MEET OUR TEAM

THE SH&J TEAM

Sharkey, Howes & Javer has 8 CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals on our team who have a depth of knowledge and experience we offer our clients.

FINANCIAL ADVISORS

Eileen M. Sharkey, CFP®

Eileen M. Sharkey, CFP®

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Eileen is a principal of Sharkey, Howes & Javer, and began her career as an Actuary designing corporate pension and profit sharing plans. She discovered that advocating the necessity of lifelong planning was her passion and in 1978 she earned her CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, and began helping individuals and small businesses create personalized investment and retirement plans.

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Lawrence E. Howes, MBA, CFP®

Lawrence E. Howes, MBA, CFP®

MBA, CFP®

Lawrence Howes, MBA, CFP® is a founder and principal of Sharkey, Howes & Javer. He is the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Economist. He specializes in fixed income investments. Larry served on the Investment Committee of Pinnacol Assurance overseeing the management of its investments.

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Joel B. Javer, CLU, CFP®

Joel B. Javer, CLU, CFP®

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Joel B. Javer, CLU, CFP® is a principal of Sharkey, Howes & Javer where he chairs the investment department, and is in charge of equity and fixed income research. He is the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer and, in addition, he creates custom investment portfolios for individuals and pension plans. Colorado State University, in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), has enjoyed Joel’s presentations on investment planning at their semi-annual programs for many years.

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Karlton D. Childress, CFP®

Karlton D. Childress, CFP®

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Karlton joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in September of 2000 and became a shareholder of the firm in 2005. He currently serves on the firm’s Investment Committee and Financial Planning Committee. In preparing personal financial plans for clients, Karlton continually places a significant amount of emphasis on gaining the perspective of each individual client and addressing the “big picture.”

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Harold W. Kirschner, MBA, CFP®

Harold W. Kirschner, MBA, CFP®

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Harold joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in 2003 and became a shareholder on September 1, 2011. He sits on the firm’s Investment Committee, is a member of the firm’s Investment Department, and handles Compliance for SH&J. He has been providing personal financial planning and investment management services to clients since 1998.

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Julie Fletcher, CFP®

Julie Fletcher, CFP®

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Julie joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer as a financial advisor in 2013. Julie enjoys helping clients make sound financial decisions. Julie has enjoyed the Financial Services profession for nine years. She is committed to the client’s best interest and helping clients find purpose and clarity in their financial lives.

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Melissa J. Baldwin, CFP®

Melissa J. Baldwin, CFP®

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Melissa joined SH&J in January 2011. As the Financial Planning Coordinator, she is a prolific writer of Financial Plans for clients of the firm and assists with industry research. Currently, Melissa serves on the firm’s Financial Planning Committee and Investment Committee.

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Derek Van Calligan, RICP®, CFP®

Derek Van Calligan, RICP®, CFP®

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Derek Van Calligan, RICP®, CFP®, joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in August of 2017. Derek has been in the financial services industry since 2015. Before starting at Sharkey, Howes & Javer, he worked for wealth management firms in Minneapolis, MN and Milwaukee, WI.

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Claire O’Neill, CFP®

Claire O’Neill, CFP®

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Claire began her career in financial services in 2013 with a wealth planning team in Missouri, before moving to Denver in 2014 and joining a global asset management firm. She is excited to bring what she has learned in client service, portfolio analytics, and wealth planning to SH&J.

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SH&J SPECIALISTS

Scott Brookes, AIF®, Employer-Sponsored Plans

Scott Brookes, AIF®, Employer-Sponsored Plans

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Scott is the Director of Retirement Plan Services for Sharkey, Howes & Javer. Scott joined the firm in October, 2007 to help businesses research, establish and manage corporate retirement plans, such as 401k plans.

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Kay D. Sinclair

Kay D. Sinclair

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Kay joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in 2004 as a member of the client service team. Kay enjoys working with our clients and getting to know them. Her warmth and enthusiasm makes her beloved by our clients.

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Brittany D. Samples, MS

Brittany D. Samples, MS

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Brittany joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in April of 2014 as our Marketing Manager and Client Advocate. New to the finance industry, Brittany’s fresh perspective to marketing and strong client service background makes her a great addition to the SH&J team.

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Jessica Sare

Jessica Sare

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Jessica joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in 2011, and works in our Client Service department. Among many other things, Jessica assists with cash requests, transfer of assets, new accounts and scheduling appointments. She prides herself on being efficient and detail-oriented, which both our clients and our team members greatly appreciate.

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Kerry Poorman

Kerry Poorman

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Kerry takes primary responsibility for placing trades in clients’ accounts as well as managing the firm’s investment database. She is also in charge of the quarterly reports clients receive. Kerry brought 15 years of experience in the investment management industry when she joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in 2006.

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Jessica Sare

Jessica Sare

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Jessica joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in 2011, and works in our Client Service department. Among many other things, Jessica assists with cash requests, transfer of assets, new accounts and scheduling appointments. She prides herself on being efficient and detail-oriented, which both our clients and our team members greatly appreciate.

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Kerry Poorman

Kerry Poorman

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Kerry takes primary responsibility for placing trades in clients’ accounts as well as managing the firm’s investment database. She is also in charge of the quarterly reports clients receive. Kerry brought 15 years of experience in the investment management industry when she joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in 2006.

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