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John A. Dougherty

John A. Dougherty, CPA, MBA, and

Registered Investment Advisor Representative

John has been involved with helping his clients wade through the complexities of investments, taxes, and estate planning in Florida since 1989.

As a CPA, he must comply with and be regulated by Florida's Department of Professional Regulation.  Dougherty & Associates is also a registered investment advisor firm regulated by the State's Department of Banking and Finance.  Each of these licenses brings with it testing and education requirements to ensure that clients and customers are protected. 

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, John graduated in the top 5% of his class from LaSalle University where he majored in Finance.  He completed his masters in business degree at New York University while working in New York City. 

Before coming to Florida, John was a senior financial analyst for a Fortune 500 computer company, then worked for an international consulting firm where his clients included General Electric, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and the US Army. 

During his time in Florida, John has served as president of the Estate Planning Council of the Nature Coast and of the North Suncoast Chapter of CPAs.  Dougherty has written several articles regarding financial management, given lectures, and hosted a radio talk show on financial planning.  John has served as trustee and vice chairman on the board of directors of Pasco-Hernando State College, being appointed by the Governor of the State.

John and his family have lived in Spring Hill for more than 30 years.


Chris Kadowaki

Chris Kadowaki

Associate Financial Advisor

Chris joined Dougherty & Associates, LLC in November 2018 as an associate financial advisor. His work experience includes different facets of the finance industry.

He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2013 earning a BSBA with majors in Finance and Economics. He began his career as a financial advisor working in asset management with individual and institutional investors. To add to his skill set, Chris also has experience with financial analysis in corporate finance managing corporate budgets and municipal bond financing for community development districts.

Chris moved down to Florida in 2016 from Michigan. When he is not working at Dougherty & Associates, he enjoys being active playing hockey or working out. He is also studying for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) exam.


Nicholette HamelNicholette Hamel, Administrative Assistant, joined Dougherty & Associates, LLC in April of 2020. She has 17 years federal governmental experience working for the Department of the Navy in Kittery, Maine as well as the Veteran’s Administration in Gainesville, FL. She has a Bachelor’s degree in forensic accounting and auditing and is ready and willing to help our clients by providing dependable and prompt customer service. Nicholette is married and has family in both the states of Maine and Florida including two grown children. She enjoys dancing and fitness and has taught classes in line dancing, West Coast Swing, and Zumba. She also loves sewing, crochet and crafting. Feel free to give her a call.