Lasting relationships. For all that matters

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At times, the complexity of today’s global economy may feel overwhelming. Whether you’re a working professional who is building wealth, a successful executive or business owner contemplating your next act, or the head of a multigenerational family looking to preserve your family’s future—you have questions. You expect clear answers from an advisor with worldwide experience who understands you, your family and your community.


Our highly credentialed team offers the thoughtful perspective and proactive service your family needs to help meet their goals. With a team of advisors spanning decades of experience, we strive, relentlessly, to make sure you feel well taken care of. By putting financial planning at the core of everything we do, we offer the capabilities to help you, your business and your family unlock opportunity, preserve wealth and create continuity.

Three generations in front yard

Pursuing your goals together

Our mission is to provide quality strategies customized to your needs. Our goal is to be your primary source of financial advice. To this end, we concentrate our efforts on developing long-term relationships through a commitment to quality client service.

  • Tommy 2022

    Thomas Siler Jr., CFP, CPWA, CEPA

    Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

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    Tommy is a true client advocate.  A UBS Financial Advisor since 1999, he has a deep commitment for people and helping protect what matters most to them—their family and their legacy. Tommy primarily works with families on developing multi-generational wealth management plans, coordinating with the family attorney, accountant, risk manager and UBS specialists to deliver a well-aligned and comprehensive strategy for pursuing their most important goals. Those strategies focus specifically on advanced estate planning solutions, as well as planning for retirement, business transition and other significant liquidity events. Tommy also works with a nationwide network of specialized trust companies to deliver custom trust services for the diverse and often complex needs of each family.

    Active in the community, Tommy has been a leader on numerous local and regional boards of directors. He is proud to have served as President of the Board of the Florence Crittenton Agency, Treasurer of the Community School of the Arts and Endowment Chairman for St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral–where currently serves as Senior Warden. He has also served on the board of directors of Cherokee Country Club, Young-Williams Animal Shelter, and Sequoyah Elementary Foundation. A proud champion of Knoxville, he is currently forging a multi-year corporate relationship between UBS-Knoxville and the Knoxville Museum of Art. Tommy has also been a class member of Leadership Knoxville 2013.

    Travel is a passion, but what Tommy loves best is spending time with his wife, Tiffany, and their two daughters, Kathryn and Lauren.

     

    Certification and education

    • Wealth Advisor designation, 2010
    • Series 7 and 66 securities licenses
    • Certified Financial Planner® designation, 2000
    • President of the East Tennessee Financial Planning Association, 2005-2006
    • B.A., Vanderbilt University
    • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, 2021, 2022The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in April based on information from a 12 month period ending June of the prior year.

    • Vanderbilt University, B.A.
    • Certified Private Wealth Advisor
    • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
    • Retirement Plan Consultant
    • Certified Exit Planning Advisor
    Business succession
    Alternative investments
    Retirement Plan consulting
    Banking
    Securities-backed lending
    Multi-generational families
    Women investors
    Family Offices
    800 South Gay Street
    Suite 2600
    Knoxville, TN 37929
  • Scott 2022

    Scott M. Rhea, CFP®, CEPA

    Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

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    Scott began his career in the financial services industry in 1986. In the early 2000s he was instrumental in establishing new Knoxville offices for the firms Wheat First Butch Singer (now part of Wells Fargo) and Legg Mason (now part of Morgan Stanley). Seeking to help build a client-centric team, Scott joined UBS in 2013 to form The Siler-Rhea Group.

    Scott leads the effort to help clients in all aspects of their financial lives.  Specifically, his focus is counseling individuals and families through the financial complexities that come with wealth generated from a successful executive career or building a private business.  Additionally,  as a UBS Senior Portfolio Manager, Scott directs client portfolios and asset allocation models for Siler Rhea Thomas Wealth Management clients.

    Scott is a past president of the Rotary Club of West Knoxville and a past board member of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of East Tennessee. Since 2010, Scott has been a cast member in the bi-annual Akima Cabaret, a major fundraising production for the women's organization, Akima of Knoxville, of which his wife is a longtime member.  Akima provides grants for more than 50 community organizations in Knoxville.  Scott and his wife, Traci,  have two daughters, Sarah and Meredith, and six grandchildren. He's on the golf course or ski slopes as often as possible and stays fit chasing his grandchildren.

    Certification and education

    • Certified Financial Planner™ designation
    • Certified Exit Planning Advisor
    • B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    • Senior Portfolio Manager designation, UBS
    • Wealth Advisor designation, UBS
    • Series 7 and 66 Securities licenses

     

      • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.S.
      • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
      • Senior Portfolio Manager
      • Wealth Advisor
      • Retirement Plan Consultant
      • Certified Exit Planning Advisor
      Legacy planning
      Business succession
      Alternative investments
      Retirement Plan consulting
      Securities-backed lending
      Multi-generational families
      Business owners
      Family Offices
      800 South Gay Street
      Suite 2600
      Knoxville, TN 37929
    • JT 2022

      John David "JT" Thomas, CRPC, CRPS

      Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

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      • CA
      • CO
      • CT
      • DC
      • FL
      • GA
      • HI
      • IA
      • ID
      • IL
      • IN
      • KY
      • LA
      • MA
      • MD
      • MI
      • MO
      • MS
      • MT
      • NC
      • NE
      • NJ
      • NM
      • NV
      • NY
      • OH
      • OR
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      • SC
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      JT started his financial services career in 1985 with EF Hutton.  Clients should benefit from the fact that JT has managed money through extremes such as the stock crash of 1987, the bond declines of 1994, the roaring bull market of 1982 – 1999, the dot-com bubble of 2000 – 2002, as well as the financial crisis of 2007 – 2008.  With the vast resources and the open architecture provided by UBS, clients of all types can be taken care of. 
       
