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How GWS Structures Our Client Care Teams

Updated: Dec 22, 2022

Christina Shockley, JD, CFP ®, Chief Planning Officer

When Gatewood Wealth Solutions went independent in 2019, it offered us the opportunity to make our own decisions as a firm when it came to how we cared for our clients — from the technology we used to the services we offered.

As Chief Planning Officer, this was a very exciting time for me. I worked closely with our Founder, John Gatewood, and the rest of the GWS Leadership Team to carefully craft a Client Care structure that suited our clients’ needs. To me, this structure is one of our most important differentiators in the market.

What Do We Mean by “Team Structure?”

The phrase “team structure” can be used in reference to a number of team configurations. But to us, “team structure” refers to a true ensemble structure in which all teams work under the same roof to serve our clients. To accomplish this, we carefully divided our clients according to financial life complexity into three groups: Private Client Care (ultra-high net worth, ultra-high financial complexity), Client Care Plus (high net worth, high financial complexity), and Client Care (average net worth and financial complexity).

Within those segments, we designated specific Client Care teams to serve a particular number of families, so they could familiarize themselves with precisely what typical client needs are within those segments.

Finally, regardless of segment, each of our Gatewood Wealth Solution client families has their own Client Care team with four specific roles included.

Every client family is assigned a Lead Advisor, a Service Advisor, a Support Associate, and a Portfolio Strategist. We intentionally structured our team this way, so that no financial plan or investment portfolio is ever reliant on just one person. If something ever happened to one of the advisors — whether retirement, promotion, death, or any other unforeseen circumstance — there would always be another team member familiar with the client's goals, objectives, and moving pieces. This continuity plan ensures we can deliver on our promises to the families we serve for generations to come. While some firms take the traditional, one-client-to-one-advisor approach, we set the standard on a true family-to-firm approach.

Below is a breakdown of each role, what the responsibilities are, and why we structured them this way:

Lead Advisor

Brian McGeehon, CFA®, CLU®, Christina Shockley, JD, CFP® or Dan Goeddel, MBA

Your Lead Advisor is responsible for enhancing your experience with our firm. His/her main goal is to ensure your family is receiving excellent Client Care, especially during times of crucial or complex life decisions.

Contact him/her with questions on:

  • Your experience with GWS

  • Changes to your high-level goals

  • Navigating all of the resources GWS has to offer

  • Introductions to outside, trust professionals


Service Advisor

Nina Breen, CFP®, Brad Fischer, CFP®, Jared Freese, CFP®, CEPA, ChFC,

Lauren Goeddel, CFP®, or Cole Milam, CFP®

Your Service Advisor handles the day-to-day aspects of your financial plan and your investment accounts. He or she will be your go-to for most questions!

Contact him/her with comments or questions on:

  • Scheduling meetings

  • Moving money

  • Investing excess cash

  • Misc. questions about financial decisions

  • Updates to your family's financial plan


Support Associate

Melissa Sims, Blake Higdon, and Matt Harris, MBA

Your Support Associate takes care of the administrative details of your accounts, from information updates to paperwork. They are the glue that holds the team together.

Contact them with questions on:

  • Account paperwork

  • Address changes

  • DocuSign

  • Account Aggregation on the GWS Portal

  • LPL My Account View (Tax documents and statements)


Portfolio Strategist

Aaron Tuttle, CFA®, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®,

Chris Arends, CFA®, CMT, and Charlie Scheipeter

Each Portfolio Strategist is a member of the GWS Investment Committee. This group works behind the scenes every day to ensure we're positioning your investments in a way that helps you pursue your goals. Be sure to tune into our Monthly Market Insights videos to hear their take on the market!

With this Client Care team structure, you can be confident we’re proactively watching out for financial needs — and you’ll know exactly whom to go to with your questions. We’re proud of our team and confident in their ability to provide you with a high-quality experience. We always welcome feedback, so feel free to share any ideas or feedback with your Lead Advisor.

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