Laura Webb is President and founder of Webb Investment Services, a wealth management and investment consulting firm that has been providing support to successful individuals, particularly women, in Western North Carolina since 1995.
Laura is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and has undergone the Certified Financial Transitionist® training. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has worked in the financial services industry for over 38 years. Prior to creating her firm, she served as the Department Head of Asset Management for FSC Securities and then as the first female vice president of Eagle Asset Management.
Laura is a 3rd generation native of Asheville. She likes to say she is “part of the lucky gene pool” as community involvement comes naturally to her. Her mother (who is still living), has a park (The Jean Webb Park) named after her for her work cleaning up the French Broad River. Her great-grandfather, Charles A Webb, was instrumental in forming the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Laura is personally involved with many organizations and non-profits including the Women for Women Giving Circle, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, United Way’s Women United, the YWCA, Pisgah Legal Services, the Asheville Humane Society, YMCA of Western North Carolina’s Camp Watia, Southern Appalachian Highlands Land Conservancy, the Friends of the Smokies Board and the Carolina’s Women’s Leadership Alliance as well as the Raymond James Women’s Leadership Alliance.
Laura loves supporting her community and being an advocate for women, especially women in business. She is also a business speaker and the author of several articles in notable business publications. She received the 2018 Trail Blazer Award*** for her hard work with WomanUP at the Annual Our Turn to Plan Luncheon which supports UNCA Women’s Athletic Scholarships. She received the Asheville Chamber of Commerce 2017 Volunteer of the Year** award for her help in creating WomanUp, has sponsored the Women Entrepreneur Award since 2003 and was awarded the Raymond James Woman of Distinction Award in 2017*. In 2019 she hosted Asheville’s first Em-Power Lunch event on Equal Pay Day, hoping to inspire more women to take an active role in their financial futures.
*The Women of Distinction Award is designed to recognize a woman advisor that has served as a role-model to other advisors or service associates in her branch or the industry. Through mentoring and coaching, she's supported the professional growth of women by sharing her experiences, knowledge, ideas and feedback. In addition to these qualities, nominations should also include a woman who is actively involved in her community through volunteer hours, and board participation. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor's future performance. No fee is paid in exchange for this award/rating.
**The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes Chamber members who have given of their time and talents beyond the call of duty in volunteer efforts with the Chamber. Any opinions are those of the speaker and not necessarily those of Raymond James. Raymond James is not affiliated with WomanUP or the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.
***The Bulldog Trailblazer Award is presented each year at the annual "Our Turn to Play" Luncheon to a "pioneering" woman who has opened doors for other women and who has served as a role model and mentor for others. UNC Asheville Athletics and the "Our Turn to Play" Luncheon Committee want to recognize the extraordinary talent, drive, and creativity of women leaders in our community. The person selected for this award must have demonstrated their support of UNC Asheville by investing not only their time and efforts but also their funds to support the Bulldogs. Preference would be to a former athlete. An individual, family, or business could also be recognize for outstanding support and generous contributions to UNC Asheville Women’s Athletics Programs and Student-Athletes. Nominations should be submitted from the OTTP Committee to Janet R. Cone, Director of Athletics. The OTTP Co-chairs and Director of Athletics will select the award recipient.
Raymond James is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned organizations.