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Wealth Management

Our team of experts works hard to get to know you, your family and your business. Once we understand your needs, goals and aspirations, we will recommend product-neutral, needs-based solutions that are customized to your preferences. With a compassionate sense of urgency, we provide timely, attentive and friendly service.

What We Believe

The fiduciary standard is the highest standard of our industry. We embrace that standard and are proud to apply it to all of our actions in the areas of trust and investment management.

Investors are entitled to objective advice. Objectivity requires full freedom to select, hire and fire managers without any economic influence of that choice.

Investment advice should be based on a thorough understanding of the client’s needs, obligations and willingness to assume risk, not an abstract theory or pre-determined formula.

Preservation of capital is an important consideration in any investment strategy and therefore real, absolute returns are as important as comparisons to market indices.

The argument between passive (indexing) and active investment management can be resolved in favor of both, because both strategies can be advantageous to the client.

The Seaside approach

Hear from a variety of Seaside financial experts and clients on why the Seaside approach is so effective. 

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Nora Bagby

Director Private Banking Sales & Service

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Ben Johnson, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager and Client Service Manager

Client Testimonial

“It is evident from the moment that you walk through Seaside's front door that establishing personal relationships with each and every customer is of paramount importance to the bank's mission.”

-Mike Mikkelson and Adam Mikkelson | Liberty Investment Properties 

Asset Management

Seaside Wealth Management provides customized portfolio management and investment advice to clients with a wide variety of investment objects and risk tolerances. We embrace an open architecture in the selection process of asset managers. This means that we do not offer internally produced asset management products.

Instead, we focus our considerable resources and talent on researching and selecting the asset managers who are best able to accomplish your unique financial goals and individual needs. 

Types of Accounts

  • Investment Management for Individual and Joint Ownership
  • IRA, Roth IRA, Inherited IRA, Simple IRA, SEP IRA
  • Trust (with both Seaside as Trustee and Individual as Trustee)
  • Institutional, Corporate and 501(c)(3) Non-Profits

Fiduciary and Trust Services

Control the management of your assets today, while providing financial security for your family. A trust is an effective tool for managing your assets during your lifetime and for the benefit of your loved ones after you are gone. A trust ensures that your assets will be managed in the future according to your wishes, as well as providing significant tax advantages to help you preserve those assets in the present. When you name Seaside as your trustee, you and your beneficiaries enjoy the knowledge and expertise of a breadth of specialists in such fields as:

  • Taxation
  • Investment Research and Management
  • Securities Trading
  • Real Estate
  • Family Business
  • Estate Settlement Services
  • Guardianship

Financial and Retirement Planning

Your financial affairs are complex. As one area of your financial situation changes, it directly impacts others. Seaside has professionals on staff to help perform a thorough analysis. This analysis will create your complete picture while supporting your goal.

Areas we may address for your financial plan include comprehensive financial planning, retirement planning, educational planning, estate planning, business succession and protection planning.

Insurance and Risk Management

Seaside Bank and Trust owns and operates Seaside Insurance, an independent insurance agency focused on providing our clients with insurance solutions tailored to fit their specific needs. Whether you are considering new coverage, additional coverage or simply want a review of your existing policies, Seaside Insurance can provide you with the guidance you need to make an informed decision. Seaside Insurance offers a wide variety of insurance offerings including:

  • Life Insurance
  • Key Man Insurance
  • Term life
  • Universal life
  • Fixed annuities
  • Disability
  • Long-term care
  • Split dollar plans
  • Buy/Sell life insurance

Employee Benefit Services

Our employee benefits services are offered through our independent insurance agency, Seaside Insurance. Programs include:

  • Group Plans: Medical, Dental & Vision
  • Group Ancillary (Life, AD&D, STD, LTD)
  • FSAs/HSAs/HRAs
  • COBRA Administration
  • Customized EB Website
  • EB Consultation and Benefit Management

Economic and Markets Update

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Meet the Team

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Lance Hopegill, CFP

Chief Fiduciary Officer

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Adam Martin, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager

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Philip Rich

Chief Investment Officer

Learning Center

A Closer Look at Market Capitalization

There are many ways to slice and dice your investment portfolio. Having a healthy balance of investments — no matter how you slice it — can help manage risk through the ups and downs of the market.
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Do You Need a Will or a Trust or Both?

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard the terms “will” and “trust,” but you may not know the differences between them. More important, you may not know which one you need. You’ll find some answers here.
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Wealth Transfer Checklist

Having conversations about distributing your money, home and other assets after you’re gone may be uncomfortable, but it’s important to address the topic so you and your heirs are prepared. 
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Retirement, Brokerage: Securities offered through Kestra Investment Services, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Kestra Investment Services, LLC is not affiliated with Seaside Bank and Trust and are NOT a deposit or other obligation of, or guaranteed by, Seaside Bank and Trust or any affiliate of Seaside Bank and Trust, NOT FDIC insured, and subject to risk and may lose value.

Non-Deposit investment products and services, and Insurance products and services offered through Seaside Insurance, Inc., an independent insurance agency, are: 

  • NOT Insured by FDIC or Any Other Government Agency;
  • NOT Guaranteed by Seaside Bank and Trust, a division of United Community Bank or any affiliate of Seaside Bank and Trust or United Community Bank;
  • NOT a Deposit or Obligation;
  • Subject to Risk and May Lose Value