Riley Brown Cordell, RIS – "Brownie"


Brownie is a Senior Wealth Manager for Kiely Wealth Advisory Group and manager of the Sunset Beach, NC branch that services the Wilmington, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC area.  He is a registered investment advisor and his responsibilities include advising his clients on their portfolio investments, acting as a liaison for all our mutual fund managers; helping coordinate The Kiely Group’s investment committee; providing timely updates on our managers performance and dealing with all of the administrative duties at the Sunset Beach branch office.

A native South Carolinian, Brownie earned his B.A. degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC in 1965. While in school Brownie played football and was a kicking specialist for the Paladins. After graduation, Brownie joined the management of Sears, Roebuck and Co, where he spent 28 years in 8 different locations with Sears prior to accepting an early retirement. Since that time, he has worked with Lowe’s Home Centers, Brody Bros. Dry Goods Co., Saks Incorporated and the Kiely Wealth Advisory Group.

After seeing Dr. Kiely speak in 1996, Brownie joined the firm in 1999, after passing the Uniform Investors Exam and becoming a registered investment advisor. Since that time, Brownie single-handedly built up a branch office to service retirees in the coastal region. His knowledge of the Health Care industry along with his understanding of the issues seniors deal with in retirement has made him a valuable asset to the firm as well as to his peers. Recently, Brownie earned a Retirement Income Specialist designation from the Institute of Business and Finance in La Jolla, California which deals strictly with retirement issues.

Brownie began investing over 25 years ago and enjoys sharing his knowledge with other potential investors. He has conducted numerous educational seminars which have empowered individuals to take control of their financial future. Brownie’s main objective at The Kiely Group is to continue educating individuals about investment opportunities and developing relationships built on integrity and trust.

A native of Greenville, SC, Brownie and his wife Donna have a daughter, two sons, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Brownie enjoys fishing, golfing, walking, traveling, and reading in his leisure time. Not surprisingly, Brownie also loves football in the fall.

"For years I searched for an investment advisory firm that would manage my investment portfolio in a way that made me feel as though my interests came first. When I saw Dr. Kiely speak and educate, I knew I had found the advisory firm I was looking for…and I knew I had found my new calling. Some people play golf when they retire. Others walk and travel. After a management career in retail, I am now doing what I have always loved, which is helping people attain their financial goals. After over a decade with the firm, I could not be happier!"

Joseph Kiely, Ph.D. Scott Below, Ph.D. Katie Burr Kellie Kiely

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