2016 D Magazine’s Best Financial Planners in Dallas

Jonathan Meaney, CFP® (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012)

Patty Hammond, CFP® (2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006 & 2004)

Joel Berg, CFP® (2016, 2015)

Kathy Muldoon, CFP® (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004 & 2002)

Bill Carter, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004 &    (2002)

Bob Berg, CFP® (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004 & 2002)

Sue Spellman, CFP® (2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013)

Tyler Russell, CFP® (2015)

JoAnne Galbraith, CFP® (2015, 2002)

Raymond James’ Outstanding Branch Associate of the Year2: Marnie Nebeker (2015)

Raymond James’ Women of Distinction3: Kathy Muldoon (2013)

Financial Planning Association’s Heart of Financial Planning Award4: Kathy Muldoon (2012)’s Advisors with Heart Award5: Kathy Muldoon (2011)

Texas A&M University College of Agricultural & Life Sciences’ Outstanding Alumni Award6: Bill Carter (2011)

Financial Planning Association-Dallas Fort Worth Chapter’s Honors Award7: Kathy Muldoon (2011)

Registered Rep Magazine’s Top 63 Independent Broker/Dealer Women

Advisors8: Kathy Muldoon (2011)

Registered Rep Magazine’s Altruism Award9: Kathy Muldoon (2009)

Dallas Business Journal Top List10: Kathy Muldoon (2009)

Registered Rep Magazine’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors11:

Bill Carter (2009)

Barron’s Top 1,00012: Kathy Muldoon (2009)

Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets’ Hall of Fame13: Bill Carter (2009)

Registered Rep’s Top Independent Advisors in America14: Kathy Muldoon (2008)

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures in Entrepreneurship’s Aggie 10015: Bill Carter (2007)

Financial Planning Association’s P. Kemp Fain Jr. Award16: Bill Carter (2006)

International Association of Registered Financial Consultants’ Loren Dunton Memorial Award17: Bill Carter (2006)

 Texas A&M University Agricultural Economics Department’s Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry of Former Students18: Bill Carter (2006)

Financial Planning Magazine’s “Movers and Shakers”19: Bill Carter (2004)

Financial Planning Association of Dallas/Fort Worth’s Honors Award20: Bill Carter (2003)

Dallas A&M Club’s Jimmy Williams Distinguished Service Award21: Bill Carter (2003)

Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Alumni Award22: Bill Carter (2000)

Worth Magazine’s “The 250 Best Financial Advisers”23: Bill Carter (1999 & 2000)

Worth Magazine’s “The Best 300 Financial Advisers” 23: Bill Carter (2001 & 2002)

Worth Magazine’s “The Best 250 Financial Advisers” 23: Bill Carter (1997 & 1998)

Ticker Magazine’s Honorable Mention in “Ticker’s Picks of the Most Successful and Innovative Investment Professionals of the Year”23:  Bill Carter (1998)

Worth Magazine’s “The Best 200 Financial Advisers” 24: Bill Carter (1996)

1 Voted upon by certified members of the DFW Chapter of the Financial Planning Association (based upon service quality, AUM and regulatory records) and published in D Magazine. Awards issued in the following years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004 & 2002.

2 The award recognizes a support professional in RJFS branches who contributes to the success of their advisors and teams. To be considered for this award, branch professionals must have been affiliated with Raymond James Financial Services for at least one year and cannot have won the award in prior years.

3 This award is designed to recognize a woman advisor that has served as a role-model to other advisors or service associates in her branch or the industry. Through mentoring and coaching, she’s supported the professional growth of women by sharing her experiences, knowledge, ideas and feedback. Additionally, winners are actively involved in their communities through volunteer hours, acting as board members or serving as local representatives.

4 The award recognizes those who engage in extraordinary work, give back to the profession and public, and embody the spirit of FPA’s Core Values.

5 Chosen by editors, board members and writers, recipients demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism and are active in charitable giving and mentoring. According to,We evaluate the nominations based on the level and depth of commitment of financial advisors to altruistic activities outside of their practice. We look at their willingness to commit their time, abilities and passion to a cause. We perform a thorough background check to uncover any ethical or compliance violations, contact references whose names are submitted along with the applications and talk with the nominee. Nominees must demonstrate success in the operation of their practice, but that’s not the basis for the award.”

6 The award recognizes former students for outstanding leadership and significant contributions to agriculture and life sciences, as voted by an advisory committee.

7 Voted upon by FPA Board and past honorees, it is given to those who have made significant contributions to the field and demonstrate the highest competence, integrity, and stewardship.

8 The magazine’s ranking is based on assets under management.

9 The nominations were evaluated based upon the planner’s community service, passion, volunteerism and abilities. Elements of their practice (i.e. compliance, ethics, growth in assets, etc.) are considered, along with interviews with references and the nominees themselves.

10 DBJ compiled its list of top financial planners by asking every CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® in DFW to cast an online ballot. Outside-firm votes counted more than inside-firm votes. Self-nominations were tossed out. A panel of esteemed local financial planners reviewed the final list.

11 List is compiled by Discovery, an online database of financial service intermediaries, which ranks reps on total assets under management.

12 Rankings are based on data provided by individual advisors and their firms. Advisor data is confirmed via regulatory databases, cross-checks with securities firms and conversations with individual advisors. The formula Barron’s uses to rank advisors is proprietary; it focuses on assets managed, revenue produced and quality of practice (which includes the advisor’s regulatory record).

13 Recognized for lifetime achievements and exemplifying the values upon which the corps is founded: honor, loyalty, service, patriotism and leadership.

14 Spearheaded by Discovery, an online database of financial service intermediaries published by Financial Information, this ranking is based on a proprietary methodology for ranking FINRA registered representatives. In this list, the advisors were ranked by assets under management using the Discovery-RR database system. Discovery maintains data on the registered rep universe then validates the ranking via direct survey.

15 The Aggie 100 identifies, recognizes, and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned businesses in the world. Nominees must have been in business for more than five years, have verifiable revenue and be owned 50% or more by a former student.

16 Awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the profession and who upholds the FPA’s values of competency, integrity, relationships and stewardship.

17 Candidates must hold a professional designation and must have been widely published on financial topics in articles, journals, books, etc. They must have provided outstanding personal service or leadership in the financial services industry. Nominees must have participated in some aspect of financial education, to the public or to other members of the profession. Candidates must have demonstrated effectiveness in carrying the message of responsible financial stewardship to the public, and naturally they will have high ethical and professional standards.

18 Award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in meritorious ways and have made significant accomplishments in their chosen field.

19 Winners have contributed to the profession and have “inspired up-and-coming planners and advisors to learn from their groundbreaking practices and philosophies.” They were chosen based on web nominations, recommendations of the Advisory Board, and the magazine editors.

20 Voted upon by FPA Board and past honorees, it is given to those who have made significant contributions to the field and demonstrate the highest competence, integrity, and stewardship.

21 This award is presented annually to a Dallas area person who has best demonstrated commitment to career and family, contributions to the local community, and devotion to Texas A&M University.

22 Awarded to former students who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments bring honor and distinction to the University.

23 Magazine editors compiled a list of “Ace Advisors,” based on their review of AUM, overall contributions of the planner and background checks. In addition to the primary selections, three “Honorable Mentions” were named.

24 Award based on the magazine editors’ selection of the best advisors nationwide. The winning advisors demonstrated a solid understanding of the global markets, alternative investment strategies and the current economic climate.