Our Team

Laura Collins is a strategic thinker who focuses on creative solutions and a values-based, comprehensive approach in working with her clients . She collaborates with her customers accountants, as well as legal and social professionals to customize solutions for her clients. Her areas of expertise include strategies for asset protection, retirement planning, estate and legacy planning, insurance, tax strategies and wealth building.

Laura is an investment advisor representative  with Lincoln Financial Securities who specializes in the development of strategies for estate and retirement planning. She has been consistently ranked in the top 2% of life insurance professionals by the prestigious Court of the Table as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the premier association of professionals in the life insurance and financial services industry.

She also served as a chosen member of Ed Slott’s Elite and Master Elite IRA Advisor Group from 2006 – 2010. This group includes skilled professionals that specialize in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and offers an advanced level of ongoing IRA education and training. This group maintains high ethical standards and helps Laura focus on managing distribution of assets from retirement accounts. She also has a professional focus in working with federal employees on their retirement planning needs. Her background includes group benefits, human resources, management and insurance. Laura holds licenses in life, health, and long term care insurance, and has successfully completed the FINRA sponsored series 63, 65 and series  7 examinations.

Laura is especially motivated to help her clients pursue financial wealth and independence, and thus, the financial future they envision.

She lives in Burlington with her husband Tim and her four-legged children, Bella and Buster.



Michelle Hirsch serves as the Practice Manager for Provident Financial Group of the Carolinas.  In this role, she is the lead contact for clients, processes all new business and oversees all client management.
Since 2008, people have chosen to work with Michelle because of her passion and commitment to business growth and client service.  What this means is she is focused on developing and implementing processes and systems for all day-to-day operations in addition to providing an exceptional experience for all clients.  The real benefit is the confidence and certainty and she provides to those she serves.
Michelle attended Guilford College and has her Life and Health producer license.  Michelle is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.  She lives in Wake Forest with her husband David and sons Sam and Andrew.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, wakeboarding and Wolfpack sporting events.