Old North State Trust has a team of professionals backed with many years of experience in the financial industry. Our expert and dedicated staff provide clients with strategies to effectively manage their existing assets and to provide the eventual transfer of their wealth.
Denis R. de St. Aubin
Denis founded the company in 1994. He motivates his team of financial professionals to exceed client expectations as a company standard. His successful business insight has established several companies, including Heritage Investments, Heritage Concrete Service Corporation, and Chatham Hackney Insurance. Denis attended High Point College, East Carolina University and graduated from Greensboro College. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Heritage Concrete Service Corporation, Service Building Supply, and the NC Art Incubator.
Michael T. Spohn
Michael serves as President and Chief Financial Officer for Old North State Trust. He oversees Old North State Trust’s financial and operational activities. In addition, he is an individual client advisor and financial consultant for small to medium sized business owners. Prior to joining Old North State Trust, Michael served as Chief Financial Officer for both public and privately owned family companies, and served as auditor and consultant at the public accounting firm BDO Seidman, LLP in Greensboro, NC. Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from High Point University.
Susan Beard CRPC®, CTFA
Vice President & Senior Wealth Advisor
As Vice President and Senior Wealth Advisor for Old North State Trust, Susan provides objective and thoughtful guidance in advising individuals and families on wealth and planning strategies. She also focuses on new business development in the Triad community regarding financial planning, portfolio management, trust services, and company retirement plans. Susan has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, first with Bank of America Trust, then with Wachovia Bank and Wells Fargo Wealth Management. Susan is a graduate of Mary Washington University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She holds her CTFA certification and CRPC®, Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation. Susan enjoys community involvement and challenges; she has participated in fundraising for the Make-A- Wish Foundation of central and western North Carolina by completing a 28-mile hike in one day. She is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, Greensboro, NC Chapter, and a board member of the SFSP Foundation. Susan is also a member of the Greensboro Estate Planning Council the High Point Estate Planning Council, and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro Professional Advisors Committee.
Trust and Wealth Management Services
Managing Director of Trust Services
Tammy serves as Managing Director of Trust Services and oversees all aspects of trust services for Old North State Trust, LLC. She is responsible for the administration of her client accounts, as well as developing the policies and procedures that outline the trust administration for the company. Tammy has over 19 years of experience, most recently serving as the Fiduciary Manager of the NewBridge Bank Wealth Division. She assists her clients in developing specific financial strategies focusing on asset protection, investment management, and wealth transition techniques. Tammy is currently responsible for the administration of personal, family, and charitable trust, as well as estate planning and settlement. In addition to her fiduciary duties, she is responsible for acting as agent on behalf of Old North State Trust, LLC for multiple clients by assisting them in the development of an investment allocation strategy that best fits their overall wealth plan. She also manages Individual Retirement Accounts, Deferred Compensation Plans, 401(k) plans, and oversees custodial relationships.
Tammy is a graduate of the Cannon Financial Trust Institute with a concentration of Personal Trust and Fiduciary law. Through her career, Tammy has held increasingly key positions that include compliance and regulatory oversight, relationship management, and estate planning. Tammy has served as Chairperson on multiple committees both in her professional and personal life and is an active member of the United Methodist church.
Bob Edwards MBA
Senior Trust Officer
As a Senior Trust Officer for Old North State Trust, Bob assists and guides clients in developing their financial objectives through the administration of trusts, investment management and estate accounts. Before joining ONST, Bob worked with RBC Centura Bank, principally as Personal Trust Services Manager and Senior Trust Officer. He also served as Vice President of the Trust Alliance Group for Comerica Bank & Trust and coordinated the transition of trust accounts to Comerica Bank as part of the planned exiting of the trust business by RBC Centura Bank. Bob graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also received a Masters in Business Administration from Campbell University and completed the Southeastern Trust School at Campbell University. Bob has been active with trust education through Campbell University serving on the Trust Foundation Board and as Dean of the Southeastern Trust School. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Rocky Mount Area Salvation Army.
Jan Metcalf CTFA
Senior Trust Officer
Jan serves as Senior Trust Officer assisting clients with developing and implementing their personal financial objectives through the administration of trusts, estates, IRAs, investment and custodial accounts. A graduate of Cannon Financial Institute’s Personal Trust School, she is certified by the American Institute of Banking as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA). She is a graduate of Elon College (now Elon University). Jan has worked in trust services for sixteen years and previously in the financial and administrative areas of private business. She is past president of the Piedmont Business and Estate Planning Council.
