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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 seven other states.

Barry has provided case preparation and testified in more than 75 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. Barry led the firm to its CEFEX certification, which was a first in the state of Arkansas.  The distinguished CEFEX certification assures adherence to the best fiduciary practice standards. In 2020, he was named to the "Best Financial Advisors" list by Arkansas Money and Politics. He has been designated as one of the best financial planners in the United States by Money Magazine and Bloomberg Wealth Manager Magazine.  


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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.

When not working, Barry enjoys time with his family.  He and Jan enjoy working on church projects, and attending football games for their son, Lawson.  His daughter, Lauren married Zach in May, 2017.  His favorite times are when the whole family gathers for any reason at all!



LaQuita S. Neal

LaQuita Neal serves as Vice President of Operations. She also 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 Corkern, Controller, received her BSBA in Financial Management from the University of Arkansas. Employed with Barry M. Corkern & Co., Inc. since 1987, her roles and responsibilities have encompassed most of the company’s activities. She has previously held the following licenses: Series 7 (General Securities), 63 (AR Securities), 65 (Registered Investment Advisor) and is a QuickBooks Proadvisor Certified Expert in both Quickbooks Desktop and Quickbooks Enterpise. Jan currently manages all the firm’s finances, cash management and financial reporting.

You may bump into Jan occasionally at the home office, but many days she is working remotely from home or at another office doing independent contractor work in some capacity. She simply loves numbers and is hired to look for fraud, set up books for new businesses, reorganize or clean up accounting nightmares, assist with litigation cases and trust accounting.

When not in front of a computer, you can probably find Jan spending time with her family and their dog or outside with friends going on a run; her favorite ways to fill her days. Barry and Jan have been married since 1996 and are delighted to be the parents of Lawson, Lauren and her husband Zach. 



Lauren E. Fendley

Lauren Fendley joined the team in 2020 as Client Relations and Media Manager. Her role is to manage and protect the relationships between the company and its clients by nuturing long-term professional and trusting relationships as well as the management of all media related to the firm. She also enjoys collaborating and creative problem-solving with Barry and the team so they are properly equipped to assist clients in meeting their financial goals. Lauren previously worked as a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist and continues to retain these credentials.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from UCA, and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from UCA. When not at work, she loves being active outdoors, painting, cheering on the Razorbacks and spending time with her husband, family, and church community.  

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