OUR TEAM

Investment Committee

Matthew Burton, CFA

Matthew Burton, CFA

Founder and President

Matt began his career in asset management at Matsco Incorporated, a Delaware holding company (and Narwhal’s predecessor) in 1994. After 11 years at the helm of Matsco’s investment portfolio, he founded Narwhal Capital Management in 2005. Today, the majority of Matt’s time is spent on portfolio management. The most seasoned member of the portfolio management team, Matt’s 23 years of managing investments across all asset classes vests itself in a well-rounded appreciation for disciplined, methodical money management. Matt received a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and an MBA from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State before earning his Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Matt is an avid outdoorsman, a lover of poetry, a student of theology and a family man. He is a published author and the artist behind the photographs portrayed on this website. He and his wife Mary have five children, Luke, Mary Grace, Will, Esther and Lydia.

Matthew Burton is an Investment Adviser Representative registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. To view his professional background and public disclosures, click here.

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall

Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer

Andrew’s career with Narwhal began as an intern during the summers of 2008 and 2009. He was hired in a full-time capacity as an Account Executive in 2011 before taking on the role of Director of Marketing and later Vice President / Chief Compliance Officer. Andrew splits his time between compliance, portfolio management, client service and business operations and enjoys the multifaceted role. He also runs Narwhal’s media subsidiary, Tusk Media, and is the lead content creator for The Investing Podcast. He holds his Series 65 license and is currently working toward a Chartered Financial Consultant designation. In his free time, Andrew writes and podcasts about college football for a number of online publications including his own website. Andrew and his wife Amanda have a daughter, Hayden, born in March 2015.

Andrew Hall is an Investment Adviser Representative registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. To view his professional background and public disclosures, click here

Benjamin Nye, CFA, FRM

Benjamin Nye, CFA, FRM

Senior Equity Analyst, Assistant Portfolio Manager

Ben arrived at Narwhal from a small investment firm in Eugene, Oregon, where he cut his teeth investing in individual stocks, bonds and derivatives. He earned the right to use the CFA designation in 2016, holds his Series 65 license and is a certified Financial Risk Manager. Ben received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Washington. In his free time, he plays competitive tennis, mentors for Mentoring for Leadership and is a frequent contributor to The Investing Podcast.

Benjamin Nye is an Investment Adviser Representative registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. To view his professional background and public disclosures, click here.

Matthew Krebsbach, CFA, FRM

Matthew Krebsbach, CFA, FRM

Investment Analyst, Assistant Portfolio Manager

Matt came to Narwhal after beginning his career as a credit analyst at Middleton Community Bank in Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse while majoring in finance and minoring in accounting. Matt is a CFA Charterholder, has obtained his Series 65 license and is also a certified Financial Risk Manager.  In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching a wide variety of sports, as well as reading. Matt has played basketball and tennis for many years and has been trying his hand at golf.

Matt Krebsbach is an Investment Adviser Representative registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. To view his professional background and public disclosures, click here.

Samuel Frost

Samuel Frost

Junior Investment Analyst, Assistant Portfolio Manager

Sam joined the Narwhal team in the summer of 2016 after completing his MBA program at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. Sam earned a B.S. in mathematics from Mississippi State University, where he was a member of the baseball team and a four-time nominee to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Samuel Frost is an Investment Adviser Representative registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. To view his professional background and public disclosures, click here.

Tax and Accounting Services

Dean Wardlaw, CPA

Dean Wardlaw, CPA

Director of Tax and Accounting Services

Like the firm’s founder, Dean also came to Narwhal after a long career (35 years) with C.W. Matthews Contracting Company. Dean specializes in tax consultation and preparation, particularly for high net-worth individuals, trusts and privately owned corporations. He and his wife Kim have a grown son, Alex. On weekends in the fall, Dean can be found at Sanford Stadium in Athens cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs and awaiting the next Herschel Walker.
Jonathan McKay, CPA

