• S. Warren Whatley, Jr

    Financial Advisor, RJFS

    President, Whatley Financial Group LLC

Warren has been a financial advisor for nearly three decades. His career began as a private banker with SouthTrust Bank in Birmingham, responsible for serving the bank’s high-net-worth clients. His banking experience gave him an early understanding of credit, balance sheets, and financial budgets. This has proven to be a valuable asset in his current financial advisor business in which he is responsible for client accounts in excess of $200 million dollars as of August 30, 2019.

Warren is originally from Opelika, Alabama, and is a 1984 graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Business Administration, Finance. Warren began his financial advisor career in 1989 with JC Bradford & Company, and in 2008, he and three other advisors formed Birmingham Investment Group. He is on the Raymond James Financial Services Executive Council* of leading independent financial advisors at the firm nationwide. Warren serves as a board member of Alabama School of Fine Arts Foundation and Ministry Management Solutions.

Warren has been named to the 2018 edition of the Forbes list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors. The list recognizes top financial advisors at banks, brokerages, custodians, insurance companies, clearing houses and others from across the U.S. This year's Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list spotlights over 2,000 top-performing advisors across the country who were nominated by their firms.

He is a member of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church and is married to Cathy. They have two daughters. Warren enjoys hunting, fishing and fall and spring Saturdays in Auburn.

*Council Membership is based on prior year fiscal production and requalification is required annually. Council membership is not indicative of future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual client’s experiences. No fees are paid by the Financial Advisors in exchange for membership.

The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of 7 years of experience, and the algorithm weighs factors like revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of 21,138 advisors nominated by their firms, 2,213 received the award. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receives a fee in exchange for rankings. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating.