Invested In You.
Duncan Williams is the Founder, Chairman and driving spirit of Duncan Williams Asset Management. He has a considerable background in finance, serving as the President of Duncan-Williams, Inc. since 2000 and shepherding its growth to one of the largest privately owned investment firms in the country.
A Memphis native, Duncan is one of the local owners of the Memphis Grizzlies and is on the board of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. He has served as Chairman of the New Memphis Institute and is a current member of the board. He is also on the board of SunTrust Bank, and is a member of St. Jude’s Professional Advisory Council. He is a past member of the board of Presbyterian Day School, and the Capital Campaign Committee of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.
Duncan has also served on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Board of Governors and is a past member of the FINRA Small Firm Advisory Board, the NASD Small Firms Impact Task Force, and the NASD Small Firm Hand-Off Program Working Group. He is currently serving on the National Adjudicatory Committee (NAC) for FINRA.
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Duncan is a member of the President’s Cabinet, Commerce Executive Society and the Board of Visitors at the University of Alabama.
David Scully, CFA®, CFP®
President & Chief Investment Officer
David Scully is the President and Chief Investment Officer at Duncan Williams Asset Management. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company. With a background in both investments and management, David has been working in the investment industry for over a decade. Additionally, David is involved in the management of the Duncan Williams Asset Management Discretionary Portfolios and is responsible for overseeing the investment process of the firm.
David is a CFA® charter holder, a member of the CFA Society® and the CFA Society of Memphis. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Economics.
A Memphis native, David is a member of St. Peter church. He serves as Treasurer of the University of Memphis Research Foundation Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Agnes Academy and is the founding board chair for the St. Dominic Alumni Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wolf River Conservancy.
Gary W. Lendermon, M.P.S.
Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility
Gary is responsible for Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility at Duncan Williams Asset Management. In this role, he oversees all facets of the growing, regional firm’s internal and external communications and marketing efforts.
Gary brings more than 30 years of experience in the marketing and communications field to Duncan Williams Asset Management. Previously, he served as a divisional president for Archer/Malmo, a Memphis, Tenn.-based AAAA advertising agency, the largest in the Mid-South region. Gary began his advertising career with an international marketing services firm headquartered in New York. His creative and strategic initiatives have won multiple ADDY® Awards, MarCom Awards, PRSA Awards, and an Emmy. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Gary serves on the Director Advisory Council of The Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), Memphis Botanic Garden Board, and the Indie Memphis Board. He is a graduate of the New Memphis Institute’s Leadership Development Intensive (LDI) Program and serves on the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Board of Advisors.
Gary earned his bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Memphis and has his Master’s of Strategic Public Relations from the George Washington University. He holds the series 7 and 63 General Securities licenses.
Jon Hall aligns the firm’s technology vision with its business strategy by integrating company processes with the appropriate technologies. Jon also is responsible for developing and implementing technology initiatives and building infrastructure as well as databases, automation processes and web applications to support those initiatives.
Jon brings to Duncan Williams Asset Management more than 25 years of experience in management, development, and implementation of leading edge technology and applications. As Vice President and Director of Information Technology with Informa Economics, Jon oversaw the development, execution and support of all information technology strategies for the global agricultural and commodity research and consulting firm for over 13 years. Prior to Informa, Jon was the Director of Internet Technologies and an application developer for a MC², a leading construction estimating software development firm.
The depth and breadth of Jon’s experience have tuned his management and development skills and include managing projects in all phases of the development lifecycle.
Jon graduated from Memphis State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology.
Chief Compliance Officer
Heather manages all aspects of DWAM’s compliance program. Previously, Heather worked for Morgan Keegan & Co., based in Memphis, TN as the Director of Regulatory Affairs, and was involved in various committees governing the activities of the firm, including the Risk, Distressed Market, Product and Credit Committees. Prior to Morgan Keegan, Heather worked at AmSouth Investment Services, Inc. (“AIS”) based in Birmingham, AL managing several departments within compliance. She has served in the industry since 1998 and graduated from the University of Montevallo in Alabama where she received a BBA degree with a concentration in Finance and a minor in English.
Patrick T. Burnett
Board of Managers
Patrick Burnett joined Duncan-Williams, Inc. in 2011 as Associate General Counsel. Mr. Burnett now serves in the role of General Counsel and is a member of the executive committee of the Company. Prior to joining Duncan-Williams, Inc., Mr. Burnett was a Member with Glankler Brown, PLLC, a Memphis-based law firm specializing in business law, litigation, and real estate. He is a past Memphis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 honoree and a member of the American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations.
