Elisabeth Hickox

Elisabeth Hickox

Liz got her start in the financial services business at age 17, the daughter of two parents in the industry. An early start to her career began in NYC as a fixed income trading assistant, with a move to the NASDAQ market in 1991. Granted with senior trading responsibilities for a major institutional market maker, Liz served the institutional trading needs of the banks, investment companies and hedge funds for 11 years.

Upon making the decision to call New England home, she made the move to the financial advisor role in 2007.

Liz draws upon her depth of experience in serving both institutional and individual clients; building relationships based on trust, respect and communication. With a sincere appreciation and understanding that ‘clients always have a choice’  Liz places a high level of importance on service and support; striving to offer an exceptional client experience.

In a time of an evolving investment landscape and ever -changing tax and regulatory environment, Liz is committed to continued learning. In 2013 Liz pursued and attained the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA ® ) designation.

The CIMA certification identifies individuals who have met extensive experience and ethical requirements and successfully completed advanced investment management consulting coursework provided through one of three top-20 business schools in the United States: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, or the Yale School of Management. CIMA professionals must pass a certification exam covering a wide range of in-depth investment topics. Additionally, those who earn the certification must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements, and adhere to the Institute’s Code of Professional Responsibility.

Areas of Focus

  • Employee sponsored retirement plans
    • 401(k)
    • 403(b)
    • Multiple Employer Plans
    • Individual 401(k)
    • ESOP
    • Taft-Hartley
  • Investment Management Services
    • Efficent Asset Allocation Strategies
    • Portfolio Analysis
    • Plan Benchmarking
    • Fee Analysis
    • Investment Manager Search
    • Investment Performance Review


  • 2010, Liz was an integral part of a team of three that earned the title “Plan Advisor of the Year” by Plan Sponsor Magazine.
  • 2015, National Association of Plan Advisors, “Rising Star Among Women Advisors” award.
  • 2017, 2018; ACE (Achieving Client Excellence) Best In Class Award Recipient; an award Signator bestows upon its top advisors.



  • Certified Investment Management Analyst CIMA ®
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary AIF ®
  • Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist “CRPS ®


  • Passionate Supporter of Young Survival Coalition
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Seaman’s Church Institute
  • American Cancer Society


Brian A. Hickox 

Brian graduated from The Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia in 2002 and started his career with the Institutional Advisory Division of Merrill Lynch in New York. He moved to the financial advisory side in 2005 to work with individuals, families, and businesses. In 2017, he joined Independence Financial Partners, a John Hancock Financial Network firm to partner with his wife, Elisabeth Hickox, also a financial advisor, to further enhance the service and value offered to their esteemed clients.

With a creative vision and depth of investment experince, Brian seeks to create a custom-tailored financial plan for each clients individual needs, goals and risk parameters. Utilizing proferssional planning technology and non-proprietaar resources, Brian works with each client to create a product agnostic, fee sensitive plan that offers the ability for both advisor and client to continually monitor the plan for progress, and allows the ability to make tactical changes to adjust when nececessary.


Areas of Focus

  • Individuals
    • Retirement Income Strategies
    • Fee-Based Financial Planning
    • Annuities; Fixed, Variable, Index
    • Life Insurance Strategies
    • Long Term Care Planning
    • College Savings Plans
    • Genrational wealth Transfer


Charitable and Civic Organizations

  • Young Survival Coalition
  • Seaman’s Church Institute
  • Alpha Kappa Psi