Company History

Southern Securities Group, LLC is a comprehensive wealth management firm serving the financial needs of individuals and small businesses around the United States.

Our organization was founded by Robert C. “Buddy” Wiggins alongside Marcy Borganelli in 2008.  In June 2017, Brandi Hoover joined the organization as a partner and entered into an acquisition agreement with Buddy as a result of his long term succession plan.  In June 2022, Brandi Hoover became the sole owner and President of Southern Securities Group, LLC.

Brandi Hoover, President

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Brandi was born and raised in the Hattiesburg regional area.  She attended the University of Mississippi where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008.  Upon graduation, she moved to Santa Barbara, CA to work as the National Marketing Director and would later become the Director of Operations for a national baseball recruiting firm.  In 2013, Brandi relocated to Nashville, TN where she began to transition her career from sports to finance.  In 2014, she returned to Hattiesburg and obtained her Series 7 and Series 66 licenses to become an LPL Financial Advisor.  Brandi went on to obtain her Series 24 license in anticipation of completing her acquisition of Southern Securities Group, LLC and began serving as the on-site OSJ.  Brandi was first introduced to the wealth management industry at the ripe age of 8 years old when her father became a financial advisor himself.  Growing up, she attended countless mutual fund conferences, meetings and other events where she began learning about investments at a very early age.

Brandi is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce where she volunteers as an ambassador to promote economic development in Hattiesburg.  She is an avid reader and belongs to the Hattiesburg Book Club.  She married Tyler Hoover in November 2014 and they have recently welcomed their first child, Noah, to their family in September 2018.  Brandi and her husband reside on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where they attend St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.  Her favorite hobby is traveling.


Robert C. “Buddy” Wiggins

LPL Registered Principal

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Buddy was raised in Columbia, MS.  He completed his undergraduate studies at William Carey and the University of Southern Mississippi.  He then attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.  After graduate school, Buddy entered the commercial banking business and completed the School of Banking of the South at LSU.  Following nine years in banking, he joined Carey Revels in what was to become Revels Securities Corporation, which later merged with Smith Barney in 1994.  Buddy became the manager of the Hattiesburg office and served in that position through Smith Barney’s acquisition of the Legg Mason brokerage business until he and Marcy left to form Southern Securities Group, LLC in 2008.

Buddy and his wife Shannon are members of Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg.  They are kept very busy with their six grandchildren.


Marcy Borganelli

LPL Registered Sales Assistant & Insurance Agent

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Marcy was born and raised in Prentiss, MS.  She attended the University of Southern Mississippi and then worked in banking from 1981-1998.  Her knowledge and experience in the financial services industry made for an easy transition to wealth management when she was hired by Merrill Lynch in 1999.  A few years later, Marcy joined Smith Barney as a client relationship manager where she first met Buddy.   In 2008, Buddy made the decision to form Southern Securities Group, LLC, and Marcy was happy to partner with him in his endeavor.  She played a crucial role in maintaining client relationships and helping Buddy establish and grow the business as it is today.  Marcy is licensed to sell Life, Health and Accident insurance in Mississippi and also holds a Series 7 securities license.

Marcy is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg.  She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising at Versus, and being outdoors.  She is the proud mother of Jennifer, Cade and Alex.

Ryan Holmes

Marketing Associate

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Ryan Holmes was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She is currently a student at Mississippi State University, where she is a member of the Shackouls Honors College as well as the Adkerson School of Accountancy. At Southern Securities Group, Holmes creates and manages social media content, communicates with clients, and deploys digital marketing strategies. “I love how passionate and dedicated every member of the team is when it comes to helping clients with any needs or concerns they may have,” Holmes said. “I also love how everyone promotes positivity. I am so thankful I get to be part of such a wonderful environment of coworkers and clients.” An avid fan of both The Office and New Girl, Holmes has watched both shows in their entirety several times.

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