Executive Team

Our team of experienced professionals brings deep knowledge and expertise across multiple disciplines to affluent clients and business owners. Our combined talents comprise a powerful network focused on the success of our advisors and their clients.

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William E. Hamm, CEO

Bill is CEO of Independent Financial Partners and an OSJ Manager with LPL Financial. He also serves as President of William E. Hamm and Associates, Inc., an Investment Advisory firm. Bill led IFP as CEO since starting it in 2000. Through an extensive, national network of advisors, IFP provides comprehensive wealth management services in the U.S. with $35 billion in assets under advisement.

Bill’s areas of expertise include investment analysis and evaluation, asset management, investment portfolio design and implementation, executive compensation benefits design and implementation and financial planning for individuals and corporations.

He began his career in financial planning with the CIGNA Corporation in 1983. In 1988, he was named President of ABI Financial Services and continued to lead the firm until 1995, when he founded William E. Hamm and Associates, Inc. In 2000 he purchased an advisor group with 8 practicing advisors, formed IFP and grew that firm to a national presence with over 400 advisors in 38 states.

Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Florida and earned his master’s in Financial Services from the American College in Pennsylvania. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with majors in Accounting and Finance from the University of South Florida.

Bill’s designations include Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®). He is also a member of the CFA Institute, the Financial Analysts Society of Tampa Bay and the Financial Planning Association.



Jayne Alford, CFP®, CLU, CH.F.C., Managing Director

As Managing Director of IFP Insurance Group, Jayne Alford works closely with financial advisors to help strengthen their businesses. With 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Jayne opens and guides cases to successful solutions with financial advisors. Her knowledge combined with access to in-house case design experts, underwriting and national technical support keep her current and relevant.

A strategic marketer in business development for the insurance industry, Jayne’s expertise lies in opening new markets for agents and helping them to transition to independence. She speaks, trains, and advocates for allied professional relationships.

Jayne is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and life and series 6 licensed professional. She serves as Director on the National Board of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, chairing the Diversity Committee, a Foundation Committee member and former National Advisor to the Society of Financial Service Professionals – Tampa Chapter.

She is married to John Melchinger, The Marketing Coach™, a pioneer in target marketing financial services. In her spare time, she writes and performs original wedding ceremonies for couples as a Notary and Wedding Minister.


Kelle Schnabel, Insurance Services Specialist

As the specialist in the Insurance Services area, Kelle works with advisors to obtain quotes, conduct policy reviews, achieve needed licenses and answer questions. Kelle has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of the financial services industry. Kelle is currently working toward her ChFC designation and has experience in both sales and services of insurance and mutual funds.

A native of Tampa, Florida, Kelle is married and has two daughters in college. An avid Florida State University graduate, she and her family are active in the music program at their church and function as statisticians for a local professional soccer club.