Meet Our Team
Eileen is a principal of Sharkey, Howes & Javer, and began her career as an Actuary designing corporate pension and profit sharing plans. She discovered that advocating the necessity of lifelong planning was her passion and in 1978 she earned her CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, and began helping individuals and small businesses create personalized investment and retirement plans.
Lawrence Howes, MBA, CFP® is a founder and principal of Sharkey, Howes & Javer. He is the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Economist. He specializes in fixed income investments. Larry served on the Investment Committee of Pinnacol Assurance overseeing the management of its investments.
Joel B. Javer, CLU, CFP® is a principal of Sharkey, Howes & Javer where he chairs the investment department, and is in charge of equity and fixed income research. He is the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer and, in addition, he creates custom investment portfolios for individuals and pension plans. Colorado State University, in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), has enjoyed Joel’s presentations on investment planning at their semi-annual programs for many years.
Karlton joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in September of 2000 and became a shareholder of the firm in 2005. He currently serves on the firm’s Investment Committee and Financial Planning Committee. In preparing personal financial plans for clients, Karlton continually places a significant amount of emphasis on gaining the perspective of each individual client and addressing the “big picture.”
Harold joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in 2003 and became a shareholder on September 1, 2011. He sits on the firm’s Investment Committee, is a member of the firm’s Investment Department, and handles Compliance for SH&J. He has been providing personal financial planning and investment management services to clients since 1998.
Melissa Baldwin, CFP® joined SH&J in January 2011 and became a shareholder in May 2019. As the Financial Planning Coordinator, she is a prolific writer of Financial Plans, works directly with clients, and has assumed leadership of the firm’s compliance, strategic planning, and business development initiatives. Currently, Melissa serves on the firm’s Financial Planning Committee and Investment Committee and is also a member of the Financial Planning Association of Colorado.
Claire began her career in financial services in 2013 with a wealth planning team in Missouri, before moving to Denver in 2014 and joining a global asset management firm. She is excited to bring what she has learned in client service, portfolio analytics, and wealth planning to SH&J.
Cody joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer as a financial advisor in 2019. He has previously worked at one of the largest RIA’s in the country, providing wealth management advice and services to high net-worth clients since 2015. He has a passion for helping clients put together the puzzle pieces of their financial picture and simplifying their lives.
Our group of financial specialists are tactical experts within the organization, serving unique roles that help the streamline the entire wealth management process for new and existing clients alike.
Kerry takes primary responsibility for placing trades in clients’ accounts as well as managing the firm’s investment database. She is also in charge of the quarterly reports clients receive. Kerry brought 15 years of experience in the investment management industry when she joined Sharkey, Howes & Javer in 2006.