John feels driven to help other find financial stability and independence as the define it. He strives to listen to each client carefully in order to design a plan or strategy uniquely suited to them. John operates on the conviction that each client contributes as much insight to the investment planning process as the advisor does, since they contribute their own experiences and attitudes towards money, and their personal goals. Taking the time to listen with care is a priority.
John began his career as a financial advisor with Paine-Weber (now known as UBS) in 1998 where he managed private client assets and small-business account relationships. John went on to serve at Hilliard Lyons, then as Vice-President of financial services at Bank of America in Oak Ridge, Tennessee where he gained a new perspective working inside a retail bank. John also worked for several years at Union Planters. In 2004 John relocated to Middlesboro, Kentucky at the invitation of Home Federal Bank of Middlesboro, where soon Beth joined his practice as a licensed sales assistant and later, as a partner. In 2016 they made the decision to establish their own independent practice, JWParker Financial Services, clearing though Raymond James Financial Services. They now see clients in 5 branch offices in Harlan and Middlesboro Kentucky as well as Harrogate, Tazewell, and Jacksboro, Tennessee.
John earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Carson-Newman College and a Master of Church Music degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Middlesboro, where he serves as chair of the Appalachian Immersion committee, sings in the choir and has served on several committees and planning groups. John also volunteers his time with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky and their “Together for Hope” initiative that brings together agencies addressing persistent poverty in the U.S. and especially in Appalachia.
John was raised in Brazil, where his parents served as missionaries and spent furloughs in Knoxville, Tennessee. John is married to Beth Cox Parker and they have three grown children: Stephen, Sarah, and Joel. They are also grandparents for the first time. John enjoys spending time with his children more than anything, but he also plays the guitar, sings, loves poetry and exploring our state and national parks and historic sites.