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Experience, Education and Background

“Investors armed with basic investment principles, well-defined goals, and reasonable self-awareness greatly increase the likelihood of investment success.”

David F. Swensen (Yale Endowment Portfolio Manager) 
   “Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Investment Management”


Over 40 years of real-world financial experience have given Neil a unique and valuable perspective on the financial services business.

At ChevronTexaco, his work with engineers, attorneys, and financial executives showed him what a determinant management is to a venture’s success. While with the HSBC Treasury Department, Neil became versed in the intricacies of bringing a bond to the financial markets. Working at UBS and Merrill Lynch, he learned the importance of bringing a skeptics eye to the myriad of investment pitches and the value of a common sense approach to investment management.

After working at some of the world’s most highly regarded financial service’s providers, Neil is now able to offer his knowledge and experience to his clients through his own firm.

You can check the background of investment professional Neil Farrell on FINRA’s broker check here


Neil Vincent Farrell joined Farrell Financial LLC in 2022 after more than five years in university advancement and philanthropic giving. 

Most recently Neil served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he oversaw the athletic department’s annual fundraising efforts and worked directly with generous individuals to help achieve their philanthropic goals through major gifts and annual giving. 

Prior to his time in Chattanooga, Neil served as Development Coordinator at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In that role Neil oversaw the sport-specific fundraising and alumni engagement efforts of the academy’s boxing, swimming & diving, men’s soccer, and spirit squads. 

A resident of Buffalo, NY, Neil is a two-time graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in 2016, with a minor in Business and a Master of Education in 2017.


Almost seven years at Farrell Financial,
an independent financial firm

Three years with Merrill Lynch, one of the world’s premier financial institutions, as a member of their Global Private Client’s Group

Nine years with UBS Financial Services, one of the world’s largest and most respected financial organizations.

Five years with Carter Financial, an independent firm.

Nine years at HSBC Bank, including seven years in the Investments/Treasurer’s Group

Five years with ChevronTexaco, a Fortune 500 company, in the field of finance, the latter two years in the financial reporting office of ChevronTexaco’s world headquarters.


Neil’s degrees in business have helped prepare him to understand and have provided the tools to explain the advantages and disadvantages of the various investment options.

B.S. Finance, Canisius College

MBA Finance/Marketing Canisius College


Neil was born and raised in South Buffalo, the middle child with 10 siblings, a working-class neighborhood in Western New York, where the values of hard work, honesty, and integrity were instilled early.

Neil has been married to Joanne McNamara Farrell over 35 years and is a proud father of three. He is also deeply engaged in the Buffalo community and has held leadership roles in support of:

“I maintain a firm commitment to the community in which I work and live. I try to adhere to the three simple rules: Do what is right. Do your best. Treat others like you like to be treated.”

- Neil Farrell