Our Team

As a Financial Services Company, having a qualified staff who works well together enables us to take a team approach to help ensure our client's financial needs are met.  Each team member brings his or her own strengths in his or her particular specialty to best help address our client's financial needs in the most holistic manner.

Our Team Members:


Jonathan King - Jonathan began working with our company in 2008 and became Managing Partner of Kirkland & King Financial, LLC in July of 2019.  Since that time, he has brought a renewed passion to our firm in helping our clients acheive their financial goals.  As an Investment Advisor Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities, Jonathan prides himself on his client centric approach to planning as well as asset management and portfolio construction.  By surrounding himself with very able and supportive team members, he facilitates the overall workings of each different team member's specialties to help arrive at a place which addresses our client's entire financial well-being.

Jonathan brings a wealth of real business experience to our firm.  He spent 8+ years in move theater management and in September of 2011, he opened his first GNC Franchise.  Since then, he has operated 3 additional stores at different times around the Columbia area. 

Jonathan graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting.  He is an avid USC football fan and enjoys going to the games whenever possible.  

 

Ed Kirkland- As founder of Ed Kirkland Company, the precursor to Kirkland & King Financial,  Ed has been helping clients with their financial planning needs since 1982.  As an Investment Advisor Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities, he takes very seriously his fiduciary duties to help our clients find the best solution to their personalized planning needs. 

Ed is the proud parent of two wonderful daughters, Tiffany and Jill.  As an active member in the community, he was the Inaugural President of the Brookland Cayce High School Education Foundation and President of the Brookland Cayce Booster Club for 3 years.  In addition, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the SC Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities and served on the Board of Trustees for the Lexington Medical Center.  He graduated from Gardner-Webb University and attended the business school at the University of South Carolina and Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Christy Gilliam - Christy has been a member of our team for over 19 years.  As an Employee Benefit Specialist, she stands as an advocate for our clients in making sure they receive the benefits which have been promised through their employer or individual insurance plan.  She particularly works toward creating alternative funding methods which prove most economical for our business and individual clients.  She stays current on the ongoing plan changes and with state and federal guidelines.  Most importantly, she advocates for our client's needs throughout the ever-changing area of employee benefits planning. Christy is not affilaited with Lincoln Financial Securities.

Christy and her husband, Al, have 2 daughters:  Lena and Beth. She enjoys the special times she has with her granddaughters, Makayla and Elise, and grandson T.J.

 

Hailey Osburn - Hailey is the newest member to our team having moved to the Columbia area from Denver, Colorado in 2017. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science but found her passion lies in the financial industry. As an assistant to the office, Hailey helps in both the benefits and securities area of the business and looks forward to assisting in any way to help our clients.

Hailey enjoys spending time cooking with her husband Patrick and exploring South Carolina. She also has three dogs that keep her entertained and active.