+1 760.340.4277 customerservice@myfinancialcoach.com

Southern Oak Advisory

Read SME Questionnaire

Founded: January 1st, 2019


  •  CLU- Chartered Life Underwriter
  • ChFC- Chartered Financial Consultant- American College
  • Top of the Table – Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Fellow of Charitable Estate Planning- Charitable Estate Planning Institute

License(s) and/or Registration(s):

  • Life, Annuity, Health Dept. of Insurance the State of Tennessee
  • Series 7
  • Series 6
  • Series 63
  • Series 65 FINRA

“Are you currently involved in a lawsuit with a client? If so, please describe the lawsuit in detail.”- No

“Have you been in a previous lawsuit with a client? If so please describe the lawsuit in detail.” – 4/16/2019 Customer dispute denied. The client alleges that the replacement of his deferred variable annuity with a single premium immediate annuity in June 2009 was unsuitable because the entire proceeds were locked in and unavailable in the event of an emergency.

“Are you currently involved in a regulatory action with your regulatory agency? If so, please describe the lawsuit in detail.” – No

“Have you been in a previous regulatory action with your regulatory agency? If so please describe the lawsuit in detail.” – No


Describe your firm in your own words and the types of clients that you typically work with:
HNW clients, Small Business Owners, Physicians, and Attorneys.

How are you compensated for your work? List your compensation methods out in detail:

What is the one standout detail about your firm that clients find with your firm that they have not found elsewhere?:
Long standing relationships and successful results.



Coby Harper, CLU, ChFC
Co-Owner – Principal

Investment Advisor Representative, Financial Services Representative

With thirty-five years of experience in the financial services industry, it has been Coby’s pleasure to serve clients in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. Coby is committed to providing every client with the resources they need to make educated decisions on financial planning solutions.

Coby is active in the national and local Knoxville chapters of the Society of Financial Services Professionals. He is also active in the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and is a Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Roundtable.

Coby graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations, as well as insurance and securities licenses in Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and Arkansas.

Van Harper
Co-Owner – Operations

As head of the Operations team, Van oversees all underwriting operations for TriStar Strategic Group, LLC. In this role, he helps in TriStar’s ability to provide effective, proactive service to clients. His responsibilities include handling informal inquiries, ordering medical records, negotiating with carriers as needed to obtain underwriting for a given client, completing application submissions to policy issue, and submitting policy delivery requirements. Van efficiently streamlines underwriting processes within the firm to facilitate smooth transitions for clients. He also oversees TriStar’s website content, accounting and financial planning efforts for the firm.

Van earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2011, a Master of Arts in Sport and Event Management from East Tennessee State University in 2012 and he holds insurance licenses in Tennessee. During his spare time he is a volunteer soccer coach, active in Leadership Tomorrow-Sevier County and enjoys spending time with family and friends.