Jonathan McKay, CPA

Tax and Accounting Associate

Jonathan joined Narwhal’s staff in January 2017. He comes to Narwhal with fifteen years of experience in the accounting field.  Throughout his career, he has performed various roles ranging from job cost accounting to serving as Controller.  After obtaining his B.A. in accounting from Kennesaw State University, Jonathan was also able to earn his CPA certificate.  When Jonathan is away from the office, you’ll find him and his wife, Lisa, having fun with their two boys, Corbin and Porter.
Sylvia Priest

Sylvia Priest

Director of Trust Services

A member of the Narwhal team since January 2015, Sylvia previously worked at C.W. Matthews Contracting Company. The resident expert on trust documents and execution, Sylvia spends most of her time assisting Narwhal’s accounting department. A Scottish culture enthusiast, Sylvia participates in many local Highland festivals and appreciates a good Scottish Country Dance as much as a fine single malt.

Client Service and Engagement

Andrea Walker

Andrea Walker

Director of Client Services

Andrea joined Narwhal’s team as Director of Client Services in 2017 after serving in a similar capacity at Crawford Investment Counsel. Andrea oversees all client initiatives, ranging from engagement projects to administration of accounts. She received her BBA from Mercer University with an emphasis on finance and international business, and she holds an Investment Foundations Certificate from the CFA Institute. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, hiking, brunch and local farmers markets. She and her husband are the proud parents of a rescue Shih Tzu named Henry.

Andrea Walker is an Investment Adviser Representative registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. To view his professional background and public disclosures, click here.

Garrett Palmer

Garrett Palmer

Assistant Compliance Officer

Garrett joined Narwhal Capital Management as an intern in the fall of 2016. In early 2017 he was promoted to his current role as the firm’s Assistant Compliance Officer. Garrett oversees day-to-day compliance tasks while simultaneously supporting the Investment Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and is an avid gun collector.

Garrett Palmer is an Investment Adviser Representative registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. To view his professional background and public disclosures, click here.

Melissa Visbal

Financial Planning Associate

Melissa came to Narwhal this summer following the completion of her master’s degree in financial planning from the University of Georgia, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in consumer economics. Melissa uses holistic financial planning to further the goals and needs of Narwhal’s clients. She is VITA/TCE (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance & Tax Counseling for the Elderly) certified for this year, and plans to continue renewing this every year. She is also currently working toward her CFP designation. When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys adventuring down the Beltline and exploring all of the different cuisines Atlanta has to offer.

Interns

Esther Burton

Support Intern

Esther is from Kennesaw, Georgia, and will be interning with Narwhal Capital Management this summer. During her time here, Esther looks forward to learning more about the world of business and finance, a world she’s always been exposed to but has never had a chance to delve into. Her goal for the summer is to gain work experience and learn how to best serve others. In the fall, Esther will be starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia in the School of Nursing.

Jonathan Hicks

Operations Intern

Jonathan is from Marietta, Georgia, and has been interning with Narwhal Capital Management since December of 2017. Interning is a large part of his undergraduate education, and he knew Narwhal would teach him valuable lessons and skills through real-world, work experience. Jonathan is a rising senior at Kennesaw State University, majoring in finance. He is extremely interested in the analysis of investments and helping others reach their investment goals. After he graduates, Jonathan plans on pursuing his CFA.

Megan McKinstry

Communications Intern

Megan is from Atlanta, Georgia, and is working in communications and client engagement for Narwhal Capital Management. She is eager to gain experience in corporate public relations and communications through during her time here. Megan helps manage the website and social media platforms for Narwhal and creates blog posts and campaigns to help Narwhal reach its target audience. Megan graduated from Auburn University this year with a major in public relations and a minor in business.

Akash Prasad

Investments Intern

Akash is from Kennesaw, Georgia, and is interning with Narwhal Capital Management all summer long. He was drawn to Narwhal because he wanted to learn more about the finance field and gain real-world experience. Through his internship, Akash hopes to learn more about value investments and how to assess different companies to find whether or not they are worth the investment. Akash is attending Georgia Tech in the fall. He plans to pursue a double major in mathematics and business with a focus in statistics and finance respectively.