Leadership

JD Gardner | Founder

JD Gardner, CFA, CMT founded Aptus in 2013 to attack the behavior gap. With simplicity as a discipline, Aptus is designed to help merge theory with reality. An investor’s return is more important than an investment’s return, and Aptus delivers solutions designed to minimize behavioral inefficiencies and enhance outcomes.

JD holds undergrad and graduate degrees from Wright State University. He lives in L.A. (of course that means Lower Alabama) in Fairhope with his wife Mallory and their 4 kids (JJ, Luke, Mims, & Silas)

John Goldsberry | Facilitator

John joined the Aptus team in 2014, excited about the opportunity to build out an innovative ETF business capable of helping advisors deliver efficient market exposure to their clients. With a front row seat to one of the fastest growing RIA and ETF Issuers in the Southeast, John has been fortunate to gain unique perspective and experience in business and ETF operations.

John was born and raised in Vandalia, Ohio, went to college at the beach in Wilmington, North Carolina and then spent 8 years playing professional basketball in Germany. He now resides on the Gulf Coast of Alabama with his wife Lindsay and their 4 kids (Jackson, Kennedy, Laney Kate and Maggie)

Beckham Wyrick | Chief Compliance Officer

Beckham Wyrick joined Aptus Capital Advisors in 2016 and serves as Chief Compliance Officer and Portfolio Manager. He is passionate about finding solutions at the business and portfolio level to further enhance the value proposition of Aptus’ advisory partners and their clients. Beckham is currently a Level II candidate in the CFA Program.

Beckham attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he was also a member of the men’s basketball team. He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Beckham currently resides in Fairhope, Alabama with his wife, Johanna and their two children, Ada and Henri.

Derek Hernquist | Head of Advisor Experience

Derek is obsessed with helping advisors bring unique value to their clients and business. With 25 years of living and breathing financial markets, he brings an entrepreneurial mindset to every discussion and looks for ways to help advisors streamline their investment design and delivery.

He graduated with honors in 1992, with a BS in Finance from The University of Arizona. He lives in Charlotte, NC and stays active in youth sports with his wife Pam, son Dylan, and daughter Anna.

Will Gardner

Will joined the Aptus team in 2018 with a focus on process management to help ensure continued high-quality service to a growing network of Advisors. Prior to joining Aptus, Will spent time as a systems engineer on Redstone Arsenal before transitioning to the private sector focusing on operational process improvement.

Will graduated with a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama Huntsville. He currently lives in Birmingham with his wife Mary and their 4 kids (Jackson, Sam, Reed, & Ben).