Lynn Phillips-Gaines, CFP®, CLTC | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ | Phillips Financial Starkville, MS. | Phillips Financial

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Lynn Phillips-Gaines

CFP®, CLTC

Registered Principal

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional

When Lynn joined the financial services industry in 1982, she quickly recognized that the best way to help clients was to serve them with the objectivity and freedom that comes with independence. By 1984, she had opened her own independent practice, which has lasted for nearly 40 years and manages over $200 million in assets for its clients (as of December 2019). Today, Lynn believes her major achievements still lie ahead.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, Lynn received a master’s from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her commitment to education has grown along with her career, and she holds several professional certifications, including CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner (1987), and is certified in Long Term Care (2006). She has also earned the Investment Management Consultant designation, which signifies her competence in investment management theory and consulting practices through Raymond James Institute of Investment Management Consulting.

Lynn was certified in March of 2011 as a trainer for Bridges Out of Poverty. With this under her belt, she has organized the Bridges out of Poverty initiative for Starkville, resulting in 5 classes of “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World,” having graduated since October 2011.

Lynn has been recognized locally and nationally as follows:

  • 2021 Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors** since the inception of the recognition (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).
  • 2021 Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisors List **** for six consecutive years.
  • 2021 Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors*** for five consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. The ranking named the top female financial advisors from coast to coast. Being amongst this group, Phillips-Gaines is recognized for the quality of her practice and asset management. In addition to credentials and quantitative ranking, this list is determined by qualitative ranking, which includes advisors that excel in providing a full client experience: comprehensive investing process, use of team dynamics, and a breadth of services, including continually evolving and leveraging the firm’s resources.
  • InvestmentNews 2018 Women to Watch*. As one of the twenty prestigious honorees of the InvestmentNews’ Women to Watch list, she was chosen from several hundred nominations for her leadership, contributions, and impact in the financial advice industry.
  • Raymond James Financial ServicesWoman of Distinction 2015. This award recognizes successful advisors within the firm who support the professional growth of other advisors and associates.
  • The Women’s Giving Circle founding member (in association with the Raymond James Network for Women Advisors), which aims at encouraging more women in the financial planning profession.
  • 2015 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Building Sustainable Community Solutions. Volunteer Starkville was quoted saying, “It is evident in Oktibbeha County that Lynn Phillips-Gaines is a catalyst for positive change within the community. Her humble but ambitious nature shows in all of the work she has been a part of, and that is why she was awarded the GIVE Award.
  • REP Magazine’s 2015 Wealth Advisors with Heart****** which honor advisors who put sweat equity into philanthropic and charitable causes.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year by the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation. Prizes for this award included a $20,000 donation from the foundation to Starkville Bridges, opening the NASDAQ Market in New York City, and the display of the Starkville Bridges logo on the NASDAQ Building in Times Square.
  • E. Veitch Community Service Award 2013 (the highest award given by the Greater Starkville Development Partnership)
  • Rotary Community Service Award. 2013

Past involvements have included: Starkville Rotary Club officer and past board member, Business and Professional Women, MSU Oktibbeha County Alumna Association, and Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Authority. Supporting: Oktibbeha County Humane Society, Mississippi State University, Alpha Gamma Delta, The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, and Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity. Lynn is a member of Whirly Girls, a worldwide fellowship of female helicopter pilots. She is also a lifetime member of the NAACP.

Lynn has concentrated her efforts on her Bridges out of Poverty initiative, which she began in 2011. Lynn served as a women’s chaplain at the local jail. She has studied religious studies at Oxford University’s Wadham College and was ordained to the diaconate within the Episcopal Church in January 2011.

Outside of work and community life, Lynn thoroughly enjoys flying helicopters and alpine (downhill) skiing. Lynn’s husband, Russell, and his black lab, Early, spoil her! Lynn loves meeting and learning about the people she meets.

* InvestmentNews’ 2018 Women to Watch: InvestmentNews is the leading source for news, analysis and information essential to the financial advisory community. Since 1998, our standard of editorial excellence and deep industry knowledge has allowed us to educate, inform and engage the most influential financial advisers. Through our weekly newspaper, website, newsletters, research, events, videos and webcasts, InvestmentNews provides exclusive and up-to-the-minute news, as well as actionable intelligence, that empowers financial advisers to serve their clients and run their businesses more effectively whenever, however and wherever they need it. InvestmentNews’ headquarters is located in New York, with offices in Chicago and Washington D.C. InvestmentNews is part of London-based Bonhill Group plc. InvestmentNews Women to Watch submissions were accepted and reviewed based on the following criteria: demonstration of success and leadership, power to effect change, willingness to share expertise and community service. Several hundred were nominated by their firms and the top 20 selected by the Investment news staff. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, and is not indicative of advisor’s future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Investment News is not affiliated with Raymond James.

**The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of approximately 32,725 nominations, more than 5,000 advisors received the award. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. Please visit https://www.forbes.com/best-in-state-wealth-advisors for more info. for more information

‍***The Forbes ranking of America’s Top 1,000 Women Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of 7 years of experience and weighing factors like revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Research Summary (as of February 2021): 32,810 nominations were received based on thresholds (9,785 women) and 1,000 won. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. Please visit https://www.forbes.com/top-women-advisors for more information.

*** Barron’s is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, L.P. All rights reserved. The rankings are based on data provided by over 5,000 individual advisors and their firms and include qualitative and quantitative criteria. Factors included in the rankings: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. Investment performance is not an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients’ risk tolerance than by an advisor’s investment picking abilities. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor’s future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Barron’s is not affiliated with Raymond James.  

***** Raymond James Chairman’s Council: Membership is based on prior fiscal year production. Re-qualification is required annually. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisors future performance. No fee is paid in exchange for this award/rating. 

****** Wealth Management.com’s Advisors with Heart: Wealth Management.com (Registered Rep Magazine) selects men and women in the industry whose commitment to charitable causes goes beyond simply contributing funds to a worthy organization by honoring select nominees with a passion for the charitable projects that benefit the world around them. In order to be considered for this honor a nominee or a nominee’s firm submitted their name to Wealth Management.com. The editors at the publication then vetted the entrants and issued a judgement based upon which industry professionals are doing the most interesting, beneficial charitable work in their communities. Approximately 100 nominations were received this year (2015), of those only 10 nominees were bestowed with this honor. This award is bestowed by an independent third party not affiliated with Raymond James. Neither the advisor nor Raymond James has paid a fee in exchange for this award. This recognition is not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience.

Raymond James is not affiliated with any of the organizations mentioned above. These awards are bestowed by independent third-party organizations not affiliated with Raymond James.

Non-Financial Related Awards: These rankings or awards are not based in anyway on the individual’s abilities in regards to providing investment advice or management. These rankings or awards are not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience. Raymond James is not affiliated with the various listed outside organizations or awards.

The Investment Management Consultation designation is awarded to those who complete the Raymond James Institute of Investment Management Consulting program.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP©, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Lynn’s Awards

Phillips-Gaines Named to National 2020 Top Advisors Lists

Recognition in The Wall Street Journal – Barron’s Top 1200 Advisors

Lynn Phillips-Gaines Ranked Among Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors

Lynn Phillips-Gaines Named One of InvestmentNews’ Women to Watch

Lynn Phillips-Gaines Ranked Among Forbes Top 200 Women Wealth Advisors