Who We Are


Karr Barth Associteas Inc, founded in 1967, is one of over 145 U.S. Branch and District offices of AXA Advisors. The Philadelphia branch for AXA (then Equitable) began when George Karr was tapped to establish a new office in Philadelphia. Shortly after, George hired Bob Barth and they formed Karr Barth Associates as partners in 1974.

George W. Karr, Jr. and Robert Barth (dec), believed in delivering a superior experience for clients, advisors, and all its stakeholders.   George and Bob were pioneers in providing unparalleled support and resources to their advisors—including early-stage use of technology.  This culture of nurturing leaders and innovation continues today.  With over 400 advisors and associates, KBA remains an industry leader in the creation and preservation of wealth.  This year, Karr Barth celebrates it's 50th Anniversary of Making a Difference in the Lives of Others and looks forward to doing so for the next 50 years.

We are laser focused on the next 50 years. Are you interested in being part of the next exciting chapter?  If you are seeking financial guidance, please let us know how we can help-contact us.  If you're a high integrity individual contemplating a career in financial services,  let's have a conversation.  If you are a successful financial professional or group today, but are looking “for more” to bring your business to the next level, let's have that private discussion. Contact us.  


Client Commitment

AXA Advisors strives to develop ongoing relationships with clients to help them review and revise their financial strategies through each life stage.

This commitment involves:

-Consultative meetings to examine a client's current situation and financial needs

-Education on a wide variety of financial subjects to help clients make informed decisions

-Development of strategies designed to help meet short-,medium-, and long-term goals

-Implementation of strategies through financial products and services appropriate to each individual's circumstances

Community Commitment

AXA Advisors financial professionals and branch offices support hundreds of local charitable and philanthropic organizations through donations of time, money, and skills. About 20,000 AXA employees volunteer their time and skills in their neighborhood communities.  At Karr Barth Associates, we have donated time and money to many organizations over the years, but most recently our efforts have focused on our annual Philadelphia Triathlon that benefits the Cancer Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and our semiannual blood drives for the American Red Cross.


Famous AXA policyholders include eight presidents, Babe Ruth, George Burns, J.D. Rockefeller, Walter Chrysler, and W.K. Kellogg