Regina Johnson CTFA
Senior Trust Officer
Regina is our Trust Officer for the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and surrounding Triad area of North Carolina. She spent 25 years in fiduciary administration with Wells Fargo and its predecessor, Wachovia. Prior to ONST, Regina served as a Financial Advisor at Midtown Financial Advisors where she held her Series 65, 63 and 6 licenses. She has experience working with trust administration, estate settlement, taxation, asset allocation and risk management. In addition, she also specializes in older adult issues, such as Medicare, social security, financial protection, and transitions. Regina is a graduate of High Point University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She also received a post-baccalaureate degree in Gerontology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Regina graduated from the Southeastern Trust School at Campbell University and completed Cannon Trust School. She holds the Certified Trust Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers and the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) designation from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. She is a member of the Southern Gerontological Society and is an active volunteer with Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).
Royce Weisner MBA
Senior Trust Officer
Royce serves as a Senior Trust Officer in the Triad and Western North Carolina markets. He is responsible for the administration of trusts, investment management accounts, IRAs, and estates. Royce earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Trust and Wealth Management, a Minor in Financial Planning, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Campbell University. With over 17 years of experience, his extensive background in Trust Services and wealth management is a natural fit for our team. Royce is active in the community as he volunteers with the Urban Ministry and is also a member of the Greensboro Estate Planning council.
Spence Evans, CTFA, MBA
Spence serves as a Trust Officer for Eastern North Carolina through the Greenville and Wilmington offices. He assists and guides clients in developing their financial objectives through the administration of trust, investment management, and estate accounts. Prior to joining ONST, Spence served the Greenville, NC area with BB&T as a Private Wealth Advisor having held Series 66 and 7 licenses. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Trust and Wealth Management and his Master of Business Administration from Campbell University. Spence serves on various local non-profit boards and committees and is also an Assistant Chief for the Winterville Community Fire Department.
Robin serves as a Trust Officer for the Wilmington and Southeastern NC areas. She assists and guides clients in developing their financial objectives through the administration of trust. Robin has over 40 years of experience in the banking industry, with the last 10 years at Old North State Trust as an Assistant Trust Officer. Prior to joining Old North State Trust, she worked for Wachovia Wealth Management as a Trust Associate for 13 years. Through her career Robin has held key positions, but her primary focus continues to be on meeting client’s needs.
Chief Investment Officer
Paul is our Chief Investment Officer and works in our Greensboro office. He is responsible for investment selection and analysis, as well as creating customized portfolios for our high net worth clients. Paul joins us after spending almost two decades managing portfolios in the private wealth management arena. During his tenure, he has worked with many types of clients including business owners, public and private pension/profit sharing plans, municipalities, corporations, foundations, endowments, retirement/qualified plans, and numerous types of trust accounts. Over the years he has been a member of various capital market, trust, and risk committees. Paul graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When he is not attending/coaching a sporting event with his kids, Paul enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Sam Soots, CFP®,CRPS®
As a Relationship Manager for Old North State Trust, Sam works closely with Individuals and Retirement Plans as a Fiduciary. Having received his degree in Economics and Commerce from Hampden-Sydney College, Sam has built the foundation to effectively communicate the dynamics of our Investment Philosophy to both existing and prospective clients. In addition to his role as a Relationship Manager, Sam oversees the qualified plan process from the outset to implementation by partnering with Plan Sponsors, Third Party Administrators, and Plan Record-Keepers. Sam ensures that our clients are provided with the highest level of care while holding the fiduciary standard as outlined by ERISA. Sam’s passion is centered around guiding clients toward sound retirement savings strategies, developing accurate financial plans, and serving his clients as their trusted financial partner and resource. He also holds the designations of Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Retirement Plans Specialist℠. Prior to joining Old North State Trust, Sam worked as an investment analyst with a national investment and retirement planning firm in Richmond, VA. As a former certified PGA Golf Professional, Sam enjoys the comradery of golfing and teaching others the benefit of building lasting relationships on and off the course.
As Marketing Director, Alyce works to develop, budget, and implement marketing plans, which include advertising, coordination of conferences, special events, and development and maintenance of marketing materials. She also oversees the company’s website, in-house articles, and fostering community initiatives within the organization. Alyce received a BS degree in Interior Design from East Carolina University with a concentration in Business Administration and obtained her teaching certification from UNCW.