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Phone: (501) 690-2474

Richard L. Patterson

For more than 40 years, Dick has been helping his clients in financial, business, and estate planning. He has been affiliated with New York Life for over 40 years. He is a member agent of The Nautilus Group, an exclusive, advanced planning team for estate conservation and business continuation strategies. The Nautilus Group, a service of New York Life Insurance Company, is only open to approximately 220 of the company’s more than 10,000 agents.

Dick currently holds a Series 6, 63 and 7. He is an Investment Adviser Representative with Eagle Strategies LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser and a Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC), a licensed insurance agency.

Dick is a member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU). The mission for AALU is to promote, preserve and protect advanced life insurance planning for the benefit of our members, their clients, the industry and the general public. He is also a member of the Central Arkansas Estate Council, a group dedicated to ongoing education involving trust, estate, and investment issues.

Dick has earned numerous industry and company achievements, including Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table* and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Financial Service Professionals. He has also served as President for the Arkansas Chapter of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters®. Most recently, he was recognized as New York Life Arkansas Associate of the Year 2012.

Dick has been involved in many civic activities, including the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and State Chairman for the March of Dimes. He has also served as President for organizations including RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Central Arkansas and the High Noon Toastmasters Club where he earned the Distinguished Toastmaster designation.

Dick is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. He has also completed the extensive studies necessary to earn the Chartered Life Underwriter's (CLU®), the Chartered Financial Consultant’s (ChFC®) and the Accredited Retirement Plan Consultant’s (ARPC) designations.

Dick has been married to Suzanne for 46 years. They have three children, Christopher, Jonathan, and Bethany… and 5 grandchildren.

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Tom Griffith

Tom Griffith works on PFG marketing, the Wealth Management Financial Planning System, customer service and computer systems support. He has been with Patterson Financial Group for 3 years where he applies his management and systems experience to help meet the needs of PFG’s clients.

“It’s great to work with Dick. I met him when we were in the fifth grade in Cincinnati. We played on the same baseball teams and we were classmates through high school.”

Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the University of Cincinnati. He also completed business courses in the University of Michigan Executive Education Program. He has 40 years of experience in information technology encompassing positions from computer operator to systems design/development/implementation to project manager to director of information technology. He has been employed by Procter and Gamble, Sun Chemical Corp., Airborne Express (ABX Air), Belcan Engineering, Air Transport International, and ClearPointe Technology.

Tom is the proud husband of Meg, the proud father of Richard and Mark and the proud grandfather of 5.

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Judy Potter

Judy Potter is the office manager for the firm. She has over 40 years of insurance experience in the areas of process management, customer service, benefits and organization. Judy has been with Dick for over 5 years and is very knowledgeable about how to get things done for the client in an efficient manner. She always has a very positive attitude and takes pride in making sure that the needs of the clients are met. Judy has been married to Larry for 40 years and has three children and 2 grandchildren. Judy is an avid NASCAR fan and attends several races each year. Spare time is spent watching husband race dirt late models and watching grandchildren play baseball and softball.

*MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.