Chastain Wealth was founded by Larren Odom, CFP®, a former partner at a large Registered Investment Advisor Firm. Larren has over 15 years experience in financial planning and investment management and has helped hundreds of clients protect and grow their wealth. Larren is an expert in mitigating taxes, investment management, and asset protection. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and NerdWallet. He is a Certified Financial Planner and has an MBA in Financial Planning from Georgia State University and a B.A. from the University of Florida. Larren is a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and has served on numerous boards of directors in the Atlanta area. He is a member of the 2019 class of Leadership Sandy Springs and volunteers his time to teach a financial literacy class at Riverwood High School. He lives in Chastain Park with his wife, Jennifer, a partner at Bryan Cave LLP law firm, their three children, and two adorable pure-bred mutts. Larren is fluent in French, enjoys Cross-Fit, and likes watching the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Hawks. He is also a coach of his youngest daughter’s U8 TopHat soccer team.
Cory M. Norpel has been the Operations Director at Chastain Wealth Management for three years. Cory plays a vital role in our boutique firm. Because Chastain chooses to work with only a small number of qualified clients, Cory knows every client and business partner by face and by voice. This ensures two things, that our clients receive exemplary customer service and that Chastain protects their assets. Cory is responsible for the IT at Chastain, assists the firm with compliance, runs the firm’s client events, negotiates vendor contracts, and a host of other things that make our firm one of the best in Atlanta.. Cory is an expert in money movement, operations, and technology but she is a true people person, whose favorite part of her day is working with the firm’s clients. In 2012, Cory graduated cum laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where she served as editor, interviewing nonprofit CEOs for Frontdoors News. Cory is originally from Mesa, Arizona. When Cory isn’t at the office, she enjoys reading books, listening to podcasts, crocheting and spending time with her son Jack and husband Kenny, a senior manager at Cox Communications.
Marc Girardot, MBA, CFP® , is a wealth manager at Chastain. Marc has extensive experience managing money and providing financial advice about estate planning, tax mitigation, and investment management. A graduate of Boston University and Emory’s MBA program, Marc has parlayed his strong mathematical and science background into providing Chastain’s clients with a unique perspective about how to invest their money in today’s complex stock market. Marc is Chair Emeritus of the Kennesaw State Univrsity College of Science and Mathematics Advisory Board. Marc also founded a successful medical device company and a real estate company. Marc has a passion for charitable giving and philanthropy and has served in Chair positions of multiple nonprofit aras, and is a patented inventor and published author. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and daughter.
Brittany Strear is the newest Associate Wealth Manager at Chastain Wealth Management. Brittany is a graduate of Emory University with a degree in Applied Mathematics. Here she split her time between conducting mathematical research and serving on the executive board of multiple philanthropic and social clubs. Brittany previously worked as one of Chastain’s summer interns and has become part of the full-time team. She uses her analytical background to navigate the intricacies of the investment world and create financial plans that work for families. Brittany does not only handle the numerical side of wealth management—she also ensures that each client gets a holistic approach to their financial planning. Brittany is originally from Short Hills, New Jersey. In her free time Brittany enjoys exploring Atlanta with friends or hanging at home with her cockapoo, Dylan.
Chastain Wealth uses Steinberger Consulting to help guide our investment decisions. Steinberger Consulting provides expert advice to Registered Investment Advisors and other clients. Steinberger Consulting is owned by Lane Steinberger who has over 20 years experience managing money. After attending North Carolina State University, he entered the securities industry when he joined Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C., where he advised clients on the foreign currency markets and derivative strategies. After leaving Bank of America, he studied international finance in Vienna, Austria, and Bangalore, India, as part of the University of South Carolina’s nationally-ranked International MBA program. He joined BellSouth in 2000, where he managed a $5 billion fixed income/bond portfolio for the company’s pension fund, while also working as one of the fund’s asset allocation strategists, advising on the asset allocation of the entire $20 billion pension portfolio. Today, Mr. Steinberger holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designations. In 2016, he earned his Doctorate in Business at Georgia State University with his dissertation titled: Structural and Return Characteristics of Mid-Capitalization Firms: A Study Into The Myth Around The Superior Returns of Mid-Size Stocks. Chastain Wealth uses Steinberger Consulting to inform its own advice to its clients, and Steinberger Consulting does not directly make any investment decisions for Chastain Wealth’s clients. Chastain Wealth pays Steinberger Consulting a fee for these services, and clients are not charged additional fees for these services.
Dimensional Fund Advisors Chastain is proud to partner with DFA, the premier mutual fund company in the investment world. Founded in 1981, DFA takes an academic research approach to practical investing. Boasting two Nobel laureates in economics on their board of directors, DFA believes in low cost mutual funds that identify the factors that are most likely to achieve superior returns.
Carmichael Consulting Cyber security is an increasing threat in today’s world and one that Chastain Wealth takes very seriously. We use Carmichael Consulting to help ensure that our client’s data is secure and that our network and cloud environments are reliable and compliant.
Professional Compliance Assistance The financial and investment worlds are heavily regulated – this is a good thing because it helps to protect investors. CWM partners with Professional Compliance Assistance, Inc., a local consulting firm that helps us to comply with applicable regulations.