Our Team

“We offer financial solutions and security through honesty, integrity and service.”

Welcome To A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC

John B. Balcerzak, CFP®, Founder, Managing Member, Author, Investment Advisor Representative

With over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, John Balcerzak has dedicated his business career to helping families and small businesses accomplish their financial goals by focusing on their core values which involve balance and clarity of all four asset classes. (Financial, Intellectual, Social and Human).

With all the turmoil in the markets and conflicts of interest with advisors, John believes clients can be best served when advisors act as fiduciaries for their clients. John also believes that “if you always take care of the clients’ best interest first the clients will take care of you and you can build real trustworthy lifelong client relationships.” John has been a multi-year winner of the Five Star Professional award, he is a regular contributor to WCNC’s Charlotte Today show, he hosts a radio show called “Creating Lifestyles Building Legacies” and is a published author. John has also been featured in Forbes magazine and has the following licenses: Series 65, Life & Health, Long-Term Care, and Property and Casualty. To further his education and ethics, John attained the prestigious Certified Financial Planner ™ certification.

John resides in Lake Norman with his wife Anya, and their two sons John and Aiden. John and Anya attend Elevation Church. John is also a member of the National Ethics Bureau and the Financial Planning Association. One of John’s true passions is giving back so both A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC and John are actively involved in the Gradient Gives Back program and help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. John enjoys boating, skiing, golf, traveling, reading and attending Carolina Panthers football games. John is committed to truly make a positive difference for all the people in his life.

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Gail Scurry, RICP®, Investment Advisor Representative

Gail brings 20+ years of unique entrepreneurial and corporate experience to her position as Investment Advisor Representative for A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC, and holds Series 6, 63 and 65 licenses as well as “Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP)” designation. She is licensed to sell all types of insurance products including life, annuities, health, disability, and 401k retirement plans and is also currently pursuing her CFP® designation.

Her unique experience and skillset includes co-founding and managing a successful construction company in the Charlotte area that she helped grow to 125 people and over $20M in revenue. After company sale, she successfully transitioned into her second career as a Financial Advisor for Prudential where she was awarded the “Annuities Masters Council” for four years running.

Gail lives in Huntersville with her husband and two German Shepherds and enjoys all spectator sports, gardening, and helping her valued clients.

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Michael Gibson, Investment Advisor Representative

Michael Gibson is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and a 2002 graduate of Wofford College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Accounting. The 2002 recipient of the Light Kinney Award, he was recognized as the senior member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity as outstanding leader and representative for the fraternity and the College. He joined his father and brother in Gibson & Associates in September 2002. Michael has worked in sales and service support, helping client groups with their various needs. Michael currently holds his series 65 license and acts as an Investment Advisor Representative for A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC in the Columbia, SC office. Michael is licensed to sell all types of insurance products including Health, Dental, Disability, Life and 401K retirement plans. He currently serves as Vice President of Finance. He lives with his wife Elizabeth, a part-time support team member of Gibson & Associates, and their daughters Emma and Anna in Irmo, South Carolina.

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Shauntae Funkhouser, Client Services Director

Shauntae comes to A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC with over 15 years of experience in a variety of client focused positions. She is a highly organized multitasker with exceptional technical, interpersonal and communication skills. Her skill set has allowed her to venture out to find her true passion. Not only does she enjoy interacting and working with financial clients but she also relishes working in the medical field. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, with a major in Radiology and minor in Healthcare Management.

Shauntae currently lives in Huntersville, NC with her husband, and daughter Marly. They moved here from Bunker Hill, WV in April 2016. Her family truly enjoys the outdoors where they participate in boating, snowboarding, hiking, and camping; they are all nature and animal lovers. She also loves to paint and has taught paint classes in the past.

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Kent Sellers, Case Manager

Kent is a Case Manager for A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC. In that role, he emphasizes attention to detail while supporting John B. Balcerzak CFP® and his team in all facets of the financial plan. These include client case design, investment research, preparation for client meetings, modeling/scenario building and maintenance of client accounts.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He entered the financial arena when he became employed with Bank of America at their Print Operations Center in Charlotte, NC. He worked at that location for 18 years before moving to A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC in 2012.

He is currently in the process of completing his Series 65 exam to become an investment representative at A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC. He is also studying for his Life Insurance license with A4 Capital Management. Kent is a native of the Lake Norman area and lives in Mooresville, NC.

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Angela Walton, Marketing & Public Relations

Angela is our marketing and public relations liaison. She says she is a jack of all trades and master of none. She has been working in sales environments for over 30 years. A native of Virginia, she moved to Huntersville, NC in 1985 and loves it here. Originally a valued client, Angela decided and believed so much in what we accomplished for her after the loss of her husband in October 2010 that she decided to come and work for us.

Angela is an avid animal lover and she has four cats and two dogs. As a matter of fact, her dogs, Krissy Loo and Henry are part of the welcoming committee at A4. Angela enjoys volunteering and being part of her church in Lake Norman. Angela very strongly believes in walking out God’s Kingdom principles daily in her life.

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Matt McGee, Senior Associate

Matt grew up in Kernersville, North Carolina.  Upon graduation from High School, he attended Gardner Webb University on a soccer scholarship. In 1994, he decided to move into the Golf Industry as a Golf Professional under the PGA of America program working at several private clubs in the Carolinas. This move would be valuable in that it created long lasting relationships and training from some of the best mentors that would endure long after leaving the industry in 2003.

After leaving the industry, Matt turned to the Real Estate and Mortgage Industry which in time led him to financial services in the Lake Norman area. He found his passion was to help families protect what’s most important to them. After being contacted by several companies, he realized A4 Capital was the best opportunity because of the mentorship and outstanding presence they have in the area.

He currently has a NC Life Insurance License and is working towards completing his series 65 exam. Matt resides in Concord, NC with his wife, Amanda and two children, Riley and Allyson. He enjoys spending time with family, golfing and fishing. Matt is an active member of the Lake Norman Chamber and his church.

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Pat Dempsey, Senior Associate

Pat grew up in Camden, South Carolina. Upon graduation from High School, he volunteered for the draft and entered the United States Army for two years. He then decided to earn his college degree, enrolling and graduating from South Carolina State University in 1980, thereby reentering the Army as a Second Lieutenant, and retiring as a Major. While in the military, he earned his Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michgan University in 1995.

After retiring from the United States Army in 1997, Pat decided to go into business for himself in the financial services industry. His passion for helping families and businesses achieve financial independence was an obvious choice since even during his military tenure, he assisted other service members with financial concerns. His desire was so strong, that in 1984 at the rank of Captain, Pat interviewed with a major financial services company and considered leaving the military, but ultimately decided not to. His goal is to open several A4 one-stop-shop financial services offices in the states of North and South Carolina over the next 10 years. His passion is to educate middle and upper income America on basic financial principles that have normally been reserved for the wealthy. Pat currently holds a life, accident, and health license.

Pat is married to his lovely wife, Jane, and has four adult children.