Our Story
For over 160 years, core values have shaped the way we do things at Hilliard Lyons. Guiding our clients with honesty and empathy, making their goals our own. Being there for the ups and the downs. As part of this family, it’s an approach that comes naturally to us and served as the foundation of who we are. As one of the nation’s oldest investment firms, Hilliard Lyons has been helping clients plan for their futures and realize their goals since 1854. Today, we continue our commitment to earning your trust by delivering quality service, personalized advice, and providing our unique perspective, united in our mission to help clients realize what’s possible.
Our History
Hilliard Lyons has a long and distinguished record in the American marketplace, and has been committed to serving clients throughout the Midwest and the South for over 160 years.
Our Wealth Advisors
Through life’s up and downs, our experienced Hilliard Lyons Wealth Advisors remain steadfast in our commitment to serving you, your family, and your future.
Careers
At Hilliard Lyons, you will be part of a culture that thrives on teamwork, community, and making a difference in people's lives.

Our Wealth Advisors Make Advice Accessible

Through life’s up and downs, our experienced Hilliard Lyons Wealth Advisors remain steadfast in our commitment to serving you, your family, and your future. Channeling our knowledge of today’s financial world with the collective expertise of the Hilliard Lyons family, our advisors build comprehensive wealth management strategies unique to you and your vision for the future. Whether you’re trying to find the right time to retire, fund your child’s education, or create a lasting charitable legacy, your advisor can help you make sound financial decisions while keeping your long-term goals in mind.

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Community Involvement

At Hilliard Lyons, we believe in going beyond expectations when it comes to investing in our local communities. Across the midwest and southeast, our employees and Wealth Advisors devote time, talent and treasure serving a diverse group of service organizations, cultural endeavors, health initiatives and educational institutions.

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Our Leadership
James Allen
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
James Allen
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
James Allen joined Hilliard Lyons in 1981 and has served as Chairman and CEO since 2004. Jim is active in the financial services industry and with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, where he currently serves on the board of directors and chairs the Regional Firms Committee.
Jim is involved civically in Louisville, where he is the current Board Chairman of the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation, former Chairman of the Fund for the Arts and past Chairman of the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation. He chaired the 2016 Metro United Way Campaign for Greater Louisville. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Louisville School of Business, the Board of Trustees of Bellarmine University, and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University and an MBA in finance from the Ohio State University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Thomas Kessinger III
President
Thomas Kessinger III
President
Tom Kessinger III became President of Hilliard Lyons in May of 2017. After graduating with a BS in accounting in 1993 from the University of Kentucky, he joined his grandfather at Hilliard Lyons as a Financial Consultant in the firm’s Lexington branch. During the next 15 years (until his grandfather retired), Tom grew an existing book of business from $80 million to over $350 million in assets. Until he assumed his new role as President, Tom led the Kessinger-Lee Financial Group, a six-person team in the firm’s Lexington-Beaumont office. His former team members have assumed responsibility for serving most of his clients.
Tom’s community involvement has included serving on numerous boards, including those of Worldwide Hearts & Hands, Lexington Philharmonic, and Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, where he served as board chair. Tom was also the Campaign Chairman of LexArts and Dynamic Doors.
Alan Newman
Executive Vice President and Director, Private Wealth
Alan Newman
Executive Vice President and Director, Private Wealth
Alan serves on both the Executive Team at Hilliard Lyons and the board of Hilliard Lyons Financial Services, LLC. Alan had been at the firm’s Evansville branch for nearly four decades. Under his leadership, the Evansville office grew from 6 Financial Consultants to 26, and was named as the top-performing branch of Hilliard Lyons in 2010.
Alan has served as president of the Evansville Police Department Foundation Board of Directors and of the University of Southern Indiana Business School Board of Visitors. He has also served on other boards, including the Southwest Indiana Mental Health Association Foundation, the Evansville Chamber of Commerce, and the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, among others.
Specialty Services
Establish Your Legacy
Our estate planning, trust administration, portfolio managers, and investment professionals work with you to create personalized, actionable strategies that help you plan for the future, accomplish your wealth objectives, and protect your legacy.
Beyond Advice
Leveraging the expertise and resources of both Hilliard Lyons and the Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, the Wealth and Family Office delivers unparalleled support and personal concierge service to individuals, families and business owners with increasingly complex wealth management needs.
Invest In Your Community
Our team offers end-to-end solutions for local municipalities, including public finance and institutional sales, to provide you with innovative options that meet your organization’s financial goals.
Discover Your Wealth Potential
Our investment banking team works closely with our Wealth Advisors to help ensure your business is well-positioned for the long term, with solutions that include Mergers & Acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, business valuation, and exit planning strategies.

Awards

Financial Times Top 400

Hilliard Lyons announces that two of its Wealth Advisors, both in Kentucky, have been named to the Financial Times “400 Top Financial Advisers” for 2017. Pete Mahurin, a Wealth Advisor in its Bowling Green office, and Mitch Settle, a Wealth Advisor in its Owensboro office, were named.

Hilliard Lyons Wealth Advisor Named Top 40 Under 40 and Hero

A Bloomington-based Hilliard Lyons Wealth Advisor received two honors in January – one for professional excellence and the other for humanitarian efforts. Loren Snyder was named to On Wall Street’s “Top 40 under 40” advisors and named as one of “100 Heroes” by the United Way of Central Indiana.
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