Kenneth E. Karr, CFP®
Mr. Karr has been practicing investment management since 1996 when he joined Strong Investments (now Wells Fargo) as an investment representative. Mr. Karr worked at Strong from 1996 to 2003. In April 2004, he joined a Lake Geneva based registered investment advisor as an investment advisor representative.
In September 2006, Mr. Karr founded Highland Investment Advisors, LLC and serves as President and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to his career in investments, Mr. Karr served as an officer with the Arlington Police Department in Texas for fifteen years.
Mr. Karr graduated from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1980. He earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas – Arlington in 1993. Mr. Karr was awarded the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation in January 2004.
Adam S. Drake, CFA
Mr. Drake’s passion is partnering with independent financial advisors to build fee-based practices that deliver a successful investing experience to clients. At Highland, Mr. Drake is involved in investment management, operations, business development, and strategy. Before joining Highland, Mr. Drake worked as an investment analyst at Vogel Consulting LLC, a multifamily office firm serving ultra-affluent individuals. Prior to Vogel, he was a portfolio manager at a registered investment advisory firm in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Before this, he worked as an equity research analyst for Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in various roles at Strong Investments (now Wells Fargo). He has been in the financial services industry since 1998.
Mr. Drake holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance in 2000.
Wm. David Morrison
Mr. Morrison is an Investment Advisor Representative at Highland Investment Advisors, LLC, working with clients to develop prudent strategies to achieve their personal financial targets. Since 2009, Mr. Morrison has worked as a Private Portfolio Manager for a high net worth family office. Prior to that, Mr. Morrison was President and co-owner of a wholesale company in St. Louis, and a Sales Representative for Pulsar, a division of Seiko USA. He also worked in the buying offices of a major department store chain. His strong commitment to results oriented investing and the fiduciary standard brought him to Highland Investment Advisors in April 2013.
Mr. Morrison holds the Series 65 Investment Advisor Law license and attended the University of Missouri – Columbia. He enjoys long walks with his wife and their dog, and spends most of his spare time reading the financial news.
Beverly Whitman, CPA CFP®
Beverly joined Highland Investment Advisors, LLC as an Investment Advisor Representative in February 2020.
Beverly fell in love with the financial planning profession after working for wealth management firms and seeing first-hand the value that a coordinated approach to finances can make to clients. By combining her expertise as a CPA and as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner she helps clients see “the big picture” and assists them in minimizing their tax liability through careful planning.
Beverly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from NC State University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Richmond. She has over twenty years of experience and holds the following professional designations:
- CPA (Certified Public Accountant) since 1993
- CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner since 2003
Paul A. Presti, an Investment Advisor Representative of Fund Management Corp (owned by Highland), brings with him over 30 years of experience in investments and securities. Mr. Presti received a B.S. in Social Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1972. From August, 1974 to May, 1983 his experience consisted of management and sales with Central Wisconsin Agencies. From May, 1983 until January, 1984, Mr. Presti was an Investment Advisor. In 1984, Mr. Presti founded Fund Management Corp (FMC). In November 2014, FMC became part of Highland.