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Thomas B. Kessinger, III, CWA®

Managing Director


Upon graduation from the University of Kentucky in 1993 with a BS in accounting, Tom joined Hilliard Lyons, now Baird, as a Financial Consultant in the firm’s Lexington location. Tom became the third generation of his family to join Hilliard Lyons and was fortunate to work side by side with his grandfather from 1993 to 2008 when Tom Sr. retired. Throughout Tom’s career he has had the opportunity to invest in his education earning his Chartered Wealth Advisor ® designation in 2004 and graduating from the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton Business School in 2006. In 2017, Tom was named President of Hilliard Lyons until the firm merged with Baird in the fall of 2019. Tom now enjoys working with families, 501-c-3 organizations, and closely held businesses to provide solutions to complex financial situations.

Tom’s community involvement has included serving on numerous boards, including those of Worldwide Hearts & Hands, Lexington Philharmonic, The UK Gatton School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, and Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, where he served as board chair. Tom was also the Campaign Chairman of LexArts and Dynamic Doors.

Tom and his wife Amy have three children. 

Christopher Lee


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Chris was raised in Frankfort, KY. Upon graduating in 1999 from Hanover College with a Bachelor of Science in Business and minor in Economics, Chris went to work for Hilliard Lyons. Chris joined Tommy Kessinger in 2003 and later formed The Kessinger Lee Group in 2012. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 registrations and has over 20 years experience as a Financial Advisor.

In the community, Chris is an elder at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church and board member to Campus Outreach Lexington.

Chris and his wife, Marte, have four children. in his free time he enjoys playing golf, basketball and coaching and playing soccer.

Ben Kessinger

Vice President

(859) 219-4279

Ben Kessinger was born and raised in Lexington, KY. He is a third generation Wealth Advisor with Hillard Lyons, along with his brother Tom. Ben graduated from University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and after managing bloodstock portfolios and racing syndicates for seven years, joined the Kessinger-Lee Financial Group in 2011. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 registrations.

Through the years, Ben has served on the Legacy Council with University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation and volunteered with Step-by-Step as an event committee member.

Ben and his wife Christie have two children and he enjoys golf, tennis, and skiing in his free time.

Kelly Haley


With 40+ years in the Finance Industry, Kelly joins our team from MassMutual.  He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. HIs will serve as a consultant with his knowledge of investment & insurance strategies, along with estate planning.

Kim Hacker

Senior Client Specialist

(859) 219-4287


Kim Hacker is a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky.  She has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry. Kim has been with Hilliard Lyons, and now Baird, for seven years as a Registered Client Service Associate.  She obtained her Series 7 and Series 63 in 2003 and 2004 respectively.  Kim is a High Net Worth Administrator who handles Complex Account Openings, Trades, Account Maintenance, and ACAT transfers for the Kessinger Lee Group.  She also serves on the Client Service Associate Council. 

Ashley Campbell

Client Assistant

(859) 219-4292


Ashley Campbell is a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky.  She attended both Georgetown College and Eastern Kentucky University.  She has 16 years of Client Service Experience, with 8 years of that experience, in the Financial Services Industry.  Ashley is a High Net Worth Administrator who handles Complex Account Openings (both Estate and Trust), ACAT Transfers, and Account Maintenance for the Kessinger-Lee Financial Group.

Amy Thompson

Client Assistant

(859) 219-4272

Amy is responsible for all phases of the client experience including: client relationship building, marketing, and account maintenance to assist the business activities on behalf of the Kessinger Lee Group.  Her responsibilities also include the coordinating and planning of Kessinger Lee events as well as the development and distribution of the quarterly newsletter.

Sally Gee

Client Assistant


Sally is an Evansville, IN native with 16 years of experience in the Financial Industry.  The previous 20 years she worked in the Legal Industry.  Sally is a high net worth administrator who handles complex account openings (both estate & trust), ACAT transfers, and account maintenance.