At SouthPark Capital we value our culture deeply. After all, we spend a great deal of our lives at work on behalf of our clients. We are proud to share in a rich set of organizing principles that set the stage for our daily work:
Laugh – Doing serious work in good humor
Learn – Practicing ceaseless improvement in all we do
Live – Fully present, living and working with fidelity
To the person we aspire to reflect these cultural principals in the daily decisions that become our body of work.
Chief Executive Officer
George has worked in business for more than twenty-five years as an entrepreneur, consultant, dealmaker, and executive for early and mid-stage companies. He has substantial concentrations in finance, technology, consulting and numerous forms of transaction work. George has worked to build new companies, grow existing businesses, form strategic relationships and most often puts energy to new ways of doing things.
George dropped out of Northwestern University to found his first technology business, which grew under his leadership to more than $30M in revenue and was acquired by a public company in 1996. After effectuating the sale of the company, George served as a senior executive in the new firm where revenues exceeded $100M.
Following the sale of his company, and his brief “retirement”, George worked in mergers and acquisitions where he brokered the sale of private businesses ranging in value from $2-20M, while also serving as a trusted advisor to small business leaders working to grow, fund and eventually exit their businesses.
Today George advises wealth Clients individually, leads the Advisory team and sets the strategic vision for SouthPark Capital and Investor’s Impact. Throughout the industry George is a sought after speaker at national events as well as a confidant and mentor to those who lead successful financial practices of their own.
George’s insatiable curiosity, action oriented approach and broad ranging interests are invaluable to those he advises. Clients often remark on the relevance of his real world, first person experience and the unique insights he brings to their financial puzzles. George makes his home in Charlotte, NC, with his wife Robin, their daughter Sarah, and Lucy Cupcake, their Golden Retriever.
Atlanta Market Leader
Iain has been working with individual and institutional investors since 1992. Affiliated with Kalos since 2012, he joined the company in January 2015 to manage and grow its Private Wealth Group. As the group’s manager, Iain looks to build upon the core strengths of Kalos capitalizing on the collective investment and insurance expertise into more sophisticated solutions sought by investors.
A graduate of Maryville College, Iain spent much of his career working with financial services companies predominantly based in Hamilton, Bermuda. His specialization was implementing strategies utilized by ultra-high net worth investors and their Advisers seeking tax efficient solutions. This integrated customized investment management strategies wrapped within privately placed insurance programs. In 2007 Iain founded his consulting companies which contracted international financial services companies to assist with general operation and administration matters. Quite frequently Iain has been called upon to lead M&A strategies of companies specializing in private placement insurance products.
With his experience and relationships, Iain is well positioned to assist Kalos and its clients looking to implement the multitude of complex financial products available.
Janet comes to finance from a long career in retail management, marketing, community leadership and entrepreneurship. Throughout more than thirty years in business, Janet has distinguished herself as a thought leader in client service, consistently finding ways to deliver more than promised ahead of schedule. Janet’s approachable, down-to-earth demeanor arises from her experiences growing up in an Indiana farming community where one’s word truly served as their bond.
Having held positions of substantial responsibility for the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue and Brooks Brothers, as well as numerous community centered and entrepreneurial roles, she finds her varied and diverse background an asset in responding to any request for help and truly puts her personal integrity into each and every task she handles. In her role as Financial Advisor Janet forms relationships with our valued Clients, assisting them in executing every aspect of their financial goals.
Janet’s family provides personal-life experience with retirement needs, assisting her late-80’s parents as they navigate Medicare and all aspects of financial planning. Having lived in Charlotte for over 20 years, Janet takes great pride and joy in her three adult children and their English Setter, Lily.
Vice President of Operations
Suzanne’s first role with SouthPark Capital was as “Director of First Impressions”. In this role Suzanne was most often that first voice you would hear when calling SouthPark Capital and the first smile you saw when arriving at our offices. Suzanne also serves as our corporate baker, lovingly providing those freshly made cookies ever present in our offices.
Since then Suzanne has become a key member of our leadership team where she now serves as Vice President of Operations, where she brings her deep commitment to excellence and her warm style to an ever-broadening sphere of influence. Today Suzanne’s responsibilities spread across Client care, administration, finance, marketing and human resources. In many ways Suzanne is the glue that binds our organizational pathways.
Suzanne earned a BS in Psychology and Sociology from Eastern Illinois University. After working at the management level in the senior services industry, she later chose to focus her efforts in the hospitality field where she worked in a variety of management positions and developed a passion for service excellence, something SouthPark Capital Clients benefit from today. Suzanne enjoys hosting her adult daughter and friends from her native Chicago and introducing them to the live music scene and outdoor recreational facilities that Charlotte has to offer. She is in love with Stafford, her rescued Cairn Terrier mix dog.
Steve has been in executive level management positions for more than thirty years, working primarily in small to midsize private and public companies. His positions have ranged from Vice President of Sales in a technology company, to Chief Financial Officer of a public biotechnology company, to Chief Executive Officer of a public health and wellness company.
