The Buford-Malone Group
at Waddell & Reed, Inc.



900 W. 48th Pl. Suite 120
Kansas City , MO 64112


(816) 548-4155 OR (816) 792-5072


(816) 561-1921

Meet Our Team


Waddell & Reed is a full-service financial firm committed to helping people pursue their financial goals. We offer a wide range of financial products and services to individuals and business owners. We believe you will be better able to identify your goals and make educated financial decisions by utilizing our financial planning process.

Please call us if you have any questions about our firm or the range of financial products and services we provide.



 Dean K. "Rocky" Buford is a Financial Advisor for Waddell & Reed and has been serving clients since 1984. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1975. Rocky is a Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner and received his certification from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado in 1992. He holds 6, 7, 22 and 63 securities licenses in addition to life, health, and long-term care insurance licenses. Rocky recently added to his CFP®  certification with the completion of the RICP (Retirement Income Certified Professional) designation, October 2014.  Rocky is insurance licensed in 12 states, including Kansas and Missouri.

Rocky's goal is to build and retain relationships with clients. He helps guide people to pursue their financial goals. On a daily basis, Rocky works with clients to develop custom solutions that incorporate services and products designed to specifically fit his client's needs and lifestyles.

As an active member in his community, Rocky serves on the Abundant Generosity Team as Stewardship Chair and on the Administrative Council Executive (ACE) Committee at Liberty United Methodist Church. In the past, he served on the board for three years for both the Liberty Rotary Club and the Financial Planning Association of the Greater Kansas City. In addition to these organizations, he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Rocky has been a resident of Liberty, Mo. for over 25 years and enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters, and three grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys involvement in family activities as well as traveling with his wife and playing memorable golf destinations around the world.


Jennifer Malone has been a Financial Advisor for Waddell & Reed since 2007. Before joining Waddell & Reed, Jennifer spent three years teaching high school and middle school math after receiving her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Rockhurst College in 2002.  Jennifer is a Certified Financial Planner TM practitioner and received her certification from the Boston Institute of Finance in 2014.  She completed the exam and requirements for the CFP® mark in September of 2014.  Jennifer also holds certification as a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado.  She holds the 7 and 66 securities licenses in addition to life and health insurance licenses.  Jennifer is  insurance licensed in 12 states, including the states of Missouri and Kansas.

As a Financial Advisor, Jennifer's goal is to help clients plan for their future today. She assists clients by helping to analyze their progress towards their personal financial planning and investment planning goals. She continues to support clients through one-on-one conversations, and by planning events and educational workshops throughout the year. She works on a daily basis to develop, strengthen, and maintain meaningful relationships with clients so she can effectively assist them in planning for their financial future.

Jennifer is actively involved in the Liberty Community as past Board Member of the Liberty Chamber of Commerce & recently completed her term as 2015 Chair of the Board.  She also volunteers as Past-President for the Soroptimist International of Liberty Club.  As a mother of three children, Jennifer is actively involved in her children's activities and volunteers as a Girl Scout leader.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and attending music and sporting events with her husband.


 Andrew Rogers started his career in financial services in 2009. He joined Waddell & Reed in and has been securities licensed since 2014. Throughout his career, he has made a point to learn and understand the value he has brought to each person he has met. The reason he gets up every day so he can serve others and help them pursue their goals.

He is passionate about helping people get what they want in life.  His goal is to invest the time and resources to find out what is important to you, and help support you in your pursuit of what matters most to you.

Outside of the office, Andrew serves on the Board of Directors with a non profit foundation in Kansas City.  He is an avid sports enthusiast and former college athlete. He also enjoys spending time with his family and is a dog lover through and through.


Adam Hawley is the newest addition to the Buford Malone Group. For the past 4 and 1/2 years, Adam has served as the District Branch Manager of our Plaza office. On June 1st, 2017, we are proud to say he is officially on our team as a Financial Advisor.

Adam brings a strong business management background to our practice and will be overseeing the day to day operations. Additionally, he has a passion for helping to coach people in all aspects, especially areas of financial planning and leadership.

Outside of The Buford Malone Team, Adam serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Kansas City, volunteers time with Junior Achievement, and he and his wife, Crystal, are a "Big Couple" with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City.

Adam has two children, Conrad and Cierra, who keep him very busy running from one activity to the next. But somehow, every year he also finds a little time to hike deep into the mountains or a river bottom for a little fly fishing or archery hunting.

Adam has a Bachelor's Degree from Fort Hays State University with a Major in Business Management. He also was a full ride college basketball player and holds the career blocked shot record at his first school, Texas Lutheran University.


Gabe McCubbin joined the team as an Advisor Assistant in 2011.  He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2004 with a degree in Consumer and Family Economics.  Before joining the team, Gabe worked in real estate. He works in the KC Plaza office.

As part of the team, Gabe's primary focus is to assist Rocky and Jennifer as administrative support to the financial planning process.

Gabe has lived in the Liberty area for over 25 years.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.  They attend Liberty United Methodist Church where they are co-leaders of an adult small group study.



Elizabeth Reed joined our team as an Advisor Assistant in May 2017. In 2014, Elizabeth graduated from the Next Generation Internship in Oklahoma City. She has previously worked in retail and in the creative field as an interior painter.

As an assistant to our practice, she helps the team organizationally and analytically prepare for client appointments and bring additional value to our overall client experience.

Elizabeth is very involved in her parents church, serving as their Creative Director and Event Coordinator. 




Amber Farage joined our team as an Advisor Assistant in February of 2016. She graduated from University of Buffalo with a degree in Psychology and furthered her education at Luther Rice University with a Masters in Counseling & Theology. She has worked for several years in retail & business management roles.

As an assistant to our practice, she is the initial contact for addressing client needs.  In addition she schedules and helps prepare for client appointments as well as serving as a liaison between our office and our back office to ensure a smooth and accurate  process for client transactions.  Her daily efforts greatly enhance our overall client experience.

Amber and her husband relocated to the Kansas City area in 2016 as youth & young adult pastors at their church. Amber enjoys music and arts as well as spending time with family & friends.



Gabe, Elizabeth, and Amber act as non-registered associated persons of Waddell & Reed, Inc.  They are authorized to assist Financial Advisors with approved activities.  They are prohibited from soliciting, creating a market or account for any securities, investment advisory or insurance services. These activities are the sole responsibility of the Financial Advisors. in addition they are not authorized to enter into any contractual obligations on behalf of Waddell & Reed, Inc. or otherwise bind the firm.

Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Waddell & Reed, Inc., a Broker/Dealer, member FINRA/SIPC and Federally Registered Investment Advisor.

Buford-Malone Group is a team name used by advisors affiliated with Waddell & Reed for marketing purposes only.

Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with any organizations listed herein.