Our Team

We are a team-owned organization that prides ourselves on being trusted advisors to community banks across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our core values are embodied in the team below.

Leadership

Jon Burke Burke Group Atlanta
Managing Partner

Jon Burke

Jon founded and built one of the country’s top-ranked advisory firms – Burke Capital. It became the preeminent bank advisory firm for nearly fifteen years in the Southeast, being well known as having unequalled access to most of the leaders of the banking industry. Prior to founding Burke Capital, Jon was a senior officer at The Robinson Humphrey Company, where he led the banking and financial institution research effort. Jon played a critical role in assisting Robinson Humphrey’s various commercial banking offerings including corporate finance and trading. He was particularly known for assisting in bank M&A and capital assignments. Jon is considered one of the leading authorities on banking and financial institutions in the Southeast largely due to his role as advisor on key transactions in the market. Jon is a CFA and holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University.

Drew Stelling Burke Group Atlanta
Managing Partner

Drew Stelling

Drew has spent the majority of his career assisting community banks and has been an integral member of The Burke Group since its founding. Prior to joining The Burke Group, Drew worked at Morgan Keegan, where he focused primarily on the Financial Institutions investment banking group. Drew also spent time in the Specialty Finance and General Industrials investment banking groups of Raymond James following its acquisition of Morgan Keegan. Drew received a BBA in Finance from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Drew is also licensed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as an Investment Banking Representative (Series 79) and a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63).

Roger Powell
Managing Director

Roger Powell

Roger has assisted community and regional banks, specialty finance companies, and their strategic vendors in a wide variety of financing and corporate development transactions over the past 40 years. As the founder of Roger G. Powell LLC, he led consulting and investment banking projects for the company. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director with Janney, Deutsche Bank Securities, and Alex. Brown & Sons. He received a BA in Economics from Davidson College and the Advanced Management Certificate from the North Carolina School of Banking at Chapel Hill. He is licensed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a supervisor (Series 9/10 and Series 24).

The Burke Group - Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Vice President

David Walton

David has spent his entire career serving depository institutions and other financial services companies in the South and Midwest; he has executed over 30 whole bank M&A transactions with an aggregate deal value exceeding $2.0 billion. Prior to joining The Burke Group, David was a Vice President at Piper Jaffray, where he served financial institutions in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Previously, he worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and began his career in the Atlanta office of Sandler O’Neill. David earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is licensed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as an Investment Banking Representative (Series 79) and a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63).

Adam Gardner
Vice President

Adam Gardner

Adam joined The Burke Group in 2016. He received a BBA in Finance from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2020. Adam is also licensed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as an Investment Banking Representative (Series 79) and a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63).

Denny Wolfarth Burke Group Atlanta
Senior Advisor

Denny Wolfarth

Denny has broad experience in advising on corporate finance transactions and led a number of M&A and capital raising projects while at Burke Capital. Denny began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co., where he was a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. While at Arthur Andersen, his experience included advising middle market companies on corporate finance matters and working on M&A transactions. Prior to joining Burke Capital in 1996, Denny was a senior executive for a multi-divisional manufacturing company with sales in excess of $400 million. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and holds a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Our Expertise

Focus, Relationships and Objectivity Paired with Deep Industry Knowledge

Senior-Level Attention
Project selectivity allows multiple senior deal team members’ involvement in each engagement.
Extensive Industry Relationships
Well-known in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic markets for connecting unique buyers, sellers and investors.
Financial Markets Expertise
Broad experience and knowledge of complex transactions allows a comprehensive and objective evaluation of alternatives.
Independent and Objective
Potential conflicts minimized by avoiding publication, underwriting of public securities or expectation of banking revenue.
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