About Us

A Registered Investment Advisory Firm

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Washington, D.C. has the mission to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The laws and rules that govern the securities industry in the United States derive from a simple and straightforward concept:  all investors, whether large institutions or private individuals, should have access to certain basic facts about an investment prior to buying it, and so long as they hold it. As such, any person or company who provides investment advice to the public and are compensated for that advice are required to register with the SEC as an investment advisor. The SEC was created by the Securities Act of 1933 and it regulates investment advisors as defined by the Investment Advisors Act of 1940.

Barry M. Corkern & Co., Inc. is a registered investment advisor with the SEC.  For more than 30 years, Barry M. Corkern, CFP®, AIFA® has guided individuals, multiple generations of the same family, business owners, endowments, foundations and retirement plans to make profound impact on their financial decisions and planning. With longer experience in fee-based wealth management than any other Arkansas wealth manager, Barry provides expert, timely and strategic information to a select group of clients with complex financial needs.  His clients reside in Arkansas and six other states.

Barry has provided case preparation and testified in more than 70 cases in arbitration, federal, state and circuit court as an expert on various cases which involve Inappropriate and unsuitable investment transactions and sales. His Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst® certification authorizes him perform fiduciary audits for private trusts, qualified plans, endowments and foundations.  His firm is CEFEX certified which assures adherence to the best fiduciary practice standards.  He has been designated as one of the best financial planners in the United States by Money Magazine and Bloomberg Wealth Manager Magazine.  

Meet Our Staff

Barry M. Corkern

Barry is the founding president of the Arkansas Chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), past chair of that organization and received the FPA Lifetime Achievement Award for 2004. He previously hosted a radio program on financial planning and today his television segment on wealth management appears monthly on THV11, the local CBS affiliate.

He received his Certified Financial Planner designation in 1983, marking him as a member of a distinguished profession dedicated to serving the financial needs of individuals and businesses.  The designation of CFP® is obtained by passing six examinations in various disciplines of financial planning.  These disciplines include investment, tax, estate, risk management, and retirement planning.  

Barry earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Auditor™ designation in 2003 from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, a nationally recognized training organization for fiduciaries at the Katz Graduate School of Business in University of Pittsburgh. In 2005, Barry completed the Private Wealth Management Professional Track at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

His comments and opinions have been quoted in Medical Economics, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, USA Today, Physicians Financial News, Investment Advisor Magazine, Good Morning Arkansas, Active Years, Boston Globe Online, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, and Journal of Retirement Planning.  

Barry is a co-author of Widowed –  Beginning Again Personally & Financially, published in 1999.  Profits from the sale of this book are donated to nonprofit organizations that assist widows.



LaQuita S. Neal

LaQuita Neal serves as Portfolio Assistant and provides client financial services assistance.  She has been with the firm since 2004.  She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in psychology.  For 18 years, she has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She has served in the financial industry since 1994.

She is the proud mother of two wonderful girls.




Janice M. Corkern

Janice (Jan) Corkern is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a BSBA in financial management and has worked as a portfolio management assistant at the firm since 1987. She worked in the financial and banking industry for three years prior.  

Since 2001, she has focused on bookkeeping and cash management on a consulting basis. She currently provides bookkeeping and cash management services for the firm and recently earned status as a QuickBooks Certified Pro-Advisor.

When not in front of a computer, you can probably find Jan spending time with her family and their dog or outside going on a run: her favorite ways to fill her days! 

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