Your Team


Your HMC Partners team is an experienced group of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals who are one hundred percent committed to serving the complete financial needs of each and every client.


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Your Team


A. Gib McEachran

Inspired by an early desire to be a teacher and coach, and by someone who touched him deeply, Gib McEachran saw the financial industry as an opportunity to help, to educate and to coach people towards futures that were more prepared, and more independent. “My father, who was a very intelligent man, knew absolutely nothing about investing or finances in general. If this intelligent, successful man didn’t understand money, then there had to be a whole lot of people out there who needed honest, trustworthy guidance.”

In the work he does, Gib most enjoys seeing the fruits of his labor. He sees his clients’ dreams helped toward reality through planning and investment strategy. These realities may be retirement, travel, renovations, or gifts to family. Equally as important, he has helped clients when faced with life’s unexpected challenges such as job loss, illness, or loss of a loved one.  He has helped make these situations less stressful because finances are in order.

Gib specializes in Wealth Management for clients using a proactive approach that seeks to take advantage of market opportunities, while mitigating losses in difficult times. He and John Hardy have co-hosted “Your Money Matters” on WSJS 600AM for the past 20 years. Both Gib and John have also appeared for more than 15 years on WGHP FOX 8 as a co-host during their “Your Turn” segments.

Gib is a Registered Representative with LPL Financial and an Investment Advisor Representative with Independent Advisor Alliance. He is the past president for the Greenhill Center for NC Art; past president of the Paladin Club for Furman University; past president of the Triad’s Alumni Association; past Board Treasurer of the Weatherspoon Art Museum; and was a Class of 1997 graduate of Leadership Greensboro.

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Gib graduated from Furman University with a Bachelors’ of Science degree in History in 1983. In 1996, he was inducted into Furman’s Athletic “Hall of Fame” where he is also a member of the Advisory Board to the University’s President.

A great lover of the outdoors, Gib balances his seasonal activities which include cycling and hunting waterfowl. He resides in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is the father of two grown children, Mary Parke and Gibbs.

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John W. Hardy, Jr.

John has always liked the concept of numbers and economics, and desired a career that would allow him to match that with his passion to interact with helping others improve their lives. “The financial industry has allowed me to create a company of great people, to work with a wonderful partner, and to interact with fantastic clients to help them pursue their goals. It is why I help created this company and come to work each day.”

John has been assisting clients with asset management, wealth building, and income generation for more than 35 years. One of two managing partners in HMC Partners, he specializes in the management of client investments. He has consistently managed his client’s assets through recessions, bull runs, financial crisis, and national tragedies. In addition, John holds seminars and provides educational events for institutions, civic groups and other organizations on money management and investment topics. John started the radio show “Money Matters,” which he co-hosts with Gib McEachran, over 20 years ago on WSJS 600/1200 AM. He also appeared with Gib for more than 15 years on WGHP FOX 8 as a co-host during their “Your Turn” segments.

Native to Greensboro, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lenoir Rhyne College in 1979. He is a Registered Representative with LPL Financial and Investment Advisor Representative with Independent Advisor Alliance (IAA).

Personally, John has served as a deacon, finance committee member, personnel chair, and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church. He is past-president of the local Salvation Army Board where he served for nine years. He is also one of the key founders of the Western Guilford High School and Page High School men’s varsity lacrosse teams, & a graduate of the Leadership Greensboro Program.

Owning a farm outside of Elkin, in the foothills of North Carolina, provides John an outlet for his love of the outdoors. Whether he is on his tractor plowing or bush hogging, tending his garden, fly-fishing, or duck hunting, he treasures these experiences for the connection to quality people and places. A perfect quiet moment will find John sitting under the chimes on the farm or under the old walnut tree. Connections with quality people also mean time spent with his wife Christy of 38 years, their children Beth and William, their four grandchildren, Liam, Jake, Hardy, and Wyatt, or the couple’s great dogs, Samson and Skeeter.

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Karen Taylor
Director of Client Operations

Karen Taylor has gained a wealth of knowledge throughout her second career in the financial services industry.  She transitioned from a design consultant career to the financial services industry.  Karen has worked as a financial advisor, a compliance professional, and in client service roles.  “As Director of Client Operations at HMC, my goal is to be an advocate for every client regardless of what season or life stage they are in.  Working as an ambassador for our firm, my desire is to develop our associates to best meet our client’s unique needs.  My focus is team development, refining our processes and procedures, and motivating others to achieve their full potential.” 

