William J. Kearney, Jr.



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Mr. Kearney is the first-voice of FirsTrust


As a young student, Bill relocated from Detroit, Michigan to the east coast of Florida and never left. He feels fortunate to be the child of two loving parents, raised in a closely knitted hometown, and surrounded by coaches and teammates who taught him that a deeply rooted sense of community is an opportunity to become part of something greater than just himself.

Career In Finance:

After earning a degree from Florida Institute of Technology and a few years playing professional baseball, Bill pursued a career as a "financial advisor" with one of the country’s largest financial service firms.

He soon learned that it was a sales position.

Acquiring a solid technical education and working directly with consumers was only half of Bill's career goal. Philosophically, and realistically, he believes the tile "advisor" needs to be accompanied by an opportunity to objectively serve the client as their advocate; and that was impossible without becoming completely detached from the corporate sales agenda.

Bill's career path steered into a management role at TD Ameritrade Institutional where he provided support to independent financial advisors across the country. And that's where he met FirsTrust. bk5

In 2000, Bill joined FirsTrust as their Executive Officer and assumed the responsibility of pairing prospective new clients with the firm's FinancialTeam.

Today, Mr. Kearney is the President of FirsTrust and oversees the firm's day-to-day management. He still enjoys hearing the stories of how people arrived at different stages of their wealth, and he remains the initial point of contact for prospective new clients to help them determine the extent to which the FirsTrust difference can make a difference in their own lives.

Those who know him best will tell you Bill's engaging personality and genuine regard for other people makes him someone you can talk to for five minutes and feel like you've known your entire life. 


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Florida Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Science

Industry Experience:

Financial Advisor: American Express Financial Advisors

Financial Advisor: TD Ameritrade

Manager: TD Ameritrade Institutional

President: FirsTrust, LLC

Current Licenses & Associations:

Investment Advisor Representative: U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

Registered Financial Advisor: National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)

Personal note:

Bill played professional baseball with the Phillies Organization.