      Charities and non-profits are very important to JT.  Currently, he serves on the board of Autism Breakthrough and works on the Roane State golf tournament committee.  He continues to chair the Autism Breakthrough golf tournament, which has now raised over $1mm. 
       
      Personal and Community  
       
      Autism Breakthrough – Board Member 
      Autism Society of America-East TN – Past Board Member 
      Roane State Community College Foundation – Past Board Member 
      Roane State Golf Fund Raising Committee 
      Community Health Alliance - Past Board Member

       

          • Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠
          • Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠
          800 South Gay Street
          Suite 2600
          Knoxville, TN 37929
        • Allison Lederer

          Allison Lederer, CWS

          Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

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            Allison began her financial career in New York City in 2002 with Citigroup Private Bank. In 2012, she served as Vice President and Wealth Advisor for Regions Private Wealth Management in Knoxville and was a member of the Women and Wealth advisory council.  Allison joined UBS in 2022 and is pleased to be able to offer her clients best in class service and global wealth management.

             

            Allison is a loyal advocate for her clients.  Her comprehensive and generational wealth management approach has proven to be essential in providing effective financial planning.  Allison believes that all aspects of a client’s financial situation need to be considered in order to achieve their long term goals.  Discussions involving estate planning, insurance, healthcare, banking, lending, and investment management are critical in developing a well-constructed financial plan.  In addition, conversations with her client’s estate planning attorney and CPA provide additional support to the plan. Her promise to her clients is to listen to their needs, make appropriate and customized recommendations, give unbiased advise, and remain confidential.  Allison’s true desire to deeply know her clients provides a level of comfort and peace of mind that all her clients need and deserve.

             

            Allison is originally from Knoxville and is a passionate supporter of the Knoxville community.  She currently serves on the Webb School of Knoxville Board as Alumni Assoc. President.  She was a board member of the Knoxville Museum of Art for over 11 years, where she was Board Chair from 2017-2019.  Allison was chosen as a member of the Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class in 2016 and is a member of the 2020 Leadership Knoxville class. She and her husband, Reid, have two children, Parks and Devon.

             

            Certification and Education

             

            Certified Wealth Strategist® (CWS®)
            Series 7 and 66 Securities License
            TN Life, Health and Long-Term Care Insurance certification
            B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

              • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.S.
              • TN Health and Life Insurance Certification
              • Long-Term Care Certification
              • General Securities License (Series 7)
              • NASAA Uniform Combined State Law License (Series 66)
              • Certified Wealth Strategist
              800 South Gay Street
              Suite 2600
              Knoxville, TN 37929
            • Chris 2022

              P. Christopher Takonis

              Associate Director

              Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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              “One of the reasons I love working with clients is to provide in-depth solutions and communication is the key to our long-term success in working together.  Also, from my experience I learned that we are only as good as the person next to us, and this principle has become the foundation of the team we have to support our clients as our key principle.”  - Chris Takonis

              Chris is the relationship and banking specialist on the team and works to address complex lending, mortgage, cash management issues using UBS’s banking services.  As the relationship manager for the team he will act as a concierge providing access to the vast amenities offered at UBS.  

              Prior to joining Siler Rhea Thomas Wealth Management  in 2010, Chris served as the Operations Manager for the East Tennessee complex of UBS. Such a position requires an advanced understanding of all systems involved in operating branches for an international financial firm. Before moving to Knoxville in 2003, Chris worked at Goldman Sachs and for British merchant bank, Schroders & Co.

               

              Certification and Education

              Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. 

              Series 7, 63, 65, 9, 10, and 31 securities licenses. 

               

               

                • Rutgers University, B.S.
                  Long-term care planning
                  Investing
                  Banking
                  Securities-backed lending
                  800 South Gay Street
                  Suite 2600
                  Knoxville, TN 37929
                • Kim 2022

                  Kimberly Roberts

                  Wealth Management Associate

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                  Kim began her career in the financial industry in 1980 with a regional firm in Dayton, Ohio.  She has worked with various firms throughout her career and held many distinct positions, ranging from Receptionist all the way up to a management opportunity.  With 40 years of experience, she brings a lot to the table. 


                  At UBS, Kim is a vital part of the Siler Rhea Thomas team because of her attention to detail and organizational skills.  She is the go-to for processing and completion of client requests.  With Kim, no one is a stranger, so her love for working and speaking with our clients is valued. 


                  Kim is from Texas and is enormously proud of her state, although she does love the Vols. She is married and has 2 children, Jodi and Cody.  Kim loves to sing and worship at her church.  Her favorite thing to do in her free time is work out. 
                   
                  Certifications 


                  Series 7 and 66 securities licenses 
                  Series 9 and 10 securities licenses 
                  Life and Health Insurance Licenses 
                   

                        800 South Gay Street
                        Suite 2600
                        Knoxville, TN 37929

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