HawsGoodwin Financial has received federal registration certification from the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) based on the firm’s managed assets. HawsGoodwin opened its doors in 2009 and has recognized a 20-percent annual growth since inception.
“This is a big step, and one we have worked hard to achieve,” said Art Haws, CEO. “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.”
SEC registration enables an investment advisory firm to operate coast-to-coast without individual state licensing. HawsGoodwin has no immediate plans for office expansion outside Tennessee, but its client base is growing beyond the region and the firm wanted to streamline its ability to serve out-of-state clients more effectively.
“Most of our clients reside and work in Middle Tennessee,” said Cam Goodwin, COO. “So our priority right now is to focus on business development in and around Nashville. At the same time, those relationships we have outside of this market are extremely valuable to us and we will always be looking for opportunities to build the firm in new directions.”
Haws and Goodwin have worked together for the better part of a decade beginning with Independence Trust Company, and moving to Merrill Lynch before launching their own firm. HawsGoodwin recently settled into new, larger office space at the Meridian Cool Springs Office Park in Franklin, and brought on veteran insurance professional Tom Weatherman to lead the company’s employee benefits group.
“We are feeling very confident about our path forward,” Haws said. “Our goal is to keep the momentum going and to constantly be looking for new and better ways to serve our clients.”