Meet the Brinkley Financial Team

Bryan Cassells

Financial Advisor

Bryan Cassels PhotoBryan, who is from Charlotte, NC, attended NC State University and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has worked at Legg Mason, Morgan Stanley, and Capital Guardian over the last 17 years. As a financial advisor with GCG, he is a primarily a Money Manager for his client’s assets. He enjoys giving his clients the best customer service that he can provide and interacting with his clients on a daily basis about their investments.

Professional Specialties Include:

  • Personal Life and Disability Insurance
  • Wealth Accumulation and Tax Deferred Strategies
  • Estate Preservation, Wealth Preservation Strategies
  • 401(k), 403(b), SEP and Profit Sharing
  • Fee Based Planning
  • Asset Money Management

Bryan is a Financial Advisor and Registered Representative with Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. with Series 7, 66, 63 registrations; and Life & Health and LTC licenses.

Carrie Brinkley Jones

Financial Advisor/Portfolio Analyst

Carrie Brinkley Jones is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She served as vice-president of the Student Investment Club and was a member of Graduates in Executive Management. She was also a member of the Gardner-Webb University Volleyball team, serving as captain her senior year.

She began her career at Spring Global. In 2007, she joined Brinkley Financial Group. Carrie is responsible for reviewing each client’s portfolio and developing the best approaches for financial investing based on each individual’s needs. She currently holds the FINRA Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 registrations. She is an Investment Advisor Representative with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker/Dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.

She, her husband Bryan, son Colton, and daughter Brinkley, resides in Belmont, NC. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, reading, and crafting.

Alice Clifford *

Administrative Assistant

Alice joined the staff in June 2017. Originally from MA, she has lived in Charlotte, NC for two years and currently resides here.  Alice has four children, Sean, Leah, Cole and Jessica.  Alice has been in the administrative field for over 15 years.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, gardening, and fishing.

David Brinkley

Our Founder

David Brinkley Photo

David obtained his Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Carolina University and entered the financial services industry in 1981 spending two years with two of the larger companies in the business. He subsequently formed Diversified Business Concepts and developed a substantial background and expertise in estate tax and retirement planning. The company changed names to Brinkley Financial Group in 2006..

Brinkley Financial Group was named in the Charlotte Business Journal as one of the Largest Area Financial Planning Firms ranked by assets under management locally. David has developed a loyal following of clients by striving to make seemingly complex financial strategies understandable to everyone.

Before his retirement, David worked with individuals and closely held business owners in investment planning, developing a “game plan” to retire comfortably, and how to manage estate tax. David’s team is currently one of the largest financial advisors in the Charlotte area.

He is actively involved in Central United Methodist Church of Kings Mountain serving as chairman of the Endowment Fund. He is also a member of the Finance Committee and Administrative Council for Central United Methodist Church. David also serves on the Advisory Board of the Life Enrichment Center. He serves on the Board of Directors at Gardner-Webb University. David is a charter member and president of the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club.

Third-party rankings and recognitions are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. These ratings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluation.

* Not registered with Woodbury Financial Services, Inc.