Who We Are


Our Story

Franklin-Lavery & Associates, Inc. was founded in January of 1989 by Kirk Franklin and Mike Lavery. After spending the majority of their careers in banking, Kirk and Mike decided to use their collective financial expertise to enter into the investment business, expanding the services offered to the many clients they had served over their careers.

In 1994 Mike’s son, John Lavery, joined the firm with a background in public accounting.  In 2000, Chris Mackenzie came on board after a career in the military and with a major corporation. After a successful career, Kirk retired in 2002 and Mike retired in 2011.  Today, our group of registered advisors and talented staff work together in advising more than 1,000 clients.

Since 1990, we have been associated with Investment Planners, Inc. of Decatur, Illinois as our broker/dealer. This long-standing relationship has enabled us to provide a steady, consistent approach to meet the needs of our clients. The high-caliber team at Investment Planners, Inc. shares our values in serving our client’s needs.

At IPI, we offer sophisticated solutions to meet the needs of our clients. We advise many clients on estate issues, building funds for education, and providing for retirement through the use of investment vehicles, such as managed money, mutual funds, alternative investments, stocks, and bonds. We use these tools to address issues specific to the individual client, including long-term planning, sensitivity to taxes and investment volatility.

We are here to serve the complex needs of high quality clients and their families.

Your Team

Chris Mackenzie

Chris Mackenzie RLP ®

Partner - Senior Lead Advisor
John Lavery

John Lavery CPWA ®

Managing Partner
Garrick Batley

Garrick Batley MS, CFP®

Partner - Senior Lead Advisor
Kent Stegeman

Kent Stegeman, MBA, AWMA®

Lead Advisor
Brad Henry

Brad Henry

Director of Operations
Philip Wegman

Philip Wegman, CFP®, EA

Service Advisor
Julie Hess

Julie Baker

Director of Client Services
Jenn Talcott

Jenn Talcott, MBA

Client Services Associate