Mr. Burnett received a Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi. He is a former board member and officer of the Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation and the Cotton Museum. Mr. Burnett also has served as a member of the Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Vestry and as Senior Warden, as well as a member of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School Board of Trustees.
Board of Managers
Frank is a member of the Board of Managers. He is a 1976 graduate of Christian Brothers University. He holds licenses as a Financial and Operations Principal, General Securities Principal, Registered Options Principal and General Securities Representative. Frank began his career at an accounting firm where he became a partner in charge of the auditing department. He joined Duncan-Williams, Inc. in 1985 and is currently its Chief Financial Officer.
Kyle Gowen, CFA®, CFP®
Director of Investments
As a member of the Investment Committee at DWAM, Kyle serves all clients of DWAM. Kyle has worked in the investments industry for ten years, previously at Raymond James Financial Services and Duncan-Williams, Inc., and served in both client services and investment research roles. He attended SMU for undergrad and received his MBA at Tulane. He holds both CFA® and CFP® designations.
Cooper Young Community Association; SoundCheck: A Young Professionals Council of the Greater Memphis Chamber; President of Tulane Alumni Club
Hudson Atkins, Jr
Hudson Atkins serves as Vice President at Duncan Williams Asset Management where he works on building and growing strong client relationships. In this role, he is in constant communication with his clients delivering market updates and performance reviews. Hudson is an Economics graduate of Rollins College with a focus in International Business. After graduation, he returned home to work with Duncan-Williams, Inc. as a Financial Advisor in 2012. With the creation of Duncan Williams Asset Management, he moved into a similar position as Vice President in 2015. Hudson also serves as Secretary to the Vestry at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Treasurer of the Memphis Ducks Unlimited Chapter, and an Associate Board Member at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
Young Adult Le Bonheur Leaders (YALL); The American Cancer Society; The West Clinic’s Wings Cancer Foundation; Ronald McDonald House; Levitt Shell
Patrick O'Connor, CFP®
As Vice President at Duncan Williams Asset Management, Patrick’s primary responsibilities include working closely with individual investors, retirement plan investment consulting and individualized participant education services, as well as working with organizations in the non-profit sector in regards to their foundation and endowment investment policies and investment allocations. A native Memphian, Patrick received a degree in Advertising from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Before his transition into the investment consulting business, Patrick worked as an account executive for a nationally-recognized advertising agency where he was responsible for helping clients, which ranged from national non-profits to professional sports teams, strategically develop and implement marketing campaigns with multi-million dollar budgets. Patrick currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, the Germantown Performing Arts Center, and the Tennessee Clean Water Network. Patrick’s wife, Katy, works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is the lead transplant coordinator, and they are members of Second Presbyterian Church. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys fishing, golfing, and biking, and he is always happy when he’s enjoying fellowship and a good meal with friends and family.
Board of Directors, Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence; Board of Directors, Germantown Performing Arts Center; Board of Directors, Tennessee Clean Water Network.
Grace is the Operations Manager of DWAM, including Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources, and Office Management responsibilities. Grace graduated Cum Laude from Samford University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Management. She began her career at Duncan-Williams, Inc. as a summer intern in 2010. Upon graduation from Samford University, she joined the Private Client Group of Duncan-Williams, Inc. Grace is a member of Second Presbyterian Church. At Second, she serves as a Deacon, sits on the Finance Committee, teaches Vacation Bible School, leads the Bible class for the children’s choir, and volunteers in the nursery. In 2016, Grace served on the church’s Nominations Committee to select a slate of Elders and Deacons. Grace was a mentor at Streets Ministries for two years as well. Grace is a 2012 graduate of the Memphis Fellows Program. Grace sits on the Board of the Memphis Fellows Program, where she serves on the Admissions Committee and as the Alumni Coordinator. As Alumni Coordinator she also serves on the Alumni Committee of The Fellows Initiative (TFI) Board, which is based in Washington, DC. Grace serves as the Samford University Alumni Coordinator for her graduating class. In addition, she is the Chair of Samford’s Memphis Alumni Chapter. Grace serves on the Samford University Alumni Association’s Executive Council. Grace is a graduate of the NEXUS program.
Second Presbyterian Church, Deacon and Finance Committee; Second Presbyterian Church Fellows Program, Board Member: Alumni Coordinator and Admissions Committee; The Fellows Initiative (TFI), Alumni Committee; Samford University’s Memphis Alumni Chapter, Chair; Samford University Alumni Association’s Executive Council; NEXUS; Streets Ministries