• David Kelly, CFP®

    First Vice President, Investments

David Kelly, CFP®, First Vice President, Investments, enters his eleventh year with Raymond James, after making a commitment in 2011 to the Flint area and clients, in order to improve what was already a high standard of client service.

Joining Raymond James in March of 2011, with four prior years of experience in the investment business in Chicago, he has continued the Kelly family tradition of assisting Flint-area clients into a third generation, following in the footsteps of R.J. Kelly, III., and Ray Kelly.

In the years since joining Raymond James, he has continued his professional development to better serve his clients. In March 2014, he successfully completed the process of becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. The CFP® certification is an extended training and examination in investments, tax planning, retirement, estate planning, insurance, employee benefit planning, fundamentals, and ethical consideration.

In October 2014, Dave was named to the Raymond James Chairman's Council*, the highest award for Raymond James' financial advisors. Following this, he was named to the Raymond James President's Council* in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Both recognitions are based on a combination of assets under management, professional training, and production.

In August of 2018, Dave was named to the Forbes list of "America's Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors,"** and in September of 2019 was named to the Forbes list of "Best-In-State Next-Generation Advisors ***." Subsequently, In October of 2021, he was named to the Forbes list of “Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors List,” Financial Planning’s “Top 40 Regional Advisors Under 40” in February of 2022, and to the Forbes list of “Best In-State Wealth Advisors List” in April of 2022****.

In addition to his own practice, he added an additional role of leadership within the firm, becoming the branch manager of the Grand Blanc location in April of 2019. In this role, he works with the current financial advisors in the branch to help grow their businesses, with the staff to continue to provide the highest level of client service, and with adding outside financial advisors to the firm in the future.

Dave, a graduate of Powers Catholic High School in Flint, was awarded a B.A. in Economics and Business at Kalamazoo College and played defensive end for four years on their football team.

Following graduation, he worked in the Chicago area, as a financial advisor for Edward Jones and for Fifth Third Bank. He and his wife, Becky Thomson, Ph.D., were married in July 2016. Along with their dog, Chance, they reside in Royal Oak, where Dave is an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. When not working, he is an avid runner, having completed three marathons, and enjoys travelling, reading, exercising, and following the Detroit Pistons, Lions, and Tigers and Notre Dame football. To talk with Dave about your investment goals and situation, or to have him review your current holdings, feel free to call or e-mail him for a no-obligation appointment.

* Membership is based mainly on assets under management, education, credentials and fiscal year production. Requalification is required annually. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor's future performance. No fee is paid in exchange for this award/rating.

** America's Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors / Top Millennial Advisors (2018) Data provided by SHOOK Research, LLC as of 3/31/2018. SHOOK Research considered advisors born in 1980 or later with a minimum 4 years relevant experience. Advisors have built their own practices and lead their teams; joined teams and are viewed as future leadership; or a combination of both. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures derived from telephone and in-person interviews and surveys: service models, investing process, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, etc.; and quantitative criteria, such as assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criteria because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC. Neither SHOOK nor Forbes receives compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. This ranking is not indicative of advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Out of 5,832 advisors considered, 1000 made the final list in 2018. For more information see www.SHOOKresearch.com.

*** 2019 Next-Gen Best-In-State Wealth Advisors SHOOK Research considered advisors born in 1980 or later with a minimum 4 years relevant experience. Advisors have built their own practices and lead their teams; joined teams and are viewed as future leadership; or a combination of both. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures derived from telephone and in-person interviews and surveys: service models, investing process, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, etc.; and quantitative criteria, such as assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criteria because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC. Neither SHOOK nor Forbes receives compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. This ranking is not indicative of advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Out of 6,389 advisors considered, 1,489 made the final list in 2019. For more information see www.SHOOKresearch.com.

**** Each year Financial Planning ranks the highest-producing advisors in wealth management who are under 40. Over 400 candidates were considered and 40 were chosen to receive the each list: the Top 40 Advisors Under 40 and the Top 40 Regional Advisors Under 40. Nominees for the rankings were 39 or younger as of Dec. 31, 2021, and were registered with an advisory firm in the employee channel. Production totals were used to determine the rankings. Nominees’ information was confirmed with their employers. Production and AUM figures are as of Sept. 30, 2021. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of an advisor’s future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Financial Planning is not affiliated with Raymond James.

The Forbes Next-Gen Wealth Advisors rankings, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criterion, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered are under 40, have a minimum of four years' experience, and the algorithm weighs factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass the highest standards of best practices. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings. Research Summary (as of September 2021) included: 33,978 nominations for all rankings, 17,135 invited to complete online survey, 13,116 telephone interviews, 2,565 in-person interviews at advisors' location, 1,103 virtual interviews and 3,389 individuals considered and 500 individuals won the Next-Gen ranking. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. For more information and complete details on methodology, go to www.shookresearch.com

The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, 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 approximately 34,925 nominations, more than 6,550 advisors received the award. This ranking is not indicative of an 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. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. Please visit https://www.forbes.com/best-in-state-wealth-advisors for more info.

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