ABOUT THE FIRM
JOHN PAUL, AIF®
John co-founded Sphere in January of 2015, he oversees process development for the compliance, operations, and strategy of the firm. He oversees economic, sector, and equity research while also developing the firm's core investment strategies. John graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2008, moved to Boston to take a job with John Hancock's Wood Logan desk and returned to Arkansas in 2010 to work with individual clients at Raymond James before starting Sphere. John spends a lot of time enjoying the beautiful parks and outdoor spaces around Northwest Arkansas.
DONALD J. PAUL
Don designs and manages how our firm interacts with Clients and oversees the marketing and service sides of our organization. Don joined Sphere in 2017 because after 27 years in financial services, almost entirely within a Bank, he began recognizing the conflicts of interest and lack of transparency within the broker/dealer side of our industry. Don, and his wife Terri, have a truly unique outlook on life and spend each day working to better their community in small ways. They have three adult children and a bushel of grandkids they try to spend as much time with as possible.
KEITH D. LEA
Keith is responsible for the firms core equity, alternative, and fixed income portfolios. He oversees the selection and execution of securities, portfolio diversification and rebalancing, and fixed income laddering. Keith joined Sphere in 2017 after 33 years in the financial services industry, most with the Bank of Fayetteville but also spent several years at Arvest and A.G. Edwards. Keith, and his wife Sharon, have truly enjoyed living and raising children in Fayetteville. They love spending time with family and being involved in their local church's efforts to make a positive impact in the community.
TEDDY AWUAH, AIF®
Teddy joined Sphere in February of 2019, he is responsible for all group retirement plans the firm manages and/or consults. He handles client onboarding and experience, as well as development and execution of ERISA specific fiduciary processes. Teddy graduated from Liberty University in 2006, and began his financial services career in 2008 in Boston, on John Hancock’s Wood Logan desk. In 2010, Teddy joined John Hancock’s Retirement Plan Services division and eventually became the Regional Account Manager covering the entire state of Texas. He also spent time as a Retirement Plan consultant with Comerica Bank and Wealth Development Strategies before joining Sphere. Teddy, his wife Shante and their son Genesis, are very involved in their local church and in their community.