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W. Louis Herford



Early in my life, I learned how the lack of a strategic business succession plan caused my family to lose its business to estate taxes. My commitment is to help my clients attain all the financial goals that are important to them and to avoid such consequences.

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Louis began his career as a financial representative in 1981 with Northwestern Mutual Life. He was drawn to the Financial Services Industry from hearing about the stories of his Grandfather’s early death and the liquidation of the family business due to a lack of proper succession and estate planning

Louis has come a long way since then, gaining more knowledge and experience culminating with little-known alternative strategies and instruments that many successful clients include in their financial plans.

Louis, a proud Grandfather, was born and raised in Guilford County, and has lived and worked in the Carolinas his whole life.  After the UNCC Forty-Niners made their Cinderella run to the Final Four in ’77, he visited Charlotte and loved it so much, he stuck around and in 1981 graduated from UNCC with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Finance.  He also met his lovely bride, Roxanne, an ECU grad in early Childhood Education and they got married in August 1981.

He attained his CLU® (Chartered Life Underwriter) designation in 1985 and his ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant) designation in 1991. He brings a holistic approach to business planning and wealth management strategies and has extensive knowledge in the area of business succession strategies, 1031 & 1033 exchanges with DST's, little-known portfolio diversification investments, memory money, and 401k’s.

In September of 2006, Louis joined Thompson Financial Group as a Financial Adviser and Registered Representative, concentrating on Strategic Planning for mid-sized family owned businesses. He developed specialized strategies in Succession and Estate Conservation with industry experience in Independent Pharmacy Owners, Physician and Dental Practices, and Manufacturing.

Louis and Roxanne live in Charlotte and are blessed that their two sons, Patrick and Robert, and their families also live in Charlotte. Their two wonderful sons, born almost exactly 4 years apart are successful in their own right.  Patrick a graduate of UNC, an executive with Brighthouse Financial, is married to his high school sweetheart, Ashley, also a graduate of UNC and graduate of the MAC program at UNC Kenan-Flagler.  They are blessed with twins Ethan & Lily, and little brother Andrew.  Robert a graduate of USC, a practicing attorney with The Law Offices of Ted A. Greve & Associates, is married to his wonderful wife from Florence, SC, Macaira, who is also a graduate from USC and recently named as one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. In 2021, "Miss Claire" came into the happy couples lives to round out their family.  Both boys are Louis’ favorite golf partners. Regretfully, both can now drive the ball farther than their old man but guess who can chip and putt better.

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Lynn Wieland

Director of Client Services


Lynn is the Director of Client Services at Exclusive Financial Resources. In her role, Lynn is deeply committed to ensuring a successful outcome for every client

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Lynn has worked in the financial industry for 8 years. She has a broad range of experience in the financial industry ranging from registered assistant at Merrill Lynch to Senior Financial Analyst at Bank of America. Lynn’s attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and commitment to helping others makes her well suited to serve each client.

Lynn serves as a key strategic liaison and project manager, partnering with clients in all aspects of culture-shaping engagements to ensure a successful outcome. She enjoys this diverse experience and is rewarded by the friendships and business partnerships she makes. Lynn feels privileged to work with organizations and people to make a difference.

Lynn resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Brian, and has 1 child. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in family events, gardening, and enjoys a healthy and active lifestyle.

UNC Chapel Hill ’95, B.A. Economics & Psychology
MBA ’00 (concentration in finance), Wake Forest University

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Randolph B. Autrey


I take pride in the ability to proactively work with business owners and families to help ensure they have a safe and secure financial future.

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Randy is a native Charlottean, a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill, and a U.S. Army Veteran. Married to his beautiful wife Brenda since 1967, he has two sons and four grandchildren. Away from the office, he enjoys cooking, golfing, and spending time with his family.

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Nicole Simeon

Senior Coordinator


Nicole has enjoyed taking on the role as Senior Coordinator with Exclusive Financial Resources. Her attention to detail and process improvement skills make her a great fit for our company.

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Nicole graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She worked in the retail industry as a business analyst before moving to Japan for a year with her family. During that time, she taught English to Japanese women, as well as traveled around the country with her family.

Nicole currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her three kids, husband, and dog "Zeke". In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and spending time outdoors.

The Ohio State University '14: BA - Industrial and Systems Engineering

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Tom Fink

Director of Operations


Tom possess a determination to drive the success of an organization through innovative ideas, measurable results, and overall accountability.

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Through thoughtfulness in his leadership approach, he is committed to fostering and strengthening working relationships that lead to achieving and surpassing company goals. He’s a professional with comprehensive experience leading teams. managing annual budgets and developing business strategies.

Tom served in the US Navy for four years after High School, and then another 28 years in production and manufacturing management. When he moved to North Carolina in 2015, he made the decision to go back to school and get his bachelor’s degree in accounting online at Southern New Hampshire University. Tom’s very proud of all of his accomplishments especially his family which includes his two daughters, his son and his granddaughters and grandson. Tom currently lives in Monroe with his girlfriend of 16 years and their three Italian Greyhounds, Gio, Rico and Paolo.