OUR TEAM

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HILARY "HIBBIE" T. BARRIER, III

Vice President, Avondale Futures Group, subsidiary of Bright Commodities

Hibbie joined Avondale Futures Group in 2005 which was acquired in 2019 by Bright Commodities. Prior to joining the firm, he was Vice President of Trading at the Jernigan Group, a commodity trading and research firm. In conjunction with this role he worked with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Fimat and Rosenthal Collins. Hibbie has contributed numerous articles for various cotton industry publications as well as conducted risk management seminars on futures and options trading for the National Cotton Council. He grew up in the Mississippi Delta where he was involved in the production of cotton, soybeans, corn and livestock as well as the cotton merchandising business. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

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SHARON K. BOYD

Assistant Vice President, Avondale Futures Group, subsidiary of Bright Commodities

Sharon joined Avondale Futures Group in 2005 which was acquired in 2019 by Bright Commodities. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in the same capacity with The Jernigan Group for 19 years in conjunction with several clearing firms including Prudential, Thomson McKinnon, Paine Webber, Dean Witter, Fimat and Rosenthal Collins. Sharon began her career in the futures industry and became licensed at E. F. Hutton. She is a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in the dual majors of business administration and marketing.

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JOHN F. BRIGHT

Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer, Bright Investments

John serves as the portfolio manager for each of Bright Investments, LLC® separately managed accounts. His 20 plus years of experience spans Wall Street to Auburn as both an analyst and portfolio manager.

Prior to Bright Investments, LLC®, John was a director and senior research analyst with Avondale Partners for eleven years, business development manager with Laitram for one year, senior research analyst at Johnson Rice for three years, associate vice president and analyst with Morgan Keegan for two years, and associate analyst / portfolio manager for W.H. Reaves & Co. for five years.

John has been quoted in various national and industry specific publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, Smart Money, Forbes, and Business Week. In addition, he has appeared on various news outlets including CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg.

John earned an MBA from Auburn University and a BS from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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THEODORE "TED" R. DAVIS

Partner, Vice President and Wealth Advisor, Bright Investments

Ted joined Bright Investments, LLC® in 2020. He brings over 30 years of relationship management experience with companies such as Unilever, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and General Motors Acceptance Corporation Commercial Mortgage (GMACCM). Prior to joining Bright Investments, LLC®, Ted served as a Commercial Real Estate (CME) Relationship Manager and then Wealth Advisor for high-net-worth (HNW) clients, where he specialized in preserving and growing their wealth. Ted earned a BA from Rhodes College. Outside the office, Ted has been an active volunteer with Human Society of Memphis/Shelby Co (Past President - 2018), Kosten Foundation (for Pancreatic Cancer) Kick It 5K, and City of Memphis Pension Board (2016 - Present).

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THOMAS M. KUCERA, CFA

Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Bright Investments

Tom serves as co-portfolio manager and analyst covering equity investments across Bright Investments’ five core sectors.

Prior to co-founding Bright Investments, LLC®, Tom served as Director of Financial Analysis at ATP Oil & Gas in Houston, TX, where he worked on billions of dollars of financial transactions in support of petroleum production and infrastructure on three continents.

Prior to his position at ATP, Tom was a Senior Research Analyst covering the Media Technology sector at Avondale Partners, with previous experience covering the Communications Technology sector.

Tom is a CFA Charterholder. He holds a BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Finance also from Vanderbilt University.

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STACY J. MILLER, CFP®

Partner, Vice President and Wealth Advisor, Bright Investments

Stacy joined Bright Investments LLC® in 2016. She has over 25 years of diverse professional experience to include leading and advising organizations through strategic, operational and financial success.

Prior to joining Bright Investments LLC®, Stacy served as the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer for a national non-profit honoring the service and sacrifice of the American military.

Stacy holds a Certificate of Financial Planning from Boston University, a BA in Sociology from Boston University, and an MBA in Finance from Auburn University.

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JOEL D. OERTLING

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bright Investments

Joel joined Bright Investments LLC® in 2019.  Previously, Joel served as CFO for Avondale Partners for 18 years, was a limited partner and controller for 9 years at J.C. Bradford & Co., and served as an audit manager at Deloitte & Touche. Joel received his BS in accounting from Louisiana Tech University and his MS in finance from Louisiana State University. 

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RICHARD T. SALE

Fixed Income Advisory Consultant, Bright Investments

Richard joined Bright Investments LLC® in 2019. He brings over 30 years of industry experience, having held senior level positions in municipal bond trading, underwriting, institutional sales, investment banking and management. Prior to Bright Investments, Richard was a managing director at Avondale Partners and launched the municipal bond department there. Before that, Richard was a vice president at Ross Sinclair & Associates in Brentwood, Tennessee. His career also includes 11 years at J.C. Bradford & Co. where he co-managed the municipal bond department. He also served as the president of ValueBond Securities, an online fixed income trading platform. Richard graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in finance and management science. Outside the office, Richard has been active in the Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee and was named volunteer of the year in 2009.

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SARAH J. ZINK

Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Bright Investments

Sarah joined Bright Investments LLC® in 2015. She has been working in capital markets compliance for 25 years. During that time, she was Chief Compliance Officer for the investment firms of Avondale Partners, Powell Johnson, Midwest Research and First Analysis Securities. Sarah was also Managing Director of equity research at Avondale Partners for 8 years, and provided leadership as part of Avondale’s Operating Committee.

Sarah works closely with financial industry regulators, serving as a district representative for FINRA’s District 5 Committee for three terms. As an industry expert, Sarah has presented at various financial industry events in Washington DC.

Sarah earned her BA from the University of Chicago and graduated cum laude from Culver Academy. Sarah also completed the Scarlett Executive Leadership program through Belmont University.

Bright Investments, LLC® is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), registered in the states of AL, CO, FL NJ, and TN. More information about Bright Investments is available on the SEC's website here.

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Bright Investments LLC®

Phone: (334) 321-2321
Fax: (334) 321-2883

570 Devall Drive, Suite 303
Auburn, AL 36832

40 Burton Hills Boulevard., Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37215

3030 N. Rocky Point Dr. West, Suite 150
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