Don Wilson, CFA, CFP®

Partner | Chief Investment Officer

Investment Management

Don combines his passion for investing, intellectual curiosity and analytical framework to build investment strategies to help our clients grow and preserve their wealth.

Don is a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer at Brightworth. His primary roles are developing the overall investment strategy for client portfolios, leading the investment research and portfolio management team and chairing the Investment Committee. Don joined Brightworth in 1998. Prior to his current role, he served as Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director of Portfolio Management for the firm.

Don is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Charterholder and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. He graduated with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering.

Don is a member of the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals and the fee-only National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).  Don serves on the Zoo Atlanta Leadership Council and the East Atlanta Young Life Committee. 

Don has been quoted and/or featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron's, The Financial Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reuters, The Atlanta Business ChronicleCFA Institute Magazine, Financial Advisor Magazine, Financial Planning and Kiplinger's Retirement Report.  He has written numerous investment articles and has spoken at investment conferences and industry groups including the Alpha Group, the Private Wealth Southeast Forum, the Innovative Alternative Strategies Conference and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.  Don has also appeared on Fox 5 News Atlanta.

Don and his wife, Stephanie, have three children and are members of Intown Community Church. He enjoys travel, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Authored Content

Characteristics of Bear Markets

It’s been 10 years since the last bear market, commonly defined as a sustained decline of 20 percent or more. We experienced a significant correction late last year, with stock dropping almost, but not quite 20 percent. Equity prices have since staged an impressive recovery so far this year. While we don’t know if the next bear market is right around the corner or a long time away, to successfully navigate the next one and keep their investment strategy intact, investors need to know three things...

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