Laura began her lifelong career at Allen & Company as one of the youngest Financial Advisors in Florida more than 30 years ago.
A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Laura joined Allen & Company in 1983 and now serves as the Chairperson of the Executive Committee. Laura played a crucial role in establishing the Viera office and served as Branch Manager until 2015.
Laura’s holistic approach to financial planning, and her passion for teaching financial wellness, stems from her time as an adjunct professor at both Florida Southern College and Polk State College. Her strong desire to help people pursue financial independence also led to a partnership with Hall Communications to create a popular radio talk show, Dollars and Sense, that has educated thousands of listeners weekly for more than 25 years.
An Ohio native, Laura is a longtime leader in the Lakeland community. She has served on the board at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Good Shepherd Hospice, the Bethany Center, as well as the City of Lakeland Civil Service and Pension Boards. She is a Leadership Lakeland graduate and serves on the Alumni Board. Laura sits on the board of directors of Lakeland Regional Medical Center, the Givewell Community Foundation, the Florida Securities Dealers Association and is a member of the National Institute of Certified Financial Planners.
As rewarding as her professional life is, Laura’s greatest joy is in spending time with her husband, family and friends. Learning and travel have always fascinated Laura. The personal experience of unique cuisines and distinct cultures continues to be a great source of enjoyment. The time she and her husband have spent traveling both here and abroad has provided them with wonderful and irreplaceable memories.
Laura Hawley holds the Series 7 and 24 registrations with LPL Financial, and the Series 66 registration with both LPL Financial and Allen & Company. She also holds her life, health and variable annuities insurance licenses.