Meet Hal


Hal, the founder and owner of Hal Otey Financial, has been providing wealth management and retirement planning services to the Greater Memphis area since 1987. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, Hal focuses on working with retirees and those preparing to retire, who are looking for ways to generate income, live comfortably, and enjoy financial confidence in their retirement years. Hal also works with younger clients who are serious about accumulating sufficient investment resources in planning for their retirement, as well as their families’ educational funding needs. 

Hal is constantly looking for ways to better serve his clients and because of that mindset,  Hal is now partnering with Carson Partners.

In addition to being a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, Hal’s professional designations also include Chartered Financial Analyst (ChFC). He is currently a member of the Greater Memphis Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, and he has served as a Board Member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

Hal earned his Master’s degree from the University of Memphis in 1983. He is a classically trained operatic singer and was a founding member of the Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble for nineteen seasons. Hal continues to pursue his passion for music and vocal performance at his church, concerts, and other performances in the the Memphis area throughout the year. Hal also enjoys tennis, swimming, skiing, golf, the performing arts, biblical studies, and the University of Memphis Tigers Basketball.

Hal and his wife Lorie have been married since 1982 and are the proud parents of their son Graham. They have been active members of New Life Fellowship Church since 1981, where Hal serves as an elder, a board member of both the finance and leadership teams, and as one of the leaders of the music team, since 1981.


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Favorite food:

Pizza, most anything cooked on the Grill, & fresh fish

Hidden talent:

Not sure that it’s hidden, but singing is a passion, & something I love to do

Favorite book:

I have several, the Bible being the one I read almost every day. For financial principals, “The Richest Man in Babylon” is a must (simple & yet profound)

Favorite movies:

Gladiator, War Room or Ghost

What motivates Hal:

What motives me is to have a positive impact on the people I’m around; whether it’s helping them with making wise financial decisions, guiding them in principals of Biblical truth, encouraging them to live more healthy, productive lives, giving to someone who is doing all they know to do, but needs a helping hand, or a worthy cause, or just being an encouragement to someone and having fun in the relationships I have with my friends and family.

What motivates Hal:

I am also motivated by personal development, which is a constant “quest”. This includes getting to know God on a more personal, intimate level through prayer & studying His Word (the Bible), reading books on business and self-improvement, exercise, eating well, and trying to be the best I can be in the areas I enjoy

Favorite holiday:

Thanksgiving & Christmas, because those are the holidays we spend with family & friends, and they allow me time to focus on the people I love & care for most

Something on Hal’s bucket list:

Sky diving, Scuba Diving, and taking my son back to his native land, Nepal (who knows, we might even make base camp on Mt. Everest)

Place he’d most like to visit:

Australia, New Zeland and Alaska

Biggest accomplishment:

On a personal level, completing the adoption of our son, Graham. And being married to the love of my life, Lorie, for the past 35 years (Dec 31, 1982)

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