In 2002 J. David Ashby and Darla Williams founded Mustard Seed Financial, LLC, a fee only advisory firm in Magnolia, AR. The company name comes from the biblical description of the mustard seed. They are the smallest of seeds that grow into a tree the birds can nest in, a good reference to what can happen to an individual’s finances with proper planning.

David and Darla wanted to share their financial planning approach of always investing in broadly diversified portfolios while paying close attention to the tax ramifications of all your financial decisions. In 2005, they opened a location in El Dorado under the management of now partner and advisor Bruce Butterfield.   With David and Darla’s approach firmly set in place Mustard Seed continues to grow with its home office in Magnolia which is managed by partner and advisor Angie Eaves.

Jonathan Baird, a longtime advisor and CFO of Peoples Bank, became a partner in 2014 and heads our Peoples Bank location in Magnolia.  Most recently in 2014 Mustard Seed expanded its services to Hope with an office managed by advisor Laurie Pinner.  The firm continues to adhere to the founders approach. Our mission is to help successful families and individuals make wise decisions with their money so they can spend their time doing what they love.

Mustard Seed currently staffs 3 Certified Financial Planners™, 1 CPA, and 7 registered advisors.  With a combined experience of over 60 years in comprehensive financial planning, our team serves over 400 clients, businesses, and foundations and manages over $190 million in assets.