Our Team

G. Michael Cheatham, CLU, ChFC

Managing Director

"Anticipate rather than react. It's the most important concept in our firm because it drives so many aspects of our work. If you go back about 25 years, it's the reason why we established ourselves as independent advisors - representing clients in a diverse marketplace instead of representing a financial services company with limited products."

Mike's engineering degree shaped his analytical approach to help achieve client goals. Meanwhile, his thirty-five years experience bringing specialized resources and knowledge to the clients' side of the table has honed the DavisWalker collaborative process. He has expanded DavisWalker capabilities strategically over the years to match our clients' perceived needs and fill gaps in their planning resources.

He is a member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting and the Society of Financial Service Professionals serving as President of the Richmond Chapter in 1991-92. He is also a member of the Richmond Estate Planning Council, the Society's Estate Planning and Business Compensation Sections, and a charter member of PACE (Professional Achievement in Continuing Education). Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

phone: 804.560.8082 x306
email: m.cheatham@daviswalker.com

John A. Gargula

Director of Case Design and Management

“It’s a great feeling to watch a plan come together. It begins with insight into the unique needs and goals of each client; we cover every detail of the plan, explore all alternatives, and track every step of implementation to see that the solutions match the goals.”

John’s background in financial services is broad and deep. It spans wealth management and wealth transfer, employee and key employee benefits, and life insurance funding and performance analysis. In addition, he has years of management and operational responsibility, from contract negotiation and business plan development to full P&L responsibility. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Finance from Villanova University.

John guides DavisWalker clients through comprehensive case design for wealth preservation and transfer techniques, estate-tax planning and executive benefit programs. He also directs the analysis and selection of insurance financing alternatives through the planning process.

phone: 804.560.8082 x301
email:  j.gargula@daviswalker.com

Our Strategic Partners

David W. Holaday, ChFC, CAP

Founder and Managing Director
Wealth Design Consultants, LLC

“While many affluent families carefully prepare an inheritance for heirs, they often miss opportunities to prepare their heirs for inheritance. This explains why 90% of affluent families lose their wealth by the third generation. My role is to work collaboratively with families and their advisors to decide how to use their assets for their most important personal, family, and charitable goals.”

David Holaday has over 25 years’ experience as a financial consultant and is the founder and managing member of Wealth Design Consultants, LLC, providing consulting on wealth transfer, estate tax, and philanthropic strategies to professional advisors across the nation. His expertise includes wealth transfer strategies, insurance and estate tax planning, business succession planning, and planned gift design for affluent families, private businesses, family foundations, and major donors.

In addition to his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Virginia, Dave earned designations for Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) from The American College.  He is past president of Planned Giving Group of Indiana and a board member of International Association for Advisors in Philanthropy.  In addition he is a member of Kingdom Advisors, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, The Heritage Institute, Advisors in Philanthropy, and Central Indiana Community Foundation.

phone:  317.571.3616
email:  dholaday@wdcplan.com

Robert H. Leeper, CLU, ChFC

Managing Director
NFP

“Our clients’ biggest challenge is planning in an uncertain environment. Because many parts of our tax code discriminate against upper income individuals, their retirement plans become just as critical to personal goals as rank-and-file retirement plans. That puts me on the front line with our clients, diagnosing problems and identifying possible solutions.”

Bob Leeper is one of the managing directors for NFP’s Executive Benefits practice, one of the industry’s most recognized executive benefit platforms. They administer over 80,000 participants and $12B+ in assets for over 1,000 corporations on their proprietary administration systems.

Bob has worked exclusively in the executive benefits field since 1986. Within Executive Benefits, he is responsible for working with companies to develop effective and efficient benefit and compensation programs for key employees. He works with a wide range of employers from closely held companies to major public corporations, banks and not-for-profit organizations.

Bob is a graduate of Clarion University and earned his master’s degree at the University of Dayton.  Bob has also earned Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL) designations from the American College in Bryn Mawr.  He is an industry thought leader and frequent speaker at the Association for Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU), The International Forum, and the National COLI Directors, as well as financial institutions and CLU chapters.

phone:  215.262.0041
email:  rleeper@nfp.com

Office Location

DavisWalker, Ltd.

9100 Arboretum Parkway
Suite 260
North Chesterfield, VA 23236-3493
ph: 804.560.8082

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News Updates

Financial and Economic Brief - August 15, 2017

• Eurozone Industrial Output Down - According to the Eurostat statistics agency, industrial output across the 19 countries that make up the eurozone fell in June, likely illustrating the “export-sapping” impact of the rising euro.

• Consumer Prices Rise Less Than Expected - According to the U.S. Labor Department, U.S. consumer prices rose less than expected in July rising only 0.1%.

• All S&P Sectors Higher - Wall Street opened higher today, all 11 major S&P sectors, as investor sentiment was lifted by easing tensions in the Korean peninsula.

Financial and Economic Brief - August 8, 2017

• Economic Reporting Outlook - The latest reading on inflation is due out this week. It has been “persistently weak” in recent months.

• Positive Jobs Report - According to a government report, the U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July while the unemployment rate fell to 4.3%, the lowest since March 2001.

• Dow at Record High - On Monday, the Dow hit another record high, the Nasdaq opened “slightly” higher, and the S&P was even.

Financial and Economic Brief - August 1, 2017

• Discovery To Acquire Scripps - Discovery Communications reached a deal to acquire Scripps Networks for about $11.9 billion.

• SNAP Shares Fall - Today as markets open, shares of Snap Inc. owner of the Snapchat messaging app fell as much as 5% to a new low, below its initial public offering price, as a "share lock up" ended.

• Fischer: Weal Economy = Low Rates - The Fed's vice chairman Stanley Fischer said in a speech that interest rates aren't just low because the Federal Reserve is keeping them there but rather because of a weak economy and other factors.

Financial and Economic Brief - July 25, 2017

• Economic Outlook Looking Better - According to the Conference Board, leading economic indicators increased 0.6% in June, beating expectations which were for a 0.4% gain.

• This Week’s Economic Releases - This week’s economic reports will reveal whether growth accelerated in Q2 after a slow start to 2017.

• OPEC Caps Nigerian Oil Output - OPEC has agreed with several non-OPEC producers led by Russia to cut oil production by a combined 1.8 million barrels per day from January 2017 until the end of March 2018.

Financial and Economic Brief - July 18, 2017

• NY Manufacturing Slows - Manufacturing in New York State grew in July but at a much slower pace than June and remains at a “mostly healthy level”.

• This Week’s Financial News - This week is an “unusually” light week of economic news but does include the kickoff of the second-quarter earnings season.

• Wall Street Opens Flat - Today U.S. stocks opened flat and held steady at record levels. Analysts estimate Q2 earnings for the S&P 500 companies rose 8.1% from Q2 2016.

Financial and Economic Brief - July 11, 2017

• Job Market Better Than Expected - The U.S. job market created 222,000 new positions in June which was higher than expected and the unemployment rate held at 4.4%.

• More Sears and Kmart Closings - On Friday Sears Holdings announced that it will close eight Sears department stores and 35 Kmart locations, adding to the list of 236 stores Sears has closed in 2017

• Steel Demand Forecast Rises - European steel association, Eurofer, raised its 2017 EU steel demand forecast but said a U.S. plan to levy steel tariffs on national security grounds could be terrible for global trade flows.