“Invest in great relationships, they will
pay a lifetime of dividends.” - Bill Walsh

WE BUILD ENDURING RELATIONSHIPS

Your financial success is our success. Since 1995, our objective has been to help clients reach their long-term financial goals with investment strategies handcrafted for their unique needs. While we believe our knowledge and expertise set us apart, it’s our dedication to delivering a remarkable experience that’s truly extraordinary.

WE DELIVER RESULTS

At Holderness Investments, we craft customized wealth management solutions designed to create value for our clients. As a registered investment adviser, Holderness Investments is held to a fiduciary responsibility. We place our clients’ interests above all others by delivering strategies backed by our experience and investment philosophy.


Our Team

GET TO KNOW US

We continually strive to exceed our clients’ expectations and build enduring relationships—and we’re humbled by their patronage and referrals.

We are Holderness Investments Company.


"A team is a small number of people with complimentary skills committed to a common purpose, performance goals and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.” - Katzembers and Smith

Richard Holderness, CFA

PRESIDENT

Trusted. Respected. Entrepreneur.

A native of Greensboro, Richard is a highly regarded investment professional. He is the founder, President and Chief Investment Officer of Holderness Investments. He excels at managing assets for an array of account types including high net-worth individuals, corporations, and charitable organizations.

Richard began his career in 1974 with the finance department of Durham Life Insurance Co. where he held the positions of Assistant Vice President, Member of the Finance Committee, and Vice President in charge of the Securities Department. He was directly responsible for managing a stock and bond portfolio in excess of $300M. In 1982, Richard returned to Greensboro and formed North Carolina Trust Company with two partners. At NC Trust, Richard served as President and Chief Investment Officer. In 1987, Richard co-founded the Registered Investment Advisory firm Trent Capital Management, Inc. where he served as President and a member of the Board of Directors until August 1995 when he founded Holderness Investments Company.

He and his wife Julie make their home in Greensboro where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren and visiting the NC coast and mountains.

Education Highlights:
  • Phi Beta Kappa at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. in History
  • MBA in Finance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI)
Community Service Highlights:
  • Served on the UNC Chapel Hill Medical Foundation
  • Served on the UNC Greensboro Investment Fund committees
  • Served on the UNC Greensboro Board of Visitors
  • Vice President of Finance and Member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Tennis Foundation
  • Board of Directors for the Holderness Distinguished Medical Scholars – UNC Chapel Hill

Kim Cummings Carson, CFA

VICE PRESIDENT & CCO

Experienced. Intuitive. Visionary.

A native of Greensboro, Kim has been an investment advisor since 1995 and currently serves as Vice-President and Chief Compliance Officer of Holderness Investments. She works closely with clients and their families to help them identify and reach their wealth management goals. She entered the field in 1993 at Trent Capital Management in Greensboro where she ultimately served as their Operations Manager. In 1995, she joined Holderness Investments to focus on investment analysis and portfolio management. As a Fiduciary Advisor at Holderness, Kim works in portfolio management, investment analysis, and financial planning. She is also responsible for all compliance functions and business management of the firm.  

Kim and her two boys live in the Greensboro area. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends along with hiking, camping, quilting, and traveling.

Education Highlights:
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Kenan-Flagler School of Business, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1998
Community Service Highlights:
  • Member of the Women's Professional Forum (WPF)
  • Currently serves on the WPF Foundation Board. 
  • Member of the NC CFA Society
  • Member Greensboro Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Member of Greensboro Estate Planning Council

Gina S. Malone

Operations Manager

Knowledgeable. Organized. Innovative.

Gina is a native of Bristol, Tennessee and relocated to the Greensboro area in 1990. She joined Holderness Investments in March 2010 and currently serves as Operations Manager for the firm. Gina is responsible for all account activity and works closely with clients to ensure every aspect of their portfolios run smoothly. From the opening of new accounts to the movement of assets, Gina’s attention to detail is unwavering. She takes great pride in delivering high-quality service while providing an exceptional client experience. Gina’s professional experience includes office administration and management roles with Advanced Planning Concepts, Inc. and Ashby M. Cook, Jr. Financial Services.

Gina resides in Oak Ridge with her husband Drew.  Together, they have three children – B. Harper Boyle, Justin and Deanna Malone. Outside the office, Gina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, gardening and other outdoor activities.

Education Highlights:
  • Attended Virginia Intermont College & East Tennessee State University
Community Service Highlights:
  • Has volunteered in local schools for over 17 years and is an advocate for  children with special needs

Ken Shahbaz,
CPA/PFS,CFP*

FINANCIAL ADVISER
Certified Public Accountant
NC Certificate #8465

Professional. Strategic. Leader.

A multi-versed financial professional holding brokerage and insurance licenses, Ken is a managing partner of Shahbaz, Carothers & Company, P.A. Certified Public Accountants. Ken has practiced in Greensboro since 1973 and earned his CPA license in 1975.

