Industry Veteran Has Plans to Substantially Grow the Atlanta MarketGarrett Alton joins Wilmington Trust as Wealth Market Leader in Atlanta. Garrett, who returns to his home state of Georgia after seven years in the Northeast/Midwest with BNY Mellon Wealth Management, will be responsible for substantially growing the firm’s wealth advisory services in Atlanta with a focus on individual and family wealth, endowments and foundations, family offices, and corporate and institutional services.
“The goal is to position Wilmington Trust as the undisputed market leader in this region,” Garrett said. “In a market as vibrant as Atlanta, Wilmington Trust should be the go-to for privately held business, wealthy families/individuals, endowments and foundations, as well as family offices. The region’s thriving business ecosystem can continue to create significant wealth, and we are uniquely positioned to serve this market. Individuals and institutions need more than just an experienced investment advisor. They need an advisory partner that can bring a truly comprehensive and experienced approach to both sides of the balance sheet, as well as tax and accounting advice, multigenerational planning, and trust services.”
To achieve strong growth, Garrett plans to leverage the established strengths of Wilmington Trust, including its investment knowledge, deep expertise in wealth strategy, fiduciary solutions, and powerful private banking services. “Furthermore, Wilmington Trust has more than a century* of experience nationally—and nearly two decades in Atlanta—working with private business sales offering pre-transaction planning,” he said.
In addition to partnering with the business community, Garrett plans to aggressively recruit new talent to join the existing Atlanta team. “Supporting and coaching our current team of seasoned professionals is important as we immediately begin to recruit new talent. Specifically, wealth advisors, private bankers, and client associates to build out the office to not only support our current clients but to also support the growth we seek in our Atlanta business,” he said.
“The appointment of Garrett in this role enables us to grow in the market and service our clients in a more seamless manner,” said Doris Meister executive vice president, Wealth Management at Wilmington Trust. “His track record of success, combined with his broad knowledge of the region, will work to cement Wilmington Trust’s competitive advantage.”
“Garrett’s arrival in Atlanta marks a major milestone for our firm,” said Bill Buccella, head of U.S. markets, Wilmington Trust. “He brings the extensive experience and leadership necessary to deepen existing client relationships and develop new relationships that will ultimately expand our presence.”
Garrett’s experience and roots in Atlanta run deep, with over 20 years of wealth management/financial services experience in Georgia and 28 years overall. “I’m excited about the continued business growth in Atlanta and looking forward to reengaging with the business and charitable communities in my home state. I’m also exploring board and charitable opportunities that can have a meaningful impact for the great people of Atlanta and continue Wilmington Trust’s strong legacy of supporting the communities in which we live, work, and serve.”
Garrett holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Management from Augusta University. He also earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations from the American College.
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