Andrew Greer, CFP®
Senior Wealth Advisor
Corey Sunstrom, CFP®
Director of Financial Planning
An entrepreneurial spirit comes naturally to Chris Hobart, who opened his first business at age 9: the Hobart Café and Karaoke, a neighborhood restaurant located in his parents’ basement. Since then, Chris has continued to dream big, and it’s led him to his true calling of helping others dream big, too.
From guiding baby boomers through retirement to inspiring other financial planners, Chris has dedicated his life to helping others live with meaning and purpose and achieve their dreams. His passion for helping others resulted in recognition from Senior Market Advisor in 2008 and from Retirement Advisor Magazine in 2016 as one of the top five independent advisors shaping the industry. He also received Charlotte’s 40 Under 40 award in 2015 and continues to be a highly sought-after coach to his peers.
Chris has taught his Gold Paper Clip philosophy to hundreds of financial advisors through mentoring, speaking and training programs. He’s been featured on a variety of well-known media outlets, including CNBC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Forbes magazine and many more. Chris also appears regularly on the TV morning show Charlotte Today, and he’s the host of The Charlotte Retirement Report, a weekly financial educational TV program.
Chris is dedicated to giving back to the Charlotte community, donating time and resources to local organizations. He and his wife, Renee, are avid supporters of the performing arts, and they have a joint a passion for making arts education and musical theater accessible to all young people regardless of financial means. Chris has also served on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, a local organization that helps young people unleash their true potential.
Family is the ultimate priority for Chris. He credits his hard work ethic and positive life outlook to his parents, Roger and Arlene, who taught him valuable lessons about being a great husband, dad, and leader. Chris spends most of his time outside of work with Renee and their two daughters, Sloane and Blythe. He also enjoys traveling to remote locales such Alaska, Wyoming and Canada, and he frequently escapes to the North Carolina mountains for some fly fishing.
As Senior Wealth Advisor, Andrew works closely with clients to develop customized financial strategies that incorporate asset allocation, financial management, retirement planning and succession planning. He also builds relationships with local CPAs and estate planning attorneys, enabling Hobart Financial Group to give clients a truly comprehensive, individual and holistic financial plan.
Andrew originally moved to Charlotte to open a restaurant, but quickly discovered it wasn’t his true calling. He wanted to help people in a bigger way – and knew that he could truly make a difference through financial advising. “I get to help people live their Bucket List Retirement,” he said. “Early in my career, I had this sense that retirement was essentially a permanent vacation with nothing to worry about. I quickly found out that retirement is the most significant, fundamental shift you will ever experience with your money which can be incredibly scary. Every day, I have the privilege of helping wonderful people navigate through the unknown.”
Andrew has been with Hobart Financial group for nearly a decade, and his favorite part of the firm is its character. “Our clients choose to work with us because this is where you go to be part of a family, not a file in the cabinet,” he said. “I love working here because of the same reasons someone would choose to become our client: family values, passionate professionals, fun loving, genuine and ethical.”
Andrew’s free time is immersed in activities with his wife, Leslie-Ann, and their son, Easton. “Seeing the world again for the first time through his eyes has always been something I was told to expect,” he said, “but I did not understand how rewarding it would be.”
In his role as Director of Financial Planning, Corey guides others in their financial lives and provides them with a better understanding of their financial picture. He works with clients to develop strategies for tax planning, estate and beneficiary planning, and income planning. Corey divides his time between meeting with clients and working behind the scenes to build retirement plans that stand the test of time.
Corey’s interest in the financial world was raised in college. During his first post-college job, he realized that managing finances took more dedication and effort than he had previously thought. “There were so many complexities that I hadn’t considered before,” Corey said. “I also realized that most people don’t understand the nuances associated with managing their money.”
While Corey enjoys teaching people about the process of saving, growing and passing money on to future generations, his favorite part of working at Hobart Financial group is getting to know the clients. “There is so much to be learned through listening to others,” Corey said. “We have a unique opportunity to hear stories of success, adventure, love and grief. It is an honor to me that our clients open up that part of their lives to us.”
Corey and his wife, Wheela, love to travel, checking new destinations off their list. Corey has his camera with him everywhere, capturing pictures of their adventures. The couple lives in Charlotte with their cat, Stevie, and their dog, Freddie.
Jacob Woodrum, CFP®
Lead Financial Advisor
Chief Compliance Officer
Jacob Woodrum’s career in financial services was inspired early in life by his father, a business owner and investor who spurred Jacob’s interest in financial markets and how they work. Jacob carries this passion into his role as a Lead Wealth Advisor, and he enjoys guiding clients on the principles of finance, retirement planning and the financial markets.