*Securities offered through Intercarolina Financial Services, Inc. ✦ Member SIPC and Finra

Education Highlights:
  • MBA, Auburn University B.S. in accounting from Aquinas  College in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Active member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals
Community Service Highlights:
  • Volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America - Old North State Council at both the troop and council levels

Sheila May Falls, CPA/PFS, CFP*

FINANCIAL ADVISER
Certified Public Accountant
NC Certificate #14588

Knowledgeable. Insightful. Focused.

In addition to being a certified public accountant, Sheila is also a Certified Financial Planner and a Personal Financial Specialist. With a focus on personal financial planning, she holds her brokerage license and specializes in the management of wealth accumulation, estate planning and retirement planning. Sheila has more than 20 years of public accounting experience in the traditional areas of taxation, accounting and auditing and has worked in the banking and insurance industries for more than five years.

Sheila and her husband live in Advance and enjoy spending time at Lake Norman with their children and grandchildren.

*Securities offered through Intercarolina Financial Services, Inc. ✦ Member SIPC and Finra

Education Highlights:
  • Graduated magna cum laude from UNC-Greensboro in 1981 with a B.S. in Accounting
  • Licensed CPA, 1984
  • Member of the AICPA, Personal Financial Planning division of AICPA and NCACPA
Community Service Highlights:
  • Volunteers with her church, Davie Community Foundation and Pearls of Empowerment


Our Approach


Private Wealth Management

Since our founding, we’ve been helping clients achieve their financial goals. As Fiduciary Advisors, we offer transparent solutions that seek to optimize your return potential within your unique risk parameters. We take great pride in our responsibility as financial stewards and recommend investments designed to serve our clients.

Over the years, we have become an integral part of our clients’ legacy investment planning and management. We help multi-generational families preserve their wealth and ensure the financial outlook of future generations.

As research-driven advisors, our portfolio management services are guided by strategic insights and backed by our commitment to delivering an exceptional experience. We design personalized solutions that are custom-tailored to your unique financial objectives and risk tolerance.

Some of Our Wealth
Management Services Include:

Security Research and Selection
Financial Planning
Estate Planning
Trust Management

Our private wealth management services are designed for accounts of $1M+

An Integrated
Partner

We are adept at working with Financial Advisors and other service providers—such as accountants, attorneys and CPAs—to provide comprehensive solutions.

Institutions

We partner with institutions and organizations to seamlessly design and manage their investment plans.
Qualified
Retirement Plans

From physicians and attorneys to corporations of various sizes, we help organizations provide high-quality plans.
Foundations
& Endowments

We provide investment management solutions for family foundations, nonprofit organizations and endowments.


CFA Institute

CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYST

While there are many designations used in the financial industry, we consider the Chartered Financial Analyst credential offered by the CFA Institute to be the premier global professional designation. With this highly respected, graduate-level credentialing, our Fiduciary Advisors are uniquely qualified to help you make the best decisions to reach your goals.

Earning the CFA designation requires the successful completion of three challenging levels of curriculum, a commitment to professional ethics and mastery of a comprehensive range of advanced practices and principles. The program is organized into three levels, each culminating in a six-hour exam. It includes:

Ethics
Economics
Corporate Finance
Equity Analysis
Fixed-Income Analysis
Financial Reporting
Quantitative Methods
Alternative Investments
Derivatives
Portfolio Management

CFA Program candidates report dedicating 300+ hours of study per level. And completing the program is a sizable challenge that typically takes two to five years.

Why Hire a CFA Charterholder?
Sample CFA Questions
CFA Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct
CFA Asset Manager Code of Professional Conduct



Newsletters


1st Quarter 2017
April 24, 2017

4th Quarter 2016
January 12, 2017

3rd Quarter 2016
October 1, 2017

2nd Quarter 2016
July 21, 2016


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Happy New Year to all our valued clients who have entrusted us with their hard-earned assets! We appreciate your trust and will continue striving to perform in your best interest in 2017. In this regard, 2016 has been an excellent year for returns in the U.S. stock market. In previous commentaries, we projected a rise in the mid to high single digits for equity returns, yet this forecast has proven to be conservative…

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We’d love to talk with you personally about your financial goals. Call or email us to schedule your complementary consultation or to find out more about what makes Holderness Investments unique.
call:888.541.1400
toll free:366.574.1441
fax:336.574.1400
office:Holderness Investments Company
2102 N. Elm St. Suite C
Greensboro, NC 27408

office hours:Monday — Friday
8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.


Richard Holderness, CFA
PRESIDENT
336.574.1400

Kim Cummings Carson, CFA
VICE PRESIDENT
336.574.1400

Gina S. Malone
OPERATIONS MANAGER
336.574.1400

Ken Shahbaz, CPA/PFS, CFP
FINANCIAL ADVISER
336.374.1438

Sheila May Falls, CPA/PFS, CFP
FINANCIAL ADVISER
336.574.1400
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