Our Firm - 221 B Advisory Services, LLC


John C. Watson, III

John has over 41 years experience in the financial services industry, affiliating with Provident Mutual on April 1, 1979. He specializes in the Business and Family Wealth Transfer marketplace, commonly known as Estate and Business Succession Planning which includes the  Executive  Compensation and Fringe Benefit  Consulting marketplace as well as in the Wealth Creation and Estate Preservation strategies.

John was a member each year of the Nationwide Financial Network (Formerly Nationwide Provident / Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company) Presidents Club (established in 1994).  He qualified for the Premier Club and Sales Conference (formerly Top-50 and the Provident Mutual Leaders Association [PMLA]) each year, beginning in 1981.  He is the recipient of Provident Mutuals 2001 Boris Todorovich award, the 2004 Nationwide Provident Presidents Prestige Award and was the 2004, 2005 & 2006 Nationwide Financial Network leading agent.

In May of 2007 John affiliated with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and Hornor, Towsend, & Kent, Inc. (HTK).  In 2008 and 2009 he was awarded Penn Mutual's Gold Medal.  In 2010, and 2011 he was awarded Penn Mutual's Silver Medal.  In 2015, he was awarded Penn Mutual's Bronze Medal.  He was named Penn Mutual's Financial Professional of the Year in March, 2011 and was the recepient of the Walter J. Scott Distinguished Service Award in June 2018.  He is a member of the Penn Mutual STAR program.  The requirements of these Penn Mutual awards and programs does not evaluate the quality of services provided and is not indicitive of the Agent's future performance.

In April, 2013, John joined the Board of Directors of The Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU), where he served for 5 years.  He continues to serve within AALU on select committees.


email:  j3@basllc.com


Teresa A. Slack

Teresa joined the firm in 2003 as John Watson III's Administrative Assistant.

She is a licensed agent in North Carolina for Life and Health Insurance.

Teresa is responsible for the processing and oversight of all business.


email:  tslack@221basllc.com


Leslie D. Hicks

Leslie joined the firm in 2015 as an administrative assistant.

Leslie is reponsible for individual client management and client reporting.


email:   lhicks@221basllc.com


John C. Watson, IV (of counsel)

John IV joined the firm in 2004 after graduating from East Carolina University

with a degree in Economics.


John graduated from Elon University's School of Law in May of 2010.  He  passed

the North Carolina Bar in July 2010.  He is a practicing attorney in Jacksonville, NC.


John is also a licensed agent in North Carolina for Life and Health as well as Property and Casualty Insurance. 


He serves 'of counsel' to 221 B Advisory Services, LLC.


Jerry W. Lawson (1944-2009) - A Gentleman of Character and Integrity


A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, began his career

in the financial services industry with Provident Mutual in 1967.  For the first 10 years

of his career, he built a substantial life insurance practice, specializing in the

areas of estate planning, retirement planning and employee benefits.

He transitioned into his role of Agency Management in 1978, retiring in 1999,

when he joined Lawson & Watson, LLC.

In addition to his many professional achievements, Jerry was active in several

community organizations, including the Greensboro Human Relations

Commission, President of the Greensboro Housing Authority, Board of Visitors

of the School of Economics of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

past Board of Visitors of Guilford College, and member of the Advisory Board at

Branch Banking and Trust.

In May of 2007 Jerry affiliated with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and Hornor,

Townsend, & Kent, Inc. (HTK).


HTK does not offer tax or legal advice.


The Boy Scout Law:   Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.


The Boy Scout Motto:  Be Prepared.


The Boy Scout Slogan:  Do a Good Turn Daily.

221 B Advisory Services, LLC is independent of Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc..


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