"I started Old Peak to offer a service that is badly needed and in short supply: comprehensive financial planning. We want to know our clients deeply, give them thoughtful, tailored advice and help them achieve their dreams."
Rick founded Old Peak. He has 25 years’ experience providing financial advice. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. He previously spent 15 years advising companies and governments throughout Asia, with Merrill Lynch, where he led teams that completed $50 billion of transactions. Rick has degrees from Princeton (AB) and Harvard Business School (MBA). He volunteers in area schools, teaching financial literacy. Rick and his wife have two adult children and live in Chapel Hill.
"Being a CFP® is a standard. One that requires me as a professional to hold up to (at a minimum) and helps consumers make decisions when seeking someone to provide financial advice
At Old Peak, I am contributing to provide financial advice the right way; collaborating with my colleagues and clients; forever exploring improvement. Ultimately, we are seeking to provide clarity to help our clients make decisions."
Molly has over a decade of experience as a financial advisor. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. She has a bachelor’s degree from NC State and a master’s in financial planning and taxation. In 2014, she spent six months with a non-profit in Tanzania, teaching English, business, and vocational skills to women. As a commitment to improving and engaging in the industry, she serves on the regional NAPFA board and the regional estate planning council board. Molly, her husband, and their two daughters now live in Traverse City, MI, where they love exploring and enjoying its natural beauty.
"As a CFP professional, I enjoy helping clients align their money with their values. I believe our money is an extension of our values – the way we earn, save, spend, and invest.
Old Peak stands apart because of our focus on putting our client’s needs first, by providing honest and tailored advice".
Katie joined Old Peak in 2017. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and has been working in the financial planning and community investment field for over 6 years. As a Chartered SRI Counselor™, Katie is particularly interested in sustainable investing practices and provides expertise to clients interested in aligning their investments with their values. She has a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, and a master’s in international relations from the American Graduate School in Paris. She volunteers with the VITA program, providing free tax assistance, and serves as the board treasurer for Student Action with Farmworkers, a local non-profit. She and her husband live in Durham.
"Being a CFP® professional asserts my personal and professional desire to always put clients’ best interests above my own. To me, working at Old Peak means I get to work together with my colleagues, not alone, to foster an environment of continuous learning and providing real financial planning to our clients."
Dan joined Old Peak in 2019. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and has been working in the financial planning profession for 7 years. Dan has a bachelor’s degree in business and minor in applied economics from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Old Peak, Dan worked as a financial planner at a large firm in Oklahoma & Texas advising affluent families through the difficulties of wealth transfer and retention. Dan has a personal interest in working with the veterinary medical community as his wife, Kelsey, is a practicing veterinarian in Cary, NC. He is an active member of NAPFA & the NC Veterinary Medical Association - Industry Council. He and his wife, along with their dog, Laney, live in Morrisville, NC.
"Old Peak Finance, to me, personifies what it means to be a fiduciary. Our founder, Rick Waechter, has created an environment that promotes goal orientation and ownership and responsibility and satisfaction. I believe those values exist because Old Peak Finance operates from a place of respect and integrity. I have experienced and witnessed understanding, compassion, encouragement, direction and support from everyone on our team, and endeavor to offer the same in return. I am thankful to be here. Why do I work at Old Peak Finance? Because fiduciary is not only our commitment; fiduciary is our culture."
Donna joined Old Peak in 2015. She spent the two prior years teaching 5th grade math (1st year) and high school Geometry and Algebra II (2nd year) as a Teach for America Corps Member in Leflore County, MS. Donna is currently developing a non-profit organization devoted to educational equity and aimed at high school age students. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has three children, and lives in Broadway, Harnett County, NC.
"It’s a breath of fresh air to work at Old Peak Finance. It’s refreshing to have an employer who treats his employees as humans and values them, not numbers who are dispensable. Working in financial planning means one doesn’t stop learning, which I thoroughly enjoy. The knowledge is beyond finance; I get to learn about healthcare, estate planning, just to name a few."
Johanna joined Old Peak in 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in Media and Journalism, with a specialization in Public Relations, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Johanna is an author. She self-published her first book, Soar, in 2019. Johanna, her husband and their two children live in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.