We believe investment strategy must be based on an individual’s unique goals and that one’s desire for achieving reasonable income or growth must also recognize a person’s risk tolerance, financial circumstances, and time horizon.
As a firm, our focus is to understand your goals and develop a plan to reach them. We listen to you and develop a concrete course of action. Together, we work with you to implement those recommendations and monitor the progress.
Learn more about our amazing team of professionals.
Gerald A. Townsend
CPA/PFS/ABV, CFP®, CFA®, CMT
Gerald A. Townsend
Gerald A. Townsend is President of Townsend Asset Management Corp., a registered investment advisory firm.
Gerald holds an undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and a graduate degree from North Carolina State University. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the American Institute of CPAs, the Market Technicians Association and the CFA Institute. Prior to founding TAM in 1982, he worked for a large CPA firm and an investment advisory firm.
As a frequent speaker and writer, Gerald has been quoted in USA Today, Changing Times, Business North Carolina and other publications. In addition to writing timely articles for the Townsend website, he writes a financial column for BOOM Magazine and has been recognized by Money magazine as one of the nation`s top financial advisors.
Senior Portfolio Manager
CFP®, CLU, ChFC
Jim Kniffen is Senior Portfolio Managerat Townsend Asset Management Corp.
Jim brings to the firm over thirty years of experience serving the financial needs of individuals and families. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Business with concentration in Finance and Economics. Jim is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and is currently a candidate to become a Chartered Financial Analyst® as well as a Chartered Market Technician.
Most recently Jim has been the Founder and Managing Member of Time, Life and Money, LLC, a North Carolina Registered Investment Advisor where his mission was to help busy, successful people manage their investments more effectively.
His primary responsibility is investment research and analysis: developing economic perspective for the firm, designing and implementing investment strategies and portfolios, and continually monitoring investments and markets for information that might impact performance. Jim also works directly with clients to create plans for managing assets in line with their financial goals.
Senior Financial Advisor
Caleb Griffith is a Senior Financial Advisor and Tax Planner with Townsend Asset Management Corp and has been with the firm since 2006.
As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner (CFP®), he has the knowledge and expertise to help families and businesses identify their financial goals and develop an implementation process to accomplish those goals. His extensive background in tax preparation and planning gives him additional insight when providing comprehensive financial planning services to our clients.
He is passionate about the individuals he works with and committed to helping them understand the impact of financial decisions over time.
Caleb is a graduate of N.C. State University with a B.S. degree in Accounting. Prior to attending N.C. State University, he was a scholar athlete at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC.
Tax and Financial Advisor
Michael Solomon is a Tax and Financial Advisor with Townsend Asset Management Corp.
He is also the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Technology Officer.
Michael graduated from Elon University with a B.S degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining the firm, Michael participated in public accounting, venture capitalism, and business development for a number of companies. Through working in these environments, he has developed a keen interest in investment management, tax, and tax planning. His past experiences have also brought a continued interest in the development of new processes and the study of economics.
Michael brings with him an entrepreneurial background and a unique blend of analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
He holds a BS degree in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University, a MS in Economics from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Oregon State University.
Leon was a Professor at North Carolina State University and a principal of Abbas Financial Services, Inc. and Financial Balance Corp. prior to joining Townsend Asset Management Corp in 2001.
Katrina L. Townsend
Business Manager and Office Administrator
Katrina L. Townsend
Katrina L. Townsend has served as the firm's Business Manager and Office Administrator since its inception.
Katrina holds a degree in Social Work from East Carolina University. She had previous experience as a Housing Counselor with the Housing Authority of the City of Raleigh.
Her commitment to service as well as her unique ability to care for others ensures that customer service is always first. She is valued by staff and clients for the personal attention that she gives to all matters.
Client Service and Communications Manager
Bonnie Mole is Client Service and Communications Manager at Townsend Asset Management Corp.
Having returned from living and working overseas, Bonnie is a North Carolina native and graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master of Arts in English Language at the National University of Singapore and taught English as a Second Language for a number of years in Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea and most recently at Wake Technical Community College here in Raleigh, NC. She has a strong commitment to customer service and is attentive to detail. Bonnie is also a creative writer and communicator, and has been instrumental in our transition to enhanced systems and processes at the firm.
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