Bryan Vowels, CFP®, CFA®

Founding Partner and CEO

Bryan has worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years and is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University, as well as the University of Arkansas, where he earned his MBA. Before co-founding Vowels Stovern Wealth in 2022, Bryan formed Vowels & Stovern Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors during his 20 years at Wells Fargo Advisors. He was Senior Vice President and Investment Manager for a community bank in the late ‘90s. Bryan also worked as a national bank examiner for the U.S. Treasury Department.

He holds his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) certifications. Bryan was named Outstanding Alumni from MSSU in 2012. He also earned a ranking on the Forbes Magazine Best-In-State Wealth Advisors for 6 years in a row (2018 - 2023.)

Bryan served as Branch Manager most of his Wells Fargo Advisors stint. In 2011 and 2014, he was named one of the top 100 branch managers in the United States by OnWallStreet.

Bryan and his wife Leticia have been active in the Joplin community. They both helped start the Aspire Scholarship Program that provides scholarships for single parents seeking a career-oriented degree. Bryan has coached soccer and helped start Rebuild Joplin after the tornado devastated the community in 2011. He is past President of the United Way of SW Missouri and the Bright Futures USA Board.  He currently serves on the Community Foundation of the Ozarks board and Joplin Schools Foundation board. Bryan loves to fish, golf and travel. Leticia, Bryan and their three children have visited all 50 U.S. states.

Forbes Best-in-State Advisor

The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, was awarded to Bryan Vowles on April, 4 2023 for 2022. Being a Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor does not mean Bryan Vowels is ranked the top advisor in the state. The ranking includes many advisors in the state that have been awarded the “best-in-state” distinction.  

The ranking is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weighs factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience; the firm’s research and rankings provide opinions for how to choose the right financial advisor. Investors must carefully choose the right advisor for their own situation and perform their own due diligence. Ratings should not be considered an endorsement of the adviser by any client.

Neither Forbes nor SHOOK are a client of Vowels Stovern Wealth, nor do they receive a fee in exchange for rankings. Once placed on a ranking, advisors may choose to pay fees to Forbes and Shook for premium listing features on Forbes directory of top advisors, use of the ranking logo or reprint of the ranking.

Additional information on the ranking methodology can be found at and


OnWallStreet Ranking based on nominations from peers and firms. Nominees are evaluated on leadership; their ability to recruit, develop and retain talented advisors and dedications to superior client service. Winners are chosen by a panel of independent judges. The award is not reflective of past investment performance or of client satisfaction.

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