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 in 2011. Andrew enjoys a multifaceted role and splits his time between portfolio management, client engagement, operations and compliance. Andrew serves on the Advisory Board for the Mercer University Student Managed Investment Fund and completed the Charles Schwab Executive Leadership Program as a member of the 2019 class. Andrew and his wife Amanda live nearby in Marietta with their two kids.

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

Chief Investment Officer, 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.

Thomas Russell

Senior Fixed Income Analyst, Assistant Portfolio Manager

Tom joined the Narwhal team in the fall of 2018. He has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kennesaw State University. Tom has spent his career trading fixed income on both an institutional and retail level, specializing in Municipal Bonds. He holds Series 7 and Series 66 Licenses. Tom lives in East Atlanta Village with his wife, Maeve. When he’s not in the office, he enjoys playing rugby, traveling and watching Tennessee football.

Thomas Russell 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

Equity Analyst, 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.

Vincent Qiao

Junior Equity Analyst

Vincent joined Narwhal in the summer of 2020 after graduating from Emory University with a B.B.A in finance. With previous internship experiences in institutional investing and crude oil trading, Vincent currently focuses on analyzing equity securities, with a focus on consumer and technology-related companies. Outside of work, Vincent enjoys a game of classic chess.

Jason Seeb

Junior Investment Analyst

Jason started at Narwhal in the summer of 2020 after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s in Economics and History. While at Vanderbilt, he also completed minors in Finance and American Politics. Jason spends most of his time researching and analyzing anything and everything to do with client’s investments, from stocks to real estate to the macroeconomy. He is currently working towards his Series 65 license and seeks to continue his education after school. In his free time, Jason enjoys playing sports, boating, traveling and being disappointed by his local college and professional sports teams.

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 the client service team and all client initiatives, ranging from engagement to administration of accounts. She received her BBA from Mercer University and holds an Investment Foundations Certificate from the CFA Institute. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family & traveling. She and her husband are the proud parents of a rescue Shih Tzu named Henry and are excited to welcome their first child in September.

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

Melissa Visbal

Melissa Visbal

Financial Planning Associate

Melissa came to Narwhal in the summer of 2018 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. Her interest in the field started with learning about consumer behavior, specifically it’s relation with complex moneymaking decisions. Melissa recently passed the CFP® examination in March 2020 and is currently fulfilling her experience requirement to become certified by March 2021. When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys doing pro-bono work, running (to an extent), reading, yoga, and spending time with her niece.

Luke Burton

Client Service Associate

Luke joined Narwhal’s client services team in the spring of 2019 after working as a wrangler on a West Colorado guest ranch. He holds a B.S. in psychology from Davidson College and competed for four years on the Davidson men’s swim team. His role at Narwhal focuses on internal operations and client services. In his own time, Luke enjoys all things related to fitness and the great outdoors.

John Grayson

Client Service Associate

John started at Narwhal as an investment intern in the summer of 2019 while working to complete his MBA at Auburn University. After finishing his schooling, John joined the Narwhal team in a full-time role as a client service associate in the summer of 2020. John has been tasked with servicing a portion of Narwhal’s younger client base as well as expanding the company’s management of outside 401k plans. Along with his MBA, John holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Auburn.

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.

Lauryn Shumate

Junior Tax and Accounting Associate

Lauryn joined Narwhal Capital Management as a Tax and Accounting Associate in the summer of 2019. Lauryn obtained a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from Kennesaw State University in December of 2018. During that time, she completed three internships – the first in tax, the second in corporate accounting, and the last in public accounting audit. Lauryn holds a variety of responsibilities ranging from internal accounting to assisting with our trust accounting services. Lauryn is currently studying for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and aspires to complete a Master’s of Business Administration program after obtaining her CPA license. During her free time, Lauryn enjoys cycling and spending time with her family and dog, Murphy.
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.

Operations

Jonathan Hicks

Jonathan Hicks

Associate Compliance Officer

Jonathan joined Narwhal Capital Management as an intern in the spring of 2018. After completing his senior year at Kennesaw State University, Jonathan returned to Narwhal as the firm’s Associate Portfolio Analyst. Jonathan oversees day-to-day portfolio analysis tasks while simultaneously supporting the Investment Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s of Finance from Kennesaw State University.

Alyssa Hojnowski

Executive Assistant

Alyssa joined the Narwhal team in the fall of 2018. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kennesaw State University. Alyssa oversees day-to-day operations and assists Executive staff. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys live concerts, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her dog Luna.

Greg Moyer

Operations Associate

Greg joined the Narwhal team in the summer of 2017. Greg started with a focus on social media and marketing but quickly transitioned to fill the role of IT and operations support. Greg also acts as the producer of Narwhal’s audio and video content. In his spare time, Greg enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching soccer. 

Interns

Christian Mattei

Equity Research Intern

Christian is a rising junior at the Georgia Institute of Technology who is currently pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering. He first got introduced to investing through the Georgia Tech Investments Committee where he has served as Sector Head of the Consumer Staples portfolio. This summer Christian will be joining Narwhal as an intern and will be using his knowledge to build and present multiple equity research reports.