Prior to joining Hobart Financial Group, Jacob was a banker for Wells Fargo, where he helped clients by providing education and understanding each client’s individual goals and dreams. During that time, he developed the critical communication skills that allow him to connect with clients on a personal level.
When working with retirees and pre-retirees, Jacob is guided by the philosophy of sowing, then reaping. “We make informed decisions about an investment now, with the hope of reaping the harvest in the future,” he said. “The hard work and value of making quality investments comes before reaping but sets you up for success. The need for financial planning advice has never been greater and is a big reason I come to work every day.”
Jacob and his wife, Allie, love exploring Charlotte, trying out new restaurants and walking or biking around the city. Jacob credits much of his success to family, and he and his wife love spending time with their families in Virginia and West Virginia.
Mike Lacy joined the team in 2018 and brings more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry. As an associate financial advisor, he meets with potential clients to uncover their needs and present the best recommendations to fit their unique circumstances. Mike does much of his work behind the scenes, including gathering and inputting information and ensuring that all paperwork is accurate and complete.
Growing up, Mike watched many of his friends’ families struggle financially, unprepared for financial emergencies and unable to retire. He realized that not only did he never want to be in that situation himself, he also wanted to help others avoid those same struggles. Mike’s goal is to encourage people when they’ve done well and support them with helpful strategies to improve the chance of success moving forward.
Mike notes that two things set Hobart Financial Group apart. “Aside from the genuine care that is given to the people with whom we work, we make a point to plan for every phase of our clients’ financial lives,” he said. “Accumulation in a portfolio and appropriate investment strategy is important, but so is preparing for how that money will provide income … We help our clients plan and prepare for all of that.”
Mike moved to Charlotte in the summer of 2018 with his wife, Alex, and their daughter, Eleanor. They enjoy visiting new places and exploring the city. Outside of the office, Mike also spends his time cooking, golfing and cheering for the WVU Mountaineers.
Thomas Hamilton joined Hobart Financial Group in the summer of 2018. His nearly 15 years of experience in the industry added immediate value to the team. Thomas assists advisors and clients with service, planning and analysis needs. He also oversees all compliance and operations for the firm.
Thomas chose to pursue a career in the financial services industry in 2004, when he learned his parents were hit with a massive tax payment in 1998 after they were misguided by their financial advisor. As a result, Thomas made it his personal mission to help others avoid any misguided decisions from happening in their financial lives.
According to Thomas, the best thing about working at Hobart Financial group is its family environment. “It’s a close-knit firm with a small company atmosphere, but with the ability to do things in large scale,” he said. “My opinion matters and the absence of ‘large corporate red tape’ is refreshing. The work each of us does every day is clearly helping both the firm and its clients be successful.”
Thomas and his wife, Jessica, have two kids, Caleb and Shelby, and one dog, Albus. Thomas loves spending time with his family, cooking, aquarium keeping, playing golf, and tinkering with electronics. He has also been known to binge watch Netflix and YouTube with his kids.
Director of Employee Engagement
Social Media Specialist
Renee Hobart’s work is vital to everyone at Hobart Financial Group. That’s because she’s responsible for making sure the firm runs like a well-oiled machine, and she oversees a variety of functions, including Human Resources, financial reporting, and more.
Before joining Hobart Financial Group, Renee was a biologist with Merck & Co. She later became a pharmaceutical rep there, where she educated doctors and nurses on Merck’s product lines and provided product samples.
Renee is excited to be part of the Hobart Financial Group team. “Although I’m on the sidelines, I’m passionate about getting to know our clients and watching our team sincerely do the best for our clients,” she said. “I believe in the mission and vision of what we do. My favorite part of working here is feeling purposeful, that we’re making a difference in clients’ lives.”
Renee enjoys spending time with family, friends and traveling. An avid fan of the theater, she sits on the board of directors of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte. Renee is married to Chris, and they have two daughters, Sloane and Blythe.
As the executive assistant and event coordinator, Kim Collins juggles a variety of daily tasks. She’s charged with coordinating firm events, providing administrative support and making sure Chris Hobart knows exactly where he needs to be and when he needs to be there. Kim also oversees building management, ensuring the office’s physical environment is inviting for both clients and staff.
