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Scott Biermann

Wealth Management Advisor

Scott Biermann

Wealth Management Advisor

scott@hawthornewealth.com | 314-696-2388

Having advised both institutional and retail clients for 30 years, Scott brings a capital markets-focused approach to his core planning activities at Hawthorne Financial. Prior to joining Hawthorne in 2013, Scott spent 15 years working as a Senior Vice President of Fidelity Investment Institutional Services Company, marketing the firm's extensive product platform to many of the Midwest's most notable investment advisory groups. Applying Fidelity's vast technical resources within the advisory community has allowed Scott to develop a sophisticated investment advisory model blending credit markets and macro trends into individual and corporate client circumstance.

Prior to his work with Fidelity, Scott spent 10 years as a registered principal and regional manager with Woodbury Financial Services and Cigna Financial Advisors.

Scott received a Finance Degree from Eastern Illinois University and holds series 7, 63, 65, 22 and 24 securities, life and health licenses.

Scott serves on the Board of Directors for "Friends of Kids with Cancer", a local charity with a multimillion dollar endowment.

When not working with his clients, Scott spends much of his free time with his family and looking after his farm. He enjoys traveling, golf, biking and running, and lives in Clayton with his wife, Katrina.

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Dennis Hennessy

Wealth Management Advisor

Dennis Hennessy

Wealth Management Advisor

dennis@hawthornewealth.com | 314-721-3187

Dennis has been working in the financial services industry since 1975.  First learning the life and health insurance marketplace he moved early on into the qualified plan business.  As an agent and a registered representative, Dennis concentrated on qualified retirement plan design, administration and funding.  For 17 years, Dennis built a successful practice concentrating in the areas of financial planning, wealth management and investment & insurance consulting.  In 1992 Dennis co-founded Hawthorne Financial, where he continues to build his practice.  Dennis earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has also earned his CLU designation from the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA.  Dennis is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Investment Management Consultants Association.  Non-work interests include having served on numerous charitable association boards, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The St. Louis Blues 14 Fund.  Dennis and his wife reside in Clayton, MO.

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Bill Greene

Wealth Management Advisor

Bill Greene

Wealth Management Advisor

bill@hawthornewealth.com | 314-260-7525

Bill has been working in the financial services industry since 1986. Prior to joining Hawthorne Financial, he was a Vice President and Financial Consultant for Fidelity Investments Private Client Group where he was responsible for over 400 households and over $1.5 billion of assets. He has helped his clients navigate the complexities of financial planning by drawing from his vast experiences as a retirement consultant at Fidelity Investments. Additionally, Bill's clients gain from his prior investment experience as a portfolio manager and futures and options trader with Advance Data Corporation and Verdi Bach Partnership. His true passion for investing relies on both technical and fundamental analysis when creating portfolios and managing risk for his clients all coordinated under a comprehensive financial plan.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Webster University and maintains his series 7, 9, 10, 63 and 66 securities licenses as well as his insurance license.

Bill lives in Town & Country with his wife Lisa and enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid golfer and musician and has played for organizations such as Pianos for People, Life Skills and other local charities.

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Nick Hendrix

Wealth Management Advisor

Nick Hendrix

Wealth Management Advisor

nick@hawthornewealth.com | 314-256-9897

Nick has been working in the financial services industry since 1993. Prior to joining Hawthorne Financial, he was a Vice President and Financial Consultant with Fidelity Investments Private Client Group where he was responsible for 558 households and one billion in assets. In his 25-year career with Fidelity, he has helped his clients with the complexities of financial planning by drawing on his education, experience and background as a Certified Financial Planner®. His true passion is in working with clients to develop a financial plan and design a portfolio strategy to help achieve their goals, while at the same time being flexible to changing market and economic conditions. 

Nick earned dual undergraduate degrees in economics and business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Missouri - St Louis. While an undergraduate, he also earned a Pierre Laclede Honors Certificate. He also earned a masters in economics from UMSL. He earned his Certified Financial Planner® designation in May of 2006 and holds a series 7, 8, 63, 66 securities, life and health licenses. He has also passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam. 

Nick lives in Saint Charles with his wife Elena and their two small children. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hiking, fishing, and spending time at their farm.


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Jay Fox

Wealth Management Advisor

Jay Fox

Wealth Management Advisor

jay@hawthornewealth.com | 314-378-8183

Jay has the foresight to plan for each client’s ideal future, and translate the risks and opportunities they will face, personally and financially. He has a vision for what the marketplace can bring to his clients, and how their investment portfolio can benefit from it.  

“You’re going to retire someday! We help people retire every day!” 

Growing up, Jay was completely intrigued with the stock market and became an advisor because he has a true passion for helping his clients retire with peace of mind. He enjoys helping clients understand what their resources and money can do for them, when they set goals and follow them.

Jay spent 11 years in the financial services industry before coming to Hawthorne Financial. He enjoys advising with an unbiased approach and having a fiduciary responsibility to his clients. He feels that working as an independent financial planner allows him to give his clients the best unbiased advice and opportunity to achieve their financial goals.  In working together with clients, an important part of Jay’s work is to help create a better quality of life for their family and future generations.

Jay has a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from St. Louis University. Jay holds his Series 65 license and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. To earn his CFP®, Jay completed a rigorous training program and passed a comprehensive exam.

Jay and his wife, Becca, currently reside in Wildwood and have two sons and a daughter. The family loves sports, the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. Jay and Becca have a 501c3 organization called SafePacks, and have voluntarily fostered children through the Safe Families organization in the city of St. Louis. 
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Karen Hyde

Controller

Karen Hyde

Controller

karenhyde@hawthornewealth.com | 314-721-0800

Karen Hyde is the Controller at Hawthorne Financial. She has worked for Hawthorne since 2007. Before coming on board here, Karen was the Treasurer of a local Auto Leasing Company since 1985.

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Abby Clayton

Director of Client Services

Abby Clayton

Director of Client Services

abby@hawthornewealth.com | 314-390-0863

Abby Clayton joined Hawthorne Financial in 2018 as our Director of Client Services. She previously worked in the back office of a broker dealer and brings over 12 years of experience in the financial industry. She understands the importance of securities transactions and is eager to help our clients.

When not working Abby enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids. She also likes being outside and cooking.

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Margaret O'Neal

Director of Client Services

Margaret O'Neal

Director of Client Services

margaret@hawthornewealth.com | 314-721-3179

Margaret O'Neal serves as the Director of Client Services for Jay Fox, Scott Biermann, and Dennis Hennessy. Her primary focus areas include client education, leading client growth initiatives, and operational tasks that contribute directly to a first-class client experience. 

 She is passionate about building strong relationships, and helping clients execute important tasks as it relates to building and maintaining comprehensive financial plans. 

 Margaret graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She currently lives in Webster Groves, Missouri. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is passionate about exploring the outdoors, maintaining a high level of physical fitness, and a continuous student of personal growth.