Welcome to Kernodle & Katon

Experience wealth management, reimagined.

Get clarity and control over your financial life — and focus on living the life you really want. See how we help you do it.

About Our Office

At Kernodle & Katon, now a Division of United Capital, we know managing day-to-day financial decisions can be tough. And who has time to think about retirement? We're here to take all of that off your plate. We've built our business on helping clients understand the bigger picture of their financial life. It's easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed - that's where the hand holding comes in.

This really isn’t about us. It’s about freedom, progress and planning. And a team that can do all of it for you. We’ve built a team dedicated to a new way of financial management. We’re not here just to take the money you’ve worked hard for and put somewhere you can’t see. Our team is here to help make sure you have the resources to take that vacation, buy your next home, pay off debt and retire comfortably.

Our team understands the demands of life make it hard to stay on top of finances. That’s why we use an approach that works for your present and future, for you and your family, for work and living. Our goal is to make your life a little less hectic. We come to work every day excited to provide real solutions for the overwhelming task of money management.

In addition to Financial Life Management, our team specializes in:

  1. Tax Preparation*
    We coordinate all of the services you need, under one roof.
  2. Family Budgeting
    The day-to-day part if the hardest, yet vital to successful financial management
  3. Retirement Planning
    Saving for retirement sounds great in theory, but are you saving enough?
  4. Small Business Structure
    From tax returns to financial structure, we’ll set your business up for maximum profitability potential

*United Capital does not provide tax advice. Investors should consult their tax professionals with questions about their particular circumstances.

Why United Capital?

Financial Life Management

We’re not the typical wealth management firm. We looked around the industry and thought that there was a better way. So we created it. We developed a process that’s focused on helping you live your ideal life. One that continually adapts to the changing world and your changing circumstances. We call it Financial Life Management. And it’s totally unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

A Unique Approach

We’ll take the time to get to know you and understand the life you want to live. With collaborative, engaging digital tools, we’ll work with you to create a clear framework for living your ideal life. The result is a plan that’s dynamic and personalized — not one-and-done or one-size-fits-all.

Real Results

We help you align your decision-making with your ideal life, so you can achieve balance — and a healthy relationship with your money. That means we go beyond investments and investment results to help you live the life you want today. After all, isn’t that what a wealth manager is for?

United Capital: Imagine

Jeff Kernodle
Managing Director
Ben Katon
Managing Director
Kendra McKuin
Director of Operations

Jeff Kernodle

Managing Director


Jeff is a Central Arkansan through and through. He was born and raised in Searcy, Ark., and graduated from Harding University with a degree in accounting. He then ventured out of state to attend Kansas State University where he studied financial planning.

Peace of mind is the number one goal for Jeff when working with clients. Our team helps lift a massive financial weight off their client’s shoulders when they take over budgeting and management of all things financial for families. They want clients to walk out knowing that their finances are being taken care of in capable hands.

Jeff now lives in Little Rock with his wife, son and three daughters. Out of the office, you can find him spending time with his family, playing tennis, running or at a Razorback or Cardinals baseball game.

Giving back to his community and charitable organizations has always been a passion of Jeff’s. He has served on the board of Searcy Children’s Homes and Crosspointe Preparatory School, has been a member of the Lions Club and is actively involved in his church. In the future, he plans to continue working with organizations that support children with troubled backgrounds, adults struggling with financial literacy and youth sports.


Ben Katon

Managing Director


Though originally from New Braunfels, Tex., Ben is definitely an Arkansan at heart. He starts every morning with the Razorbacks by catching up on the latest recruitment updates, and has been actively involved in his local community since his graduation from Harding University with an economics degree.

Ben began work in the finance industry over twenty years ago before breaking out with Jeff to launch Kernodle & Katon in 2009, now a Division of United Capital. Their goal was to do more for their clients by taking the financial anxiety from them and into their hands.

When he’s not working with clients or keeping up with the Razorbacks, Ben enjoys golfing as a member of the “Double Digits Club,” a club started by Ben for bad golfers, or participating in his three sons’ various activities including quiz bowl and robotics.

In the past, Ben has been involved with Rotary, the Lions Club, served on the board of CASA of White County and, with Kernodle & Katon, worked to raise funds for Jacob’s Place, the Sunshine School, CASA and Good Samaritan Center of White County. Ben and his wife look forward to working with food banks, the local theater and children’s disabilities programs in the near future.


Kendra McKuin

Director of Operations


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12511 Cantrell Road
Little Rock, AR 72223

We are also located in Searcy, AR at:
515 S. Main St.
Searcy, AR 72143