Billy J. Cooper, CLU®, ChFC®
Wealth Management Advisor

Black Balsam Wealth Advisors

Network of Specialists

Through Northwestern Mutual, I have access to a Network of Specialists. We help each other, share ideas and common values, and leverage each other's talents to help you achieve your personal dream of financial security.

Austin D Pullicin, CFP<sup>®</sup>, CLU<sup>®</sup>

Austin D Pullicin, CFP®, CLU®

Financial Advisor

I joined Northwestern Mutual in 2014 shortly after completing my Bachelor of Science in Finance/Economics from Carson Newman University. In 2021, Billy Cooper and I partnered to create Black Balsam Wealth Advisors. My role is meeting with prospective and existing clients to help them develop a plan for their future.

Having grown up in Asheville, I decided to move back to the mountains of Western North Carolina to start a career. Since joining NM, I have continued my passion of education by achieving my CLU® and CFP® designations. I plan to continue pursuing knowledge to give our clients the best opportunities for success in an ever changing financial planning landscape. 

My wife, Kathleen, and I have been married since 2015 having met at Carson Newman. She has a passion for the special needs community and has been involved with the Autism Society of North Carolina. We enjoy the local food (especially Nine Mile) and beer scene and are constantly looking for ways to support local businesses. I am a Leadership Asheville graduate (Class 37) and served on the board of the Young Professionals of Asheville from 2017-2019.

In 2020, we were thrilled to welcome Baby Leo!





Donald E Reed, CLU<sup>®</sup>, ChFC<sup>®</sup>

Donald E Reed, CLU®, ChFC®

Wealth Management Advisor

I joined Northwestern Mutual in 1978 after completing my doctorate in management and finance at Florida State University.  In 1986, I earned the professional designation of Chartered LIfe Underwriter (CLU ®).  For financial representatives, the CLU® designation is the common bond for continuing growth and commitment to professionalism.

Then, in 1989, I earned the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation, confirming my commitment to understanding a client's total financial situation and maintaining the ethical standards adhered to through The American College.

After earning my professional designations, I went on to become president of the American Society of CLUs® and ChFCs® of Western North Carolina and president of Land of Sky Estate Planning Council.

Since my career with Northwestern Mutual began in 1978. I have become a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association for financial professionals, 15 times.



Mark Clary, CFP<sup>®</sup>

Mark Clary, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor

Mark came to Greenville, SC in 1990 as a freshman at Furman University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and the Collegiate Educational Service Corporation. He graduated with a B.A. in Urban Studies/Sociology in 1994, then immediately joined Northwestern Mutual as a Wealth Management Advisor. Today he holds the professional distinction of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, as well as professional memberships with the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the Greenville Estate Planning Council. 

Mark is married to Amy, a Greenville native, and they have three sons: Witt, Joey, and Carter. He is committed to and actively involved in the Greenville community. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he serves as an Elder. Additionally, he has served on the boards of some key organizations in the Greenville community, including United Way of Greenville, Community Foundation of Greenville, and Gateway House. Mark currently serves on the board of Presbyterian Retirement Communities of SC.



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