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Mitch Settle

Financial Consultant / Senior Vice President
(270) 926-4747

Mitch Settle is a Senior Vice President at Hilliard Lyons. He began his career in 1986 working with his father, Roy Settle. Mitch holds the Chartered Wealth Advisor® (CWA®) designation, which is awarded only to Hilliard Lyons Financial Consultants who have completed an extensive program concerning the varied aspects of wealth management. The program includes classroom study, self-study, case studies, periodic testing and a comprehensive final exam over the course of six months. He has been a member of the Hilliard Lyons CEO Council since 1990. Continuing the tradition of excellence, Mitch developed The Settle Group of Hilliard Lyons, a team of licensed and trained professionals to assist him in his mission of helping clients build and maintain wealth. With a combination of more than 55 years of investment experience, Mitch and the Settle Group of Hilliard Lyons focuses on building strong, long-term relationships to carry over to future generations. The Group's objective is to provide integrity, commitment and trust to every client experience. Mitch is passionate about his job. He wants to help his clients make educated investment decisions in all aspects of their lives.

Mitch has been listed as one of the “Top 1000 Financial Advisors” in Barron’s magazine for four consecutive years, as well as one of the “Top 5 Financial Advisors in Kentucky.”  In addition, he has been ranked by the Financial Times as one of the "Top 400 Advisors" in America.

Mitch is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College where he served as Chairman of the Board from 2009 – 2011. He was most recently awarded the Outstanding Alumnus by the Kentucky Wesleyan Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Executive Board of First Security Bank, and The George Greenwell Charitable Foundation. He is a member of the Owensboro Estate Planning Council.

In addition to a love and interest of helping clients pursue their financial goals, Mitch enjoys sports cars and running.  He has been an avid runner for 40 years. He participates in and sponsors races throughout the community. Mitch and his wife, Kim, enjoy spending time supporting their two daughters in cross country meets and dance competitions.
Shannon Raines

Financial Associate

With over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry, Shannon specializes in Retirement Planning including IRAs, and 401(k) Plans for businesses.  Shannon holds an advanced designation as a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist, working with business owners to offer retirement benefits for their employees.  Her experience in portfolio analysis assures the high level of service that we believe is necessary in today’s sophisticated financial environment.  In addition, she meets with clients and their families to conduct portfolio reviews and calls clients with investment ideas.  She excels in helping clients develop strategies for meeting their retirement goals so they can do the things they want TO DO IN RETIREMENT. 


Shannon graduated with Honors from the University of Kentucky with degrees in business finance and business management, and received her MBA through Murray State University. 


Shannon is involved in many community organizations including the Owensboro Estate Planning Council (past President), March of Dimes (Board Member), Daviess County Rotary Club, Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission Board of Adjustment (past board member), University of Kentucky Alumni Association, and BridgePointe Church.


Shannon and her husband, Andy, have two daughters: Mallory and Natalie.  They enjoy being outside, biking, running, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

Tara Estes

Registered Client Service Associate II
(800) 588-1598

Tara has been in the financial industry for over 20 years.  She holds her Series 6, 7, 63, and insurance licenses. Tara joined The Settle Group in 2010, after spending 17 years at JP Morgan Chase. She specializes in annuities and Retirement Income Planning, which allows our income-oriented clients to find the right strategy to meet their needs.  Tara performs portfolio reviews and collaborates with Mitch Settle in realizing your financial plan.  Her vast experience in the financial industry has proven to be an invaluable asset to the quality of service we provide to our clients.  Tara is a member of The Owensboro Estate Planning Council. 

Tara, and her husband, Travis, reside in Owensboro with their two dogs.  They enjoy traveling and the Performing Arts. She is passionate about raising money and awareness for local charities. Tara serves on the Board of Directors of Girl’s Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys singing and acting in community theatre productions.
Jenny Wathen

Registered Client Service Associate II
(270) 926-4747

Jenny has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry.  She joined Hilliard Lyons in 1998 and obtained her series 7 and 66 license. Jenny is our trouble-shooter to provide administrative support and ensure our smooth operation.  Her role is supporting the team members by preparing, processing, and tracking all paperwork and service issues. During tax time, Jenny works closely with our client’s CPA, to ensure the tax information needed is correct and received in a timely manner.  Jenny enjoys developing client relationships and prides herself on delivering superior client service, serving a vital role in the success of our group.

Jenny is an avid reader.  In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her husband, Keith, and their two children, Shelby and Kasey.

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