Service Associate 
sara.atchisson@stifel.com

Sara began her financial services career with Stifel in 2009.  After spending five years in Stifel's Margins/Operations Department, she briefly relocated to the Charleston, South Carolina, branch office before joining the Russell Wealth Management Group in 2015. 

Sara earned a B.S. in Physical Education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where she was also a four-year varsity soccer player.  

Today, Sara enjoys trying to keep up with her two young children, Reagan and Reed.  In her spare time, she and her husband, Ryan, like spending time with family, playing/watching sports, traveling, and taking part in outdoor activities.


“I enjoy coming to work every day because of the people on our team.  The comradery we have is great.  No matter how intense or serious our work is, we always find a way to make our office a fun place to be – both for our team and for our clients.”


     
Tammy Barton Client Service Associate  

Tammy Barton
Client Service Associate 

bartont@stifel.com

Tammy began her financial services career in 1999 and joined Stifel in 2009 as a Client Service Associate.  Prior to joining the Russell Wealth Management Group in 2016, Tammy assisted other financial advisors in both St. Louis and New Orleans. 

After raising three wonderful sons, Tammy and her husband, Calvin, enjoy spending quality time together with their family, grandchildren, and friends.  They also love traveling the country to watch their youngest son pursue his career and dreams as a singer and entertainer.


“I like working with Russell Wealth Management Group because we genuinely care about our clients.  We truly work as a “team” to deliver a great experience to the people we interact with on a daily basis.  We work very hard and still have fun doing it!”