In 2018, Kim relocated to Charlotte from Sarasota, FL, where she spent four years working as the event coordinator for a wealth management firm. But her work experience hasn’t been limited to just financial services; in fact, you might describe her background as eclectic. “I have been a cosmetologist, cemetery owner/manager, fire educator and fire instructor,” Kim said. “So why not choose the financial industry, too?”
Kim and her daughter, Hannah, reside in the Ballantyne area. She can be found on the weekends enjoying time with her friends, exploring wineries throughout North Carolina and volunteering within her community.
Heidi Clearman sees social media platforms as a critical tool of communication for the firm. She creates and utilizes Hobart Financial Group’s digital content, including video, graphics and social media posts. Her goal is to create engaging content that showcases the firm’s culture for existing and future clients.
Before joining the team in 2018, Heidi worked for 20 years at a non-profit. There, she employed her attention to detail to oversee all aspects of event planning. This ranged from team management, marketing, implementation, organization and execution of events from start to finish.
Heidi enjoys working in the positive team dynamic she’s found at Hobart Financial Group, noting that it starts with Chris’s leadership. “There is something so inspiring about having a gifted leader who is a visionary but also deeply cares for his employees and clients,” she said. “This firm is unique in that it has a deep vein of integrity that translates into excellence in every area of the company.”
Heidi and her husband, Stacy, have four children: Rachel, David, Joelle and Gabrielle. She frequently volunteers in the community, both at her children’s school and the church the family attends. Heidi is also dedicated to health and fitness and spends her free time at the gym.
Client Service Specialist
Megan Robinson, FPQP™
Client Service Specialist
Events & Communications Assistant
Wendy Casale believes preparation is key when it comes to providing excellent customer service. She does a variety of behind-the-scenes work at Hobart Financial Group, helping advisors prepare for meetings as well as processing and tracking paperwork for new clients. She also works with existing clients to make sure their service requests are handled in a timely, friendly manner.
Wendy’s interest in the industry was piqued during her very first college class, which led her into courses about economics, personal finance and marketing. Discussions about the potential retirement crisis facing Americans today and the importance of taking charge of your own retirement inspired her to pursue a career helping people plan for their future and make a positive impact on their financial picture.
Before joining the Hobart Financial Group team, Wendy gained a wealth of experience working at Vanguard and Wells Fargo. Hobart Financial Group “feels like a family,” she said. “If a team member sees that a process can be done better, opinions and ideas are genuinely heard.”
Wendy and her husband, Bobby, have three children, Victoria, Allison and Mila. The family loves visiting Freedom Park/Carowinds in the summer as well as trying new Charlotte restaurants and checking out live bands throughout the year.
As a Client Service Specialist, Megan talks with new and existing clients throughout her day. Her various tasks include setting up new client accounts, processing client paperwork and providing operational support to the firm.
Prior to joining Hobart Financial Group in 2019, Megan worked for another financial services firm, where she worked primarily with dentists. During that time, she earned her Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ (FPQP™) designation. “Nothing in life is scarier than eventual retirement and the financial worries that go along with it,” Megan said. “Anything I can do to alleviate those concerns is a great feeling. I love building relationships with clients and anticipating their needs.”
Megan lives in Fort Mill with her Maltese/Shih Tzu mix, Charlie. When she’s not ensuring every client gets the best experience possible, Megan enjoys trying out new restaurants in Charlotte, going to the movies, or curling up on the couch with a book and Charlie.
As the Events & Communications Assistant, Hailey pitches in on a variety of tasks to make sure the office runs as smoothly as possible every day. She helps prep for workshops, inputs data and updates client profiles, and support with any side projects for other team members. She also assists clients who call the office.
This is Hailey’s first role in the financial services industry. Before joining Hobart Financial Group, she worked as a hostess at Hickory Tavern in Ballantyne, where she took care of customers and ensured that the front of the house ran smoothly. She also worked as a nanny and a dog sitter.
Hailey appreciates the team atmosphere of the firm. “Everyone I work with genuinely cares about me as a person,” she said. “These people are the most respectable, hard working and kind men and women I have ever known. I am motivated by them every single day.”
Hailey lives in in Indian Land, South Carolina. Outside of work, she enjoys attending concerts, walking nature trails and spending time at church.
John “Jock” Tonissen, CLU® LUTCF®
D. Scott Welton
John “Jock” Tonissen
Jock joined Hobart Financial Group in 2013 as an Investment Advisor. He’s dedicated to providing sound financial direction in all areas of the financial process. His focus is on a client’s total financial picture with an emphasis on financial services that are designed to help protect against the unforeseen initiated by disability, death, retirement or long term care needs. He serves both the individual and small business markets offering an extensive list of financial series, with particular emphasis on 401(k) programs.
