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Curtis Hearn

Personal Finance, Retirement, Taxes
“Curtis Hearn is a wealth advisor at Gratus Capital, where he helps clients plan for retirement, minimize taxes, analyze their insurance needs, and implement their legacy planning.”

Gratus Capital

Job Title:

Wealth Advisor


Curtis began his career in financial services at a boutique wealth management firm in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. While he always had an interest and inclination towards finance and economics, he quickly discovered he also had a passion for teaching and working with people. During that time, he went back to school at night to complete his MBA from Southern Wesleyan University, and was subsequently promoted to Director of Financial Planning Operations. Later, he would go on to earn the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® certification through Boston University.

Soon thereafter, Curtis joined JPH Advisory Group (now Gratus Capital), as a Senior Financial Advisor, to serve clients in all areas of the wealth management process. Curtis works with clients to design financial plans, oversee investment strategies, consult on stock options, legacy preservation, and risk management. His strengths lie in taking complex financial problems, simplifying them into manageable choices, and then communicating options to clients in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner. Curtis's goal is to guide his clients to their desired financial future.

In his free time, Curtis enjoys traveling, water sports, staying fit, and reading. He also enjoys blogging on personal finance issues for millennials and young adults at smartmoneynation.com.


MBA, Business Administration, Southern Wesleyan University

Assets Under Management:

$180 million

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