Your Trusted Team
Mark is the Managing Member of Russell Financial Advisors, LLC and has been active in the financial planning community since 1987. For Mark, a strong attention to detail in order to understand his client’s goals is the driving force that builds long-term relationships. His passion is assisting individuals, families and small businesses in developing and expediting their total financial roadmap through education and confident decision-making. Mark coordinates the various pieces of the financial puzzle by aligning investment management, risk protection, estate planning and most importantly, client confidence.
Before beginning his career in financial services, Mark worked for his family’s business at Coleman-Russell Associates, Inc. in Birmingham, AL. In 1985, Mark entered the life insurance business after realizing the complexities involved in choosing insurance through personal experience. After working for two years for a well-established A+ life insurance firm, Mark joined a regional financial planning firm where he remained until 2004. Following this experience, he became one of five founding partners of FPH Financial Services LLC. In 2012, Mark and Charles Shaver III took control of the investment planning and wealth management portfolio of the firm. In 2016, FPH Financial Services was branded Russell Financial Advisors. Under Mark’s leadership, the firm consists of an operations manager and two additional financial advisors.
Mark’s education began at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and continued at the University of North Alabama (UNA) in Florence, AL with a primary focus in communication arts and management.
Mark is involved with several local non-profit agencies and organizations. He and his wife, Jayne, have two children, Alex and Maddie, plus Drake, the family yellow Labrador retriever.
John is a financial advisor with Russell Financial Advisors LLC, bringing more than 20 years of experience to the team. He began his career at A.G. Edwards, later joining FPH Financial Services LLC in October 2007.
John graduated from the University of North Alabama (UNA), majoring in marketing with a Bachelor of Business Administration. During his time at UNA, John was diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, a rare, genetic eye disease that resulted in the loss of his central vision. Despite this challenge John continued his studies, graduating in 1999. John now mentors others with visual impairments.
John and his wife Lori married in 2002. They are the parents to Hazel, a brown standard poodle. They enjoy traveling to New Orleans as often as they can, walking in their downtown neighborhood of Old Town, trying new recipes on their smoker, and spending time at their place in Mentone.
John is passionate about helping his clients pursue their financial goals. John’s philosophy is that you don’t have to have eyesight to have foresight!
Ty is a financial advisor with Russell Financial Advisors LLC, bringing 25 years of experience to the team. He began his career at First Financial Group/Lincoln Financial Advisors in 1998. After four years as a financial planner and two years as an advisor, Ty transitioned into wealth management as a Private Banker for AmSouth/Regions Bank. After advancing to Market President for Regions Bank, Ty rejoined Mark in the wealth management arena in 2017. Ty’s wide array of knowledge and experience in the financial services industry is a tremendous asset to his clients.
Ty graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration with a concentration in Investment Management. He also earned a minor in economics and computer science.
Ty and his wife Jennifer have two children, Kayleigh and Lawson, and serve at First Baptist Church in Arab. They all enjoy traveling together and Ty is an avid outdoorsman.