Joe Carroll

Chief Compliance Officer & Director of Operations

After leaving the small, southeastern Kentucky town of Middlesboro to attend the University of Kentucky almost 30 years ago, Joe has never left Lexington and resides here with his wife, Brenda and two sons, Parker and Alden.  He studied Economics while at UK and has since proceeded to work in the financial industry in many different and interesting capacities ranging from office supervision to institutional trading.

Prior to joining Ballast, Joe worked at a Fortune 100 financial firm where he supervised financial professionals throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia.  In this position, he was tasked with making sure the firm’s client’s best interests were paramount in all financial recommendations.  By always carrying a healthy dose of skepticism in his back pocket, Joe is driven to make sure clients are allowed to worry less about their money, so they can focus more on enjoying their family and life.

In the Industry…

+ Series 7 General Securities Representative

+ Series 24 General Securities Principal

+ Series 53 Municipal Securities Principal

+ Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law

Christine McCabe

Administrative Assistant

Christine McCabe serves a number of roles for Ballast. With over ten years of experience in financial services, Christine provides skillful solutions to insure that our clients are always taken care of. Her efforts are essential to the financial success of our clients.

Amanda Harper

Administrative Assistant

Having learned our industry fundamentals in a boutique, family-office, Amanda Harper brings years of experience to Ballast.  Taking pride in exceeding client expectations, she thrives on going the extra mile and never leaving a question unanswered.  Amanda holds a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College.

S. Kristopher Bowerman

IT Specialist


Kris Bowerman is responsible for maintaining/updating our data network and oversees our data/cyber security. As a Network Analyst at the Department of Criminal Justice Training at Eastern Kentucky University, he is able to implement similar security and data capabilities but on a smaller scale. Kris holds a Master’s degree in Loss Prevention and Safety, a Bachelor’s degree in Police Administration, and a minor in Asset Protection Management from EKU.