Karen joined the HMC family in the fall of 2018.   Karen is Series 7, 24, 53, 51 and 63 securities registered through LPL Financial. She also holds her North Carolina Life and Health Insurance License.  She is a LPL Financial Registered Administrative Associate.  Karen is a key leader in the firm heading up overall client operations and is eager to meet and help our clients.

Originally from Kernersville, Karen lived in Pittsburgh for six years, but has found herself back at home in Winston-Salem where she lives with her husband Brian.  She is a graduate of Salem College with a degree in Art and Interior Design.  Karen is an avid Steelers fan, and in her spare time enjoys reading historical fiction, creating works of art through watercolor and mixed media, supporting charities and her church ministries, and spending time with family and friends. 

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Elisabeth “Lizz” Sanders

Elisabeth Sanders has always found the financial industry, its complex details, intricacies and moving parts to be fascinating. “This career is both fulfilling and meaningful. I am able to pass on and share with clients the things I have learned being in the financial industry, and in doing so, I can help them pursue their various goals and objectives.”

Lizz joined the HMC family with three years of experience as an LPL registered administrative associate, and more than ten years of customer service experience. Elisabeth is Series 7 securities registered through LPL Financial. She also holds her Series 66 securities registration through LPL Financial and Independent Advisor Alliance. She previously worked as a paralegal for three and a half years in Charlotte, North Carolina before moving back to the triad. She is a LPL Financial Registered Administrative Associate.

Lizz grew up in Kernersville, North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in English. Her customer service experience began in college as an employee of the campus UREC center. She later transitioned to various other opportunities, such as a flight attendant and assisting clients for a beverage manufacturing company in Woodstock, GA. She later obtained her paralegal certification at Guilford College and worked for an insurance defense law firm.

Currently, Lizz is living in High Point with her dalmatian, Bingley.  She enjoys spending time with my family and friends, working out, reading, and playing the piano.

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Jessica Chatmon has been interested in the financial industry for many years.  She has made planning for her future a priority and has had the desire to learn more about how to do so.  Through this process she discovered that she wanted to help others do the same.   “I enjoy working with and helping people work towards their goals.  I find it very rewarding to be able to work with clients to help them through all the ups and downs life sends their way.”

Jessica is the newest member to join the HMC family. She came to us with two years of experience in the financial industry, previously as a financial advisor as well as a registered service associate.   Before entering the Financial services Industry, she worked in healthcare and customer service.   Jessica is Series 7 securities registered through LPL Financial. She also holds her Series 66 securities registration through LPL Financial and Independent Advisor Alliance and holds her North Carolina Life and Health Insurance License.  She is a LPL Financial Registered Administrative Associate.  Jessica is key member of our client service team and is eager to meet and help our clients.

Jessica grew up in New York and moved to North Carolina in high school, when her father’s job was relocated.  She is a graduate of UNC Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  She currently resides in Greensboro with her husband, Jay.  Jessica and Jay welcomed their first child, Juliana, in August of 2017.  Being a new mom, Juliana, consumes most of Jessica’s free time these days, but she also enjoys getting outside and spending time with my family and friends.  


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Susan Slaughter
Client Service Specialist

Susan joins the HMC Team with 20+ years of experience in the client service field.   “I stared in the business by accident.  I was placed into a position by a temp agency and loved it so much I have made a career out of working in Financial Services!  I just love doing whatever it takes to keep the client happy.” 

 Susan’s wealth of experience spans from servicing trust account to working with the investment arm of a regional bank to working with individual advisor groups.  She has a passion for client service and is looking forward to meeting and working with the clients of HMC.

 In her spare time, Susan enjoys spending time with family.  She has two grown children and four grandchildren that keep her busy!  In the summertime she enjoys spending time at the beach with family and friends.  She has resided in High Point with her husband for over 25 years and loves the area.


Julia Pfenning
Office Coordinator

From her upbringing in South Africa, to her advanced studies in Europe, Julia Pfenning has a world of experiences that she brings to us at HMC Partners. She started her career as an executive assistant, has owned her own interior design company, and most recently held a key role at the Greensboro Day School for eight years.  “I have a strong a background in interior design and academia, but really every industry has to have financial roots so it is both interesting and horizon broadening to be working for a financial services company.”

We are excited to have Julia as a part of our team at HMC Partners.  She will be the voice that greets you when you call our office.  She is who to reach when requesting an appointment and handles our office management.

Outside of the office, Julia is an avid “foodie” who enjoys trying new restaurants as well as new recipes to make at home.  She is dedicated to fitness, attending a daily boot camp class.  Julia has a love for all creatures…especially sloths!  She has three grown children, with whom she loves to spend her time.  Julia resides in Greensboro.