Thomas M. Searson, CFA

Principal, Chief Investment Officer

Tom is a co-founder and principal of Providence Capital Advisors and serves as the Chief Investment Officer. In this role, he directs the investment process at Providence Capital and is responsible for security selection within the portfolios.

Prior to co-founding Providence Capital Advisors, Tom served as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Willingdon Wealth Management for 10 years. He was the lead portfolio manager on the Covered Call and Income Portfolio strategies, as well as a supporting analyst on the Core Equity strategy. For approximately half of his tenure at Willingdon, Tom was also the lead Fixed Income portfolio manager.

Prior to beginning his investment career, Tom worked for Ernst and Young LLP in Chicago providing audit services for public and private clients in all industries with a focus on the retail, distribution, and manufacturing segment.

Tom received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 1998. He received his Masters in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 with a concentration in investment management. Tom is a CFA® charterholder, and a member of the CFA Society of North Carolina.  During his time with Ernst and Young LLP, Tom was a Certified Public Accountant.

Tom’s wife, Stacey, is a Family Practice physician in Charlotte. They have two children, Ellie and Jack.