Columbia Office Information

720 E. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201

Phone: (573) 874-8490

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chris Watkins, J.D.

Vice President & Relationship Manager

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Chris has worked in private practice as an attorney for over 20 years, representing and advising individuals and businesses in matters involving estate planning, corporate law, contracts, and business transactions. Chris’s primary role at Central Trust Company is to provide guidance and expertise to clients in matters concerning estate planning, trust administration, wealth management, and business succession planning.

Education & Certifications

  • Juris Doctor, University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate, University of Missouri – Columbia

Interests & Activities

Chris has served as an officer and board member for Youth Empowerment Zone. He is proud to be an Eagle Scout, and has served on the board for the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Chris has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Columbia, Missouri for many years, through which he frequently donates his time helping other local organizations, including the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and the Voluntary Action Center.

Outside of the office, enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys outdoor activities, including camping, kayaking, canoeing, and fly fishing.

Our Columbia Team


Amber Myers, CTFA, CISP

Vice President & Relationship Manager

Arthur Blackman

Vice President & Portfolio Manager
Bryan Alee

Bryan Allee, J.D.

Executive Vice President & Chief Fiduciary Officer

Chris Harris, J.D., CPA

Assistant Vice President & Wealth Management Advisor

Chris Watkins, J.D.

Vice President & Relationship Manager
Dave Stepanek

Dave Stepanek

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Denny Lachcik, MBA

Vice President & Portfolio Manager

Beth Naylor, CTFA

Relationship Manager & Fiduciary Services

Greg Berg, CFA, CAIA, MBA

Senior Vice President & Senior Portfolio Manager

John Bailey, CFP®

Senior Vice President & Wealth Management Advisor
John Stringer

John Stringer, CFP®, CTFA

Assistant Vice President & Relationship Manager

Julie Firmand, CRPP™, AIF®

Vice President & Relationship Manager
Kim Schwend

Kim Schwend, CISP

Assistant Vice President & Relationship Manager
Scott Kellett

Scott M. Kellett, J.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Teresa Douglass

Teresa Douglass, J.D., LLM, CPA

Senior Vice President & Senior Fiduciary Officer