After selling his $30M technology business in 1996 to a public company he remained with the acquiring firm until 1999 as Vice President and General Counsel. Since that time, Steve has worked in the private and public equity markets, raising capital for technology, biotech and software companies.
As a result of his wide-ranging experience, Steve has been called upon to serve in senior management posts performing mission-critical assignments including the legal execution of public SEC filings, vendor contract negotiations and internal employee agreements for key management personnel. Steve received a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and a JD from the John Marshall Law School.
Steve’s career in business and his extensive capital markets background provide valuable insights as he advises clients seeking to protect and grow their life savings. People often remark on his easygoing personal style, which helps him relate easily to individuals from all walks of life.
Steve relocated to Charlotte from Chicago and has great interest in all things health and wellness, especially those things that keep him feeling young!
After graduating from Kettering University with an engineering degree, John held several executive positions with both General Motors and ITT Corporation before starting his own consulting firm focused on reducing overall operating costs for large and small companies.
After traveling fulltime for more than 20 years serving his business consulting clients, John made the decision to move into the financial industry with a focus on serving individuals. Today John brings the same service ethic and empathy that served his business consulting clients so well to the families he advises. Just as John decided to put his own family first by reducing his business travel and working more in his own community, he works daily to empower the financial dreams of those he advises as they labor to better their own financial foundations.
By helping families with financial plans that include health care, asset protection, college funding, retirement and Social Security planning, John ensures his clients avoid every day financial risks while embracing the opportunities for growth that lie ahead. John recognizes that one solution does not fit everyone, so through a four-part process, he develops a financial plan tailored to meet the specific needs and desires of each unique client.
John makes his home in Matthews, NC with his wife Cheryl. Together they have 8 children, all college graduates, and 6 wonderful grandchildren.
Health & LTC Insurance Advisor
Jim’s primary role at SouthPark Capital has been in helping our clients deal with the highly important aspect of healthcare insurance benefits in their retirement years. His background career as an officer in the US Navy and 40+ years in the computer systems field has equipped him well to assist our clients in evaluating the myriad of available products available to supplement Medicare and apply them to their unique situations.
Jim graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then completed the US Navy’s Officer Candidate School. His 3 year active duty assignments include a tour in South Vietnam and subsequent training and systems responsibility at the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet Headquarters in Norfolk, VA.
Jim’s career in computer systems continued with Burlington Industries in Cramerton and Greensboro. He served as a consultant and in systems management positions with Burlington, Wrangler, Sara Lee and Guilford Mills.
In 1992, Jim became a partner in Network Systems International. He served as Vice-President of Client Services and played a key role in helping the company develop a full- function Enterprise Requirements Planning system that became a leader in addressing the unique requirements of sales and manufacturing for textile, apparel and home fashions manufacturing companies.
Jim retired in December, 2008 and began a second career in the healthcare insurance industry. He began working with our team in 2010 and, being a senior himself, has particularly enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships with fellow seniors as we jointly travel through the ever-changing world of healthcare insurance.
Jim makes his home in Charlotte with his wife Fran. They also have 3 children and 6 grandchildren in the area.
Director, Accounting & HR
Prior to joining SouthPark Capital Robin worked in the hospitality and insurance industries. During her tenure with Liberty Mutual Insurance she managed personal, workers compensation, and commercial claims, seeing cases through to mediation and litigation. As a licensed psychological professional Robin has worked in non-profits, private practice, and vocational rehabilitation settings. In the vocational rehabilitation setting Robin has been called on to provide expert testimony in cases reaching litigation.
While with SouthPark Capital Robin initially focused on quality control and client relations, constructing many of the systems used to ensure client engagement. Robin continues to act as a mentor to our staff with respect to the service ethic we reflect to our Clients. Today, as Director of Accounting and Human Resources she works to ensure integrity in our internal financial systems and to be sure our team always feels heard and appreciated.
Robin holds a BS in Business from Florida State University and a Masters in Counseling from the University of South Florida. Robin is a life-long learner who enjoys humor, reading, traveling, hiking, and spending quality time with family and friends. She makes her home in Charlotte, NC, with her husband George, their daughter Sarah, and Lucy Cupcake, their Golden Retriever.
Atlanta Client Relations
Beth Umbaugh joined Kalos Private Wealth Group in 2015 as its Client Relations Administrator when Wise Path, LLC was integrated into the practice. Beth works closely with the clients coordinating time with the Advisers as well as special functions.
Prior to joining Wise Path in September, 2012, Beth was the Event Planning Coordinator for the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association for 13 years and then Office Manager for Optical Services International for 6 years. She and her husband, Mark, moved to Alpharetta from Florida in 2005. In her off hours you can find her spending time with Mark, at the barn with their horse Willi, paper crafting with their cat Lily, or reading.
Through our relationship with Kalos Financial, the SouthPark Capital Team has full access to the Kalos family of companies, founded by renowned Endowment Model expert Daniel Wildermuth. Through this relationship the team at Kalos provides an operating platform unique in it’s independent thinking and cutting edge application of Endowment Model theory.