Broker Check

Our Team

Jeffrey O. Brown, CPA, CFP®

Registered Principal, LPL Financial

(615) 216-1331

Specializing in financial and estate planning, tax planning

Qualifications & Licensure:
Certified Public Accountant
General Securities Representative Licensed to sell securities and insurance products.
Member: TSCPA

A native of Rutherford County and a graduate of MTSU, Jeff has worked in the financial industry since 1985. With a background as a CPA and a CFO, Jeff started this financial services company in 1999 and has focused on giving good financial advice as well as great client support. 

In addition to work, Jeff is active in the Rutherford County community has served on several community boards including the Child Advocacy Center, Salvation Army, and DreamCatchers. Jeff is a graduate of Leadership Rutherford.  He is an avid Braves baseball fan and enjoys reading and WWII history.

Jeff and his wife, Kristina, have one son, Reid, and live in Murfreesboro with their three dogs.

Ben Leyhew, MBA

Wealth Advisor

(615) 216-1336

Specializing in investment and retirement planning

Qualifications & Licensure:
MBA, Finance
Series 7 General Securities Representative
Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law

Ben has been a financial advisor since 2003. He was born and raised in Murfreesboro and has an identical twin who is a minute older.
Ben played football, wrestled and ran cross country at Oakland High School. After high school, Ben graduated Magna Cum Laude with a
BBA in Finance from MTSU. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a MBA in Finance also from MTSU. Ben is a graduate of Leadership
Rutherford and the John O. Moseley Leadership School at Northwestern University.

Ben is an active member of the community and has volunteered as a Diplomat with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Board
Member of SAE Fraternity and worked on numerous projects and fundraisers for Oakland Athletic Projects, Inc. He has also volunteered
his time with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Children’s Miracle Network, Special Kids, MTMC Foundation, the Commonwealth
Society, and MTSU Blue Raider Athletic Association.

He was named as a member of Million Dollar Roundtable in 2008.

Ben enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, going to Tim’s Ford Lake, hunting, fishing, and attending sporting events. He is a loyal
supporter of MTSU, the Titans, Predators and UT Athletics. On Saturdays and Sundays in the Fall you will find him smoking meat and
tailgating with friends and family.

Ben is married to Blair Leyhew who is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Hospice care. They have one son, Samuel Wyatt, and twin daughters Eva and Emelia.  They are members of World Outreach Church.

Ben can be reached at (615) 216-1336 or


R. Peyton Herndon, MBA

Wealth Advisor


Qualifications & Licensure:
Series 7 General Securities Representative
Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law

Born and raised in Murfreesboro,  Peyton is a graduate of Blackman High School.  He obtained both a bachelor's and master's degree in business at Middle Tennessee State University, leading him to pursue his career in financial advising. Peyton is a dedicated wealth advisor with a passion for helping clients work toward their financial goals.

Beyond his professional achievements, Peyton finds joy in his personal life as well. He is happily married to Dr. Lane Herndon, an Optometrist in Murfreesboro. Peyton and his wife are members at First Baptist Church Murfreesboro. Together, they share their home with their Blue Heeler named Callie.

When Peyton isn't providing financial guidance to his clients, he can be found indulging in his favorite hobbies. Peyton is a season ticket holder and devoted fan of Blue Raider football. Peyton also enjoys playing golf, fishing, and showing off his 1972 Chevelle at car shows and cruise-ins.

With his genuine dedication and strong ties to the local community, Peyton is the wealth advisor you can have the confidence in to guide you towards your financial goals.

Hayley M. Clagg

Client Services Manager

(615) 216-1340

Qualifications & Licensure:
Licensed in Life Insurance

Hayley makes everyone’s life more organized.  As Client Services Manager at LPL for the last 21 years, Hayley is responsible for assuring client’s needs are met with accuracy and a welcoming attitude. Her hands-on approach and attention to detail ensure that our client’s accounts are handled with utmost care.

Hayley is a graduate of Riverdale High School and Middle Tennessee State University.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in 2001 from MTSU.  Hayley is an active member of the community and has volunteered her time with Feed America First and Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity in Murfreesboro. 

When she is not working, Hayley enjoys spending time with her family and friends and making memories on the family farm.  She also enjoys watching Fixer Upper, antique shopping, and 30A beach getaways.

Hayley is married to Joe and they have two sons, Connor and Jacob.  They are members of New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.

Kristina W. Brown

Director of Marketing

(615) 216-1321



B.S. Belmont University

Kristina joined the staff at LPL Financial in 2012.  Her duties include the development and implementation of firm wide marketing strategies.

Kristina is very active in the community, serving on the Board of Trustees for The Healing Trust Foundation in Nashville, and working with local non-profits Doors of Hope and Habitat for Humanity.  She writes the column "Community Matters" for the Murfreesboro Post.  Kristina previously worked for Rutherford County Schools, Read To Succeed, and First Baptist Church.  

Kristina and her husband Jeff have one son, Reid, and 3 dogs.