HawsGoodwin lands federal registration certification

Cool Springs-based financial services and investment firm HawsGoodwin Financial announced today it has received federal registration certification from the Security and Exchange Commission.

SEC registration, which is based on a firm’s managed assets, enables an investment advisory company to operate coast-to-coast without individual state licensing. HawsGoodwin this month filed papers with the SEC saying it manages a little more than $100 million for about 100 clients.

In a release, company CEO Art Haws (pictured) said HawsGoodwin has no immediate plans for office expansion outside Tennessee, but noted the company’s client base is growing beyond the state and region and that the firm wanted to streamline its ability to serve out-of-state clients more effectively.

“This is a big step, and one we have worked hard to achieve,” Haws, who teams with chief operating officer Cam Goodwin to lead the company, said in the release. “While the registration with the SEC is significant, what is more significant is the loyalty of our existing clients and the promise and opportunity afforded us by our new and emerging clients.”

Relatedly, HawsGoodwin recently settled into office space at the Meridian Cool Springs Office Park in Franklin and added veteran insurance professional Tom Weatherman to lead the company’s employee benefits group.

HawsGoodwin began operation in 2009 and has since seen an approximately 20 percent annual growth.

“We are feeling very confident about our path forward,” Haws said. “Our goal is to keep the momentum going.”

Apr 25, 2014 11:30 AM

HawsGoodwin Financial adds Weatherman to oversee new division

Cool Springs-based financial services and investment firm HawsGoodwin Financial announced today it has added an employee benefits division and has tapped Tom Weatherman to oversee it.

A 35-year insurance industry professional with long-standing ties to Middle Tennessee insurance providers and agencies, Weatherman will oversee the implementation of the new division’s infrastructure and program offerings, which include group medical, life, and dental; disability and vision; flexible and health savings accounts; wellness programs; and individual medical and life insurance.

Prior to joining HawsGoodwin, Weatherman (pictured) served as employee benefits manager for international insurance brokerage Integro. Before that, he was vice president, sales manager and producer at Brentwood-based Gale Smith and Co. He also has held sales and management positions with Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Cigna.

Weatherman received his B.S. degree from Lipscomb University.

“Tom is an extremely well-respected professional in Middle Tennessee, and his vast knowledge of the insurance industry will be beneficial to our firm and more importantly to our existing and future clients,” Art Haws, HawsGoodwin CEO, said in a release. “We view this as an important step in the firm’s growth and we are excited about the potential opportunities on the horizon.”

Mar 5, 2014 12:27 PM