Barbara Blacklock is a recognized name in the financial services industry. She was one of Forbes’ America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors and was one of 500 financial advisors nationwide asked to participate in Barron’s Top Women Advisors Summit. In the October/November 2017 issue of Working Women's Magazine, she was recognized as a Top Wealth Advisor Mom. Blacklock is the founder of Blacklock Financial Strategies Group, which provides wealth management and financial advising services. According to Forbes, she manages around $286 million in total assets.
Blacklock grew up in Vergennes and joined A.G. Edwards after she graduated from Southern Illinois University. She was looking for a career that would match her skill set and found a good fit in financial services. She worked at A.G. Edwards for 22 years before it was purchased by Wells Fargo Advisors, and she eventually opened Blacklock Financial Strategies Group within the company Wells Fargo Advisors. She has offices in Carbondale, St. Louis, and Boca Raton, Florida, where she lives part of the time, but her main office with staff is located in Carbondale. As an SIU alumna, Blacklock continues to be a part of the university by being on the SIU External Advisory Board for the College of Business. In 2014 she was inducted into the SIU College of Business Hall of Fame.
Blacklock works with clients who want to grow and manage their wealth. “My practice is working to try to achieve the best scenario and portfolio for people at their risk tolerance and to manage their assets for growth as well as income. Everyone’s situation is a little bit different, so we tailor-make a financial strategy or plan for the individual, whether it be a small business, a family, a trust or a different kind of client,” said Blacklock. She believes that women have a lot to offer as financial advisors because they are attuned to meeting the needs of clients. The service aspect of the job is key, and women are often detail oriented and good listeners. She has helped to mentor women and young people by providing internships for students from SIU interested in the field. She thinks more people need to know that this is a great career for women, as they can be very successful and determine their own destiny.
Her family is very important to Blacklock. She enjoys spending her leisure time with them boating, traveling and appreciating the arts. Her daughters attend school in Florida and spend their summers in Southern Illinois with Blacklock and her husband. As someone who grew up in Southern Illinois, Blacklock appreciates the natural beauty and close-knit community of her home region.
“Southern Illinois is my home. It is a beautiful place. I have become attached to my clients over the years and became great friends with many. I love my staff and colleagues and really enjoy what I do. Building my practice in Southern Illinois has been a great opportunity. The relationship building, the outdoors, the arts at SIU, and having the opportunity to absorb and enjoy the lifestyle here has been the best parts of living here,” said Blacklock.