Our Team

Committed to Serving You

Knowledgeable guidance to help you through uncertainty.

You will feel comfortable partnering with us because we are a fun and approachable team of extremely skilled and talented financial professionals. We specialize in retirement planning, investment portfolio management, estate and inheritance planning, education savings, and more.


Eric Boland, CFP®, AIF®

Managing Partner

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"I believe in taking an in-depth, strategic approach to financial planning. I seek to solve the financial challenges my clients face as they relate to retirement, inheritance, education, insurance, and investing. Above all else, I observe the highest professional and ethical standards, act in my clients' best interests, and constantly strive to improve my abilities."

Eric Boland is one of the four founding members of Provident Financial Group, LLC, and brings 25 years of financial services industry experience to the partnership. As a financial advisor to a wide range of clients, Eric works hard to identify the immediate and long-term needs of his clients and helps them prepare a financial plan to achieve their goals.

Eric is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®) practitioner. He has also received the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, a specialized program of study focused on 27 prudent investment practices. Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Monmouth College.

Eric is an active member of his community and served as board president of Family Service of Champaign County, Illini Rebounders, as well as on the United Way of Champaign County Emerging Community Leaders. Eric and his wife, Jill, have a son, Trevor, and a daughter, Abby. When he isn't actively planning for his clients, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, coaching softball, and reading.


Starla Carr, CRPC®

Managing Partner

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“My main objective is to help create and manage wealth. Building trust will be of foremost importance to attain and retain clients.”

Starla Carr is one of the founding members of Provident Financial Group, LLC. She has 27 years of wealth management and leadership experience. Starla works closely with her clients in formulating custom-tailored financial planning and investment management. While planning strategically for the long-term, she helps clients make sound financial decisions that align with their personal values and objectives.

Starla holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Consultant (CRPC®) designation. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Starla is an active member of the community, serving on the Cunningham Children’s Home Asset Management Committee. Starla believes strongly in volunteering in our local communities. She has served on committees with United Way, Executive Club of Champaign County, Provena Hospital Planned Giving, and United Methodist Investment Committee.

She lives in Monticello with her husband, Matt, and their children, Mitchell and Allison. In her spare time, Starla enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, and attending Illinois sporting events.


Robert Meyer, ChFC®

Managing Partner

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“Taking income from retirement assets may seem simple, but it could be the most overlooked aspect of financial planning. Generating stable monthly income for the remainder of your life requires careful analysis of projected returns, income streams, and tax consequences. Depending on your specific income needs, lifetime goals and existing positions, I will create a plan tailored specifically for you.”

Robert Meyer is one of the founding partners of Provident Financial Group, LLC. He began his career in investment management in 1997. Rob specializes in retirement income planning. He works with each client to develop a retirement income strategy tailored to their specific needs. Rob earned the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) professional designation from The American College. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Rob is a past-President of the Rotary Club of Savoy and chairs the club’s foundation committee. He and his wife, Jane, are life-long members of the community. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and attending University of Illinois sports events.


Melinda Taylor

Office Manager

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Melinda joined Provident Financial Group, LLC in May 2009 just after they opened for business. She brings more than 20 years of customer service experience to the Provident Team, which includes 15 years in the financial services industry. As the first face clients see when coming to Provident, Melinda ensures everyone receives the highest level of service, as well as performs a wide variety of office functions. She also fills the role of assistant to each of the advisors in our office. Melinda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, with an Accounting Minor, from Illinois State University.

Melinda and her husband, Greg, have two sons, Zachary and Jacob. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing outdoor activities, and reading.

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