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6/1/2009, Davidson, NC--Downtown Davidson Welcomes Financial Services Firm

With a burgeoning book of clients, GCG Wealth Management Financial Advisor, Joel Burris, is establishing a new branch office in downtown Davidson.

 A six-year senior advisor of GCG Wealth Management, the new office managed by Joel, is located at 137 N. Main St. in the heart of downtown Davidson. He is excited that his success has allowed him to open an office closer to his current and prospective clients so they can meet in a convenient and intimate setting to set financial goals and strategies. 

Joel explains, “with today’s hectic environment and our clients’ busy schedules it is important to be positioned to service our clients in the most timely and convenient manner.” 

Joel specializes in goal oriented financial strategies from risk management to investment strategies for individuals and business and is especially passionate about helping each client set, review and achieve their goals.


Joel can be reached at 704-990-5930 or 

 4/5/2009, Charlotte, NC-- GCG Wealth Management is hosting a Roy Adams seminar via teleconference in their Charlotte office on April 30, 2009. Roy Adams, voted one of the "Best Lawyers in America," is considered an expert in the areas of estate and tax planning. The seminar is specifically for CPAs and attorneys in the Charlotte area. For more information contact Anna Lowe at


3/30/2009, Charlotte, NC-- GCG Wealth Management continues expansion and hires three new agents.

A warm welcome to Paul Lazusky, Pool Paucar and Eric Welch. The three make up the first of three New Advisor Classes that the firm will have in 2009 and have begun training.

Paul is a former mortgage executive, Pool is a graduate of Florida State, and Eric recently finished his MBA in Nashville.


3/20/2009, Charlotte, NC--Employees and the senior management of GCG Wealth Management will support the March Forth With Hope Foundation at the March 27th Charlotte Checker's Hockey Game. The foundation was created by Stuart  of GCG Wealth Management, and Shelby Stout in honor of their daughter Hope. For more information on the foundation, visit the website,


2/20/2009, Charlotte, NC-- GCG Wealth Management welcomes Amie Parker as a full-time staff member of the firm. She will contribute to the firm's New Business and Client Care departments. 

11/25/2008, Wilmington, NC-- Danny Dahl and Sara Marshall have joined the Sea Hawk Club (University of North Carolina at Wilmington Athletics) and are an official sponsor to the Wilmington SeaDawgs.

11/14/2008, Charlotte, NC-- Securian Financial Group has recognized GCG Wealth Management’s success in growth of new advisors. In 2008, the firm added 15 financial advisors.

11/6/2008, Charlotte, NC– GCG Wealth Management has been named a 2008 Best Places to Work Finalist by the Charlotte Business Journal.

10/7/2008, Charlotte, NC -- Sean Fogner, Ben Clousher, and Zachary Fay have joined GCG Wealth Management as Financial Professionals.

8/14/2008, GCG Wealth Management Well Positioned Despite Uncertain Economic Conditions, Charlotte, NC.

GCG Wealth Management has reported that it achieved exceptional growth for the second quarter of 2008. The company exceeded the projected target of 20% and delivered revenue growth of 33%. GCG Wealth Management was formed in early 2008 from the merger of Greater Carolina Group and Drake Financial.

President of GCG Wealth Management, Jason T. Drake, said, “We have seen significant growth in our risk management business and our firm continues to attract high quality advisors to the opportunity that the Charlotte market provides.”

Dennis Howe, CEO of GCG Wealth Management said, “I am pleased that our strategic plans for 2008 are on track and we are achieving some aggressive financial targets despite the challenging economic environment.”



5/22/2008, Charlotte, NC- This morning, GCG Wealth Management advisor Stuart Stout, his wife Shelby, and daughter Holly, appeared on the CBS Early Show to talk about his brave and giving daughter, Hope.  At the age of 12, Hope Stout was diagnosed with a rare and serious bone cancer. When contacted by the Make A Wish Foundation, she wished for all the other kids to be granted their wishes.  A foundation was created in her honor and 12 days after she passed away, the $1,000,000 needed to grant the other kids wishes was raised.  Five years later, the foundation continues to raise money to help kids with serious illness and their families.  Stuart and Shelby also appeared last week on Fox and Friends.  For more information on Hope's story and her foundation, click here and here.

5/16/2008, Charlotte, NC- An article about GCG Wealth Management's recent growth was recently featured on national business websites including and  Click here to read the article.

5/15/2008, Charlotte, NC- Chuck Skipper, Associate of GCG Wealth Management, entertained the guests of Securian’s 2008 Sales Convention in Boca Raton, Florida, with his rock-n-roll drum skills as a part of the new Securian Band.

5/15/2008, Charlotte, NC- Jonathan Malone, Associate of GCG Wealth Management, was recently appointed to the board of directors for Charlotte Networking Professionals.

5/12/2008, Charlotte, NC- GCG Wealth Management has hired John Moravek, Brian Floyd, Daniel “Mac” Golden, and Gary Galloway as agents.

5/12/2008, Wilmington, NC- GCG Wealth Management in Wilmington has added Sara Marshall as an agent.

5/8/2008, Charlotte, NC- GCG Wealth Management welcomes Anna Lowe as Director of Marketing and Communications. Jayson Polo has been named Director of Recruiting. 

2/20/2008, Charlotte, NC- GCG Wealth Management Expands Network of Advisors

Chris Aldridge, Joseph Jensen, Rodney Morrow, Kevin Nervegna, and Sam Urato have all joined the GCG Wealth Management group.

President of the firm, Jason Drake, expresses enthusiasm about the growth, " We are delighted to have these new guys on board! We are off to a great start of 2008!"


2/15/2008, Wilmington, NC-Congratulations to Joseph 'Danny' Dahl of Greater Carolina Group for his expansion to Wilmington, NC!


12/18/2007, Charlotte, NC- Greater than before: "Howe" about this new force in Charlotte?

For years, Dennis Howe and Jason Drake have talked informally about joining forces. Those discussions turned serious this fall, and the two Charlotte, North Carolina Managing Partners have combined their respective firms. Greater Carolina Group and Drake Financial have merged and as of January 1, 2008, is known as GCG Wealth Management.

"Dennis has done a good job of establishing the Greater Carolina Group brand in Charlotte," Jason said. "We wanted to retain the GCG aspect, yet create a new identity that reflects the strength of our new organization. Our vision is to become the premier financial planning Firm in the Southeast."

As of the end of November, Greater Carolina Group was the No. 17 largest Firm in the Securian Financial Network. Dennis and Jason quickly learned they could bring different strengths to a combined organization. The pair produced a five-year growth plan that sets the bar high in numerous areas: Advisor count, insurance premium collected, Annuity sales, Long Term Care/DI, Assets Under Management, etc