The son of a foundation executive for colleges in Virginia, Chris Gammon always admired how his father made a living by doing good. Chris’s family tree is populated exclusively by service industry men and women, so it was inevitable he would thrive in a long career of serving others and helping them become the fullest expression of themselves. Not surprisingly, Chris does his best work with fellow professionals – closely-held business owners (past and present), his fellows in the professions (such as finance, education, engineering, medicine, law, and consulting), and like-minded stewards and servant leaders. It also explains his particular fascination with charitable planning.
Chris’s dream is to do his best to personify Verum Partners’ mission, vision, and values, beginning with improving the lives of others. To Chris, that starts with being a source of encouragement first to his Verum teammates, and then to Verum’s clients and their fellow professional advisors. Chris’s calling is not to climb the corporate ladder but to climb down the ladder and hold it for others. The seeds of what is now Verum Partners were born of this.
One of many seminal moments in Chris’s early years was his embrace of the Honor System in undergrad. The other half of Verum’s mission or core focus, raising the bar on the wealth management industry, is a current-day reflection of this.
Now in its fifth decade, Chris’s career has spanned traditional commercial banking; multinational corporate banking; corporate finance, capital markets, and investment banking; and wealth and investment management. A Founding Partner in Verum, he serves as a Senior Adviser, as well as Head of Enterprise Services, and Board Chair. Chris is inspired daily to try to live Verum’s core values: reliability, effective communication, awareness, continuous improvement, and thoughtfulness.
In addition to his responsibilities at Verum Partners, Chris and his wife have two adult daughters who are a delight to encourage and watch excel. Chris is a member and Elder in Myers Park Presbyterian Church, where he has been active in both traditional and contemporary music ministry.
At Verum Partners
Head of Enterprise Services
Investment Committee – Member
Financial Planning Committee – Member
Board of Directors – Chairman
Carolinas Investment Consulting, Charlotte – Consultant
Wachovia Wealth Management, Charlotte – Partner & Senior Vice President
OFFITBANK, a Wachovia company, Charlotte – Senior Vice President
Wachovia Corporate Finance, Capital Markets & Investment Banking, Charlotte – Senior Vice President
Wachovia multinational corporate banking, Charlotte – Senior Vice President
Wachovia Corporate Services, European representative office, London, England – Vice President
Wachovia Bank & Trust Company, International Department, Winston-Salem & Charlotte – Assistant Vice President
Education & Professional Designations
M.B.A. The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
B.S. Washington and Lee University School of Commerce, Economics & Politics
• The L.K. Johnson Scholar in Commerce
• Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma
Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder
Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional
Myers Park Presbyterian Church – Member and Elder
CFA® Institute – Member
CFA® Society North Carolina – Member and Past Secretary
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute Board of Ambassadors – Member
Atrium Health Foundation Professional Advisory Council – Member
Charlotte Estate Planning Council – Member
Foundation For The Carolinas – Past Member, Cabinet of Professional
Advisors & Robinson Center for Civic Leadership
University of Virginia School of Medicine Parents Council – Past Member
Davidson College Parents Council – Past Member
The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte – Past Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors Member