Barbara C. Archer is a consummate entrepreneur who sees her clients’ world through a creative financial lens. As a Managing Director and Partner of HighTower St. Louis Wealth Advisors, she and the team are resourceful problem solvers who deliver valuable advice and investment guidance.
Prior to HighTower St. Louis Wealth Advisors, Barbara founded Archer Wealth Management, LLC, in 1983. The independent wealth management firm offered high-net worth-families, executives, professionals and business owners a diverse suite of financial management solutions, including investment, estate and gift planning strategies.
Barbara has received many industry awards and recognitions for her client care and investment acumen, including being honored by Barron’s in 2014, 2016, 2017 and most recently on the 2018 “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors.” Barbara has also been noted in to the Worth “2008 Top 250 Advisors” list and Forbes “2009 Leading Wealth Managers of the Central United States” list. Most recently she was recognized by Forbes/SHOOK “2019 Top Women Wealth Advisors” and Forbes “2019 Best-In-State Wealth Advisor” lists.
Barbara is a member and past President of the St. Louis Chapter of the Financial Planning Association and a member and a past Board Committee Chair of the Estate Planning Council. She has been recognized in 2017 by the St. Louis Business Journal on the “Most Influential Business Women” list. Barbara has spoken frequently on all aspects of wealth management and lectured on practice management to the financial planning industry. Barbara was recently named by YWCA Metro St. Louis as one of the 2019 Leaders of Distinction.
Barbara earned her BS and MBA degrees from the University of Dayton and has completed the Wharton Executive Education Program on Retirement Risk and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Course Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director. As an Investment Advisor Representative with Hightower Advisors, she holds the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP™), Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) and Certified Family Business Specialist (CFBS) designations.
A passionate community volunteer, Barbara serves on the Board of the St. Louis Zoo Association and Planned Giving Advisory Committee, the St. Louis Public Radio Board, the Mercy Health Foundation Board of Directors and is a Lifetime Board member and past President of Center of Creative Arts (COCA). She continues to support the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri, the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Legacy Partners, Mercy Women with a Mission and St. Louis Forum. Along with her business partners, she is a donor advisor for the HighTower St. Louis Wealth Advisors Charitable Foundation.
Barbara and her husband, Steve, enjoy golf, travel and water sports, as well as spending time with their two grown children, Ryan and Kristin.