Our Team

Our Team

Our team provides world-class, highly personalized service catered to your specific financial needs and goals.

We value spending time with you face to face and building relationships to last a lifetime.

We believe that we are called to be the light in our community by loving and caring for others. Our faith in God forms the cornerstone of everything we do—personally and professionally.

We are held to the standard of fiduciary for our clients and act in utmost good faith to serve your best interest.  

We are committed to being your most trusted advisors.

Get to know us  

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Greg Patterson

Managing Partner and Financial Advisor

Greg Patterson is managing partner of Atlantic Wealth Management. As a financial advisor, he has devoted more than a decade of his professional career to helping individual investors and their families achieve their financial goals. Along with JA, Greg is responsible for guiding the team’s wealth management practice, where he leads the overall client service and investment experience.

Greg is the trusted advisor to many successful individuals and families who have retired to the Crystal Coast or are working toward retirement. Through his work, he endeavors to help his clients build, manage, preserve, and transition wealth using a planning process, a team of specialists, and personalized service. As an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network, Greg has worked extensively in the field of financial management and maintains the FINRA Series 7, 63, and 66 securities registrations as well as life, health, and long-term care insurance licenses. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as well as completed coursework from the College of Financial Planning.

Acting on his faith and strong desire to give back to his community, Greg is active as an advisory board member with the Salvation Army and the Beaufort Historical Association and serves as an elder and youth leader in his church, Saturday Night Life.

Greg and his wife, Melissa, have five adult children and live in Morehead City, North Carolina. Among his interests are reading, spending time with his family, backpacking, and playing the drums.


Greg Patterson is proud to have been recognized as a President's Club advisor for 2018—a distinction based on annual production attained by 13 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes President's Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. President's Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

James Allen Canady, CPA

Partner and Chief Financial Officer

James Allen “JA” is a partner and chief financial officer of Atlantic Wealth Management. He maintains the firm’s client-centered focus as he oversees finance and operations, including portfolio analysis and monitoring. JA was born and raised in Clayton, North Carolina. He attended Campbell University, where he received an undergraduate degree in trust and investment management with minors in accounting and financial planning. JA also completed graduate work and earned his MBA at Campbell.

JA has been part of the Morehead City community since 2004. He spent nine years in corporate finance and accounting as a CPA, controller, and business consultant, working for two local private companies and briefly for a national accounting firm. Prior to starting Atlantic Wealth Management, JA most recently worked for Wells Fargo Advisors. JA’s prior experience serves the firm well as he focuses on ways to continually optimize the client experience at Atlantic Wealth Management. He currently holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network®, as well as life, health, and long-term care insurance licenses. He also holds a North Carolina CPA designation and is a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs.

JA and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married since 2004 and have been blessed with three children, Reese, Sadie, and Eliza. JA strives first and foremost to be a Christ-follower both at work and at home. He leads worship at Saturday Night Life Church and enjoys being active, playing music, and spending time with his family.

Kim Wadford

Director of First Impressions, Client Service Associate

Kim brings an extensive background in office operations and client service to Atlantic Wealth. In this new role, Kim will serve as the first contact for clients and their families, coordinating with partners Greg Patterson and James Allen Canady to successfully serve client relationships and operational needs of the firm.

Previously Kim served as office manager for RGD Projection Management in Cary, North Carolina. She earned a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University. Kim is passionate about serving her community and is active as a volunteer with The Storehouse Food Pantry in Morehead City, North Carolina.