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

 

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 - September 4, 2018

• New NAFTA Deal without Canada? - The Canadian dollar fell against the U.S. dollar after President Trump said the U.S. and Mexico could move forward without Canada in a new NAFTA deal.

• China Lures Talent from Taiwan - A veteran engineer of one of Taiwan’s top-tier chipmakers took an offer from a Chinese state-backed chipmaker last year and now oversees a small team in eastern China.

• Tesla’s Stock Price Forecast Slashed - JP Morgan Chase cut its price target on Tesla, causing its shares to briefly tumble.

Financial and Economic Brief - August 7, 2018

• 5% Treasury Yield Warning - JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive officer, Jamie Dimon, warned investors that they should get ready for U.S. yields of 5 percent.

• Oil Rises after Production Falls - Oil rose on Monday after Saudi crude production fell in July and U.S. drilling appeared to slow down, although the price is still almost 10 percent below its 2018 high of more than $80 a barrel.

• Pepsi Co. CEO Stepping Down - Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo. CEO, is stepping down but will remain as chairwoman of the board of directors until early 2019.

Financial and Economic Brief - July 3, 2018

• Consumer Sentiment Rises - Chief Economist for The University of Michigan's survey Richard Curtin said one-in-four consumers mentioned the potential negative impact of tariffs on the domestic economy.

• ADM in Talks with Neovia - Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is in talks to take over French animal feed business Neovia for 1.5 billion euros ($1.75 billion) in order to expand in the animal nutrition sector.

• Tesla Meets Production Target - Tesla's first mass production vehicle missed two Ņambitious' production targets, but Musk promised investors that the company would make 5,000 Model 3s per week by this time of year.

Financial and Economic Brief - June 26, 2018

• Harley-Davidson Moving Some Production Overseas - The EU launched tariffs on American imports like bourbon, peanut butter and orange juice on Friday.

• Oil Prices Fall - Brent crude oil fell by more than 1% today as investors prepared for an extra 1 million barrels per day (bpd) to hit the markets after OPEC and its partners agreed to raise production to “stop the gap” between supply and demand.

• SEC Probes Earnings per Share - The SEC is investigating whether publicly traded U.S. companies have been rounding up their quarterly earnings to the next highest cent.

Financial and Economic Brief - June 19, 2018

• U.S. GDP Models, Higher - The U.S. economy is likely growing faster than expected, and raised its second-quarter growth forecast to 4 percent from 3.9% on Friday, citing strong manufacturing economic data.

• DJIA Falls amid Growing Trade Tensions - The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 200 points on Monday morning as well as the other major indexes, as China’s “retaliatory action” against U.S. tariffs renewed fears of a trade war.

• Eurozone vs. Greek Government - Eurozone finance ministers are ready to face a conflict this week with the Greek government over the terms of a “golden goodbye” as Greece prepares to leave its third bailout program.

Financial and Economic Brief - June 12, 2018

• New Rate Hikes Soon - The Federal Reserve is due to announce another rate hike this week amidst a “spat” between the U.S. and its Western allies over trade tariffs.

• Rolls-Royce Cutting Jobs - Britain’s Rolls-Royce said a compressor problem found on a “small number of high life Package B engines” are requiring an inspection of the B fleet and sending its shares down 1%.

• Global Economy Risks - Economists warn that trade fights, geopolitical tensions, rising oil prices and emerging market crises could be detrimental to economic growth.