Our Team

As a Financial Services Company, having a qualified staff who works well together enables us to take a team approach to help ensure our client's financial needs are met.  Each team member brings his or her own strengths in his or her particular specialty to best help address our client's financial needs in the most holistic manner.

Our Team Members:

Ed Kirkland- As founder and President of Ed Kirkland Company, LLC, Ed has been helping clients with their financial planning needs since 1982.  As an Investment Advisor Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities, he takes very seriously his fiduciary duties to help our clients find the best solution to their personalized planning needs.  By surrounding himself with very able, supportive team members, he facilitates the overall workings of each different team member's specialties to help arrive at a place which addresses our client's entire financial well-being.

Ed is the proud parent of two wonderful daughters, Tiffany and Jill.  As an active member in the community, he was the Inaugural President of the Brookland Cayce High School Education Foundation and President of the Brookland Cayce Booster Club for 3 years.  In addition, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the SC Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities and served on the Board of Trustees for the Lexington Medical Center.  He graduated from Gardner-Webb University and attended the business school at the University of South Carolina and Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Jonathan King - Jonathan brings a wealth of real business experience to our firm.  He spent 8+ years in move theater management and in September of 2011, he opened his first GNC Franchise.  Since then, he has opened three more that he currently operates around Columbia.  In August of 2015, he made a career change to the finanical industry and joined our firm.  Jonathan has been instrumental in helping our clients to acheive their investment and financial planning goals.

Joanthan graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting.  He is an avid USC football fan and enjoys going to the games whenever possible.  

 

Christy Gilliam - Christy has been a member of our team for over 15 years.  As an Employee Benefit Specialist, she stands as an advocate for our clients in making sure they receive the benefits which have been promised through their employer or individual insurance plan.  She particularly works toward creating alternative funding methods which prove most economical for our business and individual clients.  She stays current on the ongoing plan changes as they integrate with state and federal guidelines.  Most importantly, she advocates for our client's needs regardless of the ever-changing area of employee benefits planning. Christy is not affilaited with Lincoln Financial Securities.

Christy and her husband, Al, have 2 daughters:  Lena and Beth.  She was active in her children's activities at A.C. Flora, especially with the Flora Falcon Marching Band.  She enjoys the special times she has with her granddaughters, Makayla and Elise, and her grandson T.J.