You might have seen our Team Page with our full team lineup, showing us in the office setting, with the usual bios about backgrounds and roles. We wanted to show you who we are outside of the office and share a little about the personalities that make up our team.

We hope you enjoy getting to know us!

Up next: Clay Calhoun, Trading & Client Service. Watch this short video, where Clay talks about his role at Aptus.



Places I’ve Lived

Born and raised in Fairhope, AL. Attended The University of Alabama before moving back to Fairhope.

What I Listen To

Everything, but mostly Country from the 80’s and 90’s.

Food & Drink

Cast iron skillet fillets and an Old Fashioned.

Best Part of My Job

Learning how I can help our team and the advisors that we serve. Also getting to work alongside the Aptus crew — never a dull moment.

Nights & Weekends

Depends on the season. Winter/Fall- Fireside with friends and family or at the camp. Spring/Summer- Chasing turkeys or on a boat with the Family. Also enjoy landscaping as a hobby.

Favorite Trips

Snow-skiing out west with my wife, Courtney. Universal Studios with the Family.

Favorite Quote
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On!’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ― Calvin Coolidge


Favorite Shows/Movies

Forrest Gump, Seinfeld, Christmas Vacation or any comedy.



See More Team Highlights

Derek Hernquist: Business Developments & Partnerships

Will Gardner: Advisor Transitions & Support

James Yahoudy, CFP: Strategic Consulting & Enterprise Relationships

John Luke Tyner, CFA: Portfolio Manager & Fixed Income

Beckham Wyrick, CFA: Portfolio Manager & Portfolio Reviews

Mark Callahan: Institutional Trading & Analytics 

Matt McGowan, CAIA: Strategic Consulting

James Bai: VP of Product Management

John Goldsberry: Facilitator / Operations / Technology

Brett Wickmann: Chief Compliance Officer

Joseph Sykora, CFA: Equity Analyst & Portfolio Reviews