Jock takes a long-term, relationship building approach when working with new and existing clients. Understanding a client’s unique needs is at the core of Jock’s practice. He firmly believes that his clients are “partners” with a relationship based upon trust and integrity. He stresses to his clients the importance of a long-term investment outlook before making short-term or individual investment decisions.
Jock has been in this profession since 1971 upon graduation from the University of South, Sewanee. He is the past president of the CLU (Chartered Life Underwriters) chapter in Charlotte, NC. He is a past Trustee of University of the South and Sewanee Annual Fund Chairman. He also served as a church officer. He resides in Charlotte with his wife, Anne. They have two children. Whenever there is time, Jock enjoys a good book, some gardening and even a game of golf.
D. Scott Welton
Scott has served as a financial advisor since 1966. He joined Hobart Financial Group in 2013 as Associate Wealth Advisor. He is a licensed life insurance agent and holds his series 65 and 7 licenses for portfolio management. Scott has developed strong advisor/client relationships, always striving to develop practical financial plans for clients to provide economic stability through retirement.
Scott earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He began his career as a MassMutual Insurance Agent in 1966. He is a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table and Master’s Club for Mass Mutual.
Scott extends his service oriented attitude, through work with Habitat for Humanity. He has assisted in building over 12 homes in the United States and overseas. Scott resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Laura. They have four children and 11 grandchildren. In his spare time, Scott enjoys playing golf, traveling and entertaining family and friends.
Carol is Director of Client Services and assists Jock Tonissen, who she has worked with since April 2012. Carol has worked in the financial advisor arena since 2003. She has series 6 and 63 securities license and obtained a Chartered Financial Consultant designation in 2009. In her role, she is responsible for service and administration of new and existing clients, providing operational support and processing paperwork for all accounts.
Carol has a Business Administration degree from Montreat College. Prior to her work in the financial advisory arena, she worked in the grocery manufacturing industry as a sales associate calling on grocery corporate headquarters, analyzing sales data and insuring the proper products were available for customers in the appropriate market.
Carol enjoys writing classes and recently self-published an inspirational book, “Matters of the Heart — A Cancer Journey” available on Amazon. Carol volunteers with the Komen Race for the Cure, Charlotte Family Housing and leads study groups at her church, St. John’s Baptist.
Carol resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Tomand their daughter, Lindsay who is attending college.
Heather has worked with D. Scott Welton, Wealth Advisor, for six years. She supports Scott with ongoing day-to-day operations providing excellent customer service. Heather processes new business, administers follow-up actions required for established clients’ accounts and creates new proposals/recommendations.
Heather graduated Magna Cum Laude from Crichton College in Memphis, TN with a B.S. in Business Administration. She obtained her life insurance license for the state of North Carolina in 2012. Before joining Hobart Financial Group, Heather worked as Operations Manager for STW Holdings, LLC in Charlotte, NC.
Heather resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband and seven children. In her spare time, she serves as CFO of her husband’s tax & bookkeeping office. She enjoys traveling, cooking, singing and spending time with her family.
and Client Services Specialist
Karen Holland joined Hobart Financial Group in 2014 and has worked in the financial and insurance industry for more than 19 years. After graduating from Florida State University, she worked as an Account Executive for several well-known financial firms, including BB&T, Southtrust Securities, First Charter Bank and Merrill Lynch.
Karen is committed to helping clients preserve and protect their financial futures. Her personal goal is to create a relationship based on trust and integrity with everyone she works with, and she brings genuine enthusiasm to the task of identifying solutions that move clients closer to their goals. Karenprides herself on her ability to inform and communicate with clients in a way that empowers them to take charge of their financial lives.
Lynn has been a member of the Hobart Financial Group since 2016. In her dual roles as Operations Manager and Client Service Specialist, Lynn is overseeing day-to-day operations, processing new business, servicing existing clients, and coordinating events.
Building strong client relationships is Lynn’s passion, and she listens closely to every client’s individual needs and concerns to provide the highest level of client service. She uses her excellent administrative and communication skills not only in the office, but also in non-profit volunteer roles within the community, local schools and church. Lynn is a graduate of Wingate University with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications, and also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Strayer University.
Lynn and her husband live in Mooresville and have two daughters who are currently in college. While much of her time is spent supporting her daughters’ activities, she also enjoys spending time with family and will find any excuse for a trip to the beach.