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Operating with a Longstanding Commitment to the Wellbeing of Our Clients


Our clients are driven people who have worked diligently for their success, whether through their profession or their own business. Our role as your advisor is to coordinate the right financial moves to continue building on this success for years—and generations—to come.

At Shades Creek Wealth Advisors, we are not just your advisor but your steadfast advocate. We consider our clients to be like friends and family. This is why our team enjoys working tirelessly to carefully identify and execute custom solutions that safeguard your family, your business and your future.


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Hamilton Poynor, CLU®, AEP®

President

Hamilton Poynor, CLU®, AEP®

President

HPoynor@shadescreekwealthadvisors.com



Ham comes from a family that's been in the financial industry since 1934. As a third-generation financial advisor, he’s witnessed his own family members work closely with fellow families over the years to secure their financial health. Serving others is a value Ham has grown up with and is dedicated to living out in his work. 

For experienced investors and private business owners, finances can bring about both great rewards but also great complexity. Ham is intimately familiar with the challenges and opportunities that successful individuals and their families face. Together with a team that mirrors his own values, Shades Creek Wealth Advisors guides professionals and entrepreneurs through important issues of growing and preserving wealth—and planning for successful business continuity. 

Ham founded Shades Creek Wealth Advisors, an independent wealth management and financial planning firm, to serve as a true financial advocate, point person and partner for his clients. He considers the deep-rooted relationships with his clients to be one of the most rewarding parts of his work. Ham looks forward to many more years of partnering with inspiring individuals to connect their finances with their deepest values and life ambitions. 

Previously, Ham served as a partner with Reliance Financial Group and as a Regional Sales Manager with First Protective, a wholly owned subsidiary of Protective Life Corporation. He began his financial services career with New York Life.

Ham and his wife Kim have three sons, Mills, Cain and Crawford. They enjoy football, golf, tennis, fishing, hunting and dirt bike riding. They also love spending time with family and friends on Lake Martin.

Education & Designations

  • BS in economics, Auburn University
  • Chartered Life Underwriter
  • Accredited Estate Planner

Community Involvement

  • Past president of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham
  • Member of the Million Dollar Round Table
  • Member of Monday Morning Quarterback Club
  • Member of Sunrise Rotary Birmingham
  • Board member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Foundation.
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Gina Nickles Hunt

Executive Assistant

Gina Nickles Hunt

Executive Assistant

GHunt@shadescreekwealthadvisors.com



Gina Nickles Hunt joined the firm January 6, 2020 as Executive Assistant. 

In 2005, Gina graduated cum laude from the School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. During her time at UAB, Gina was a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

In her free time, Gina enjoys volunteering in her community, practicing hot yoga, and reading true crime narratives.


Education & Designations

  • BS in business management, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Community Involvement

  • Member of Protective Pacesetters Toastmasters International Club; formerly served as VP of Public Relations
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Robert Maglione

Technology Analyst & Financial Advisor

Robert Maglione

Technology Analyst & Financial Advisor

RMaglione@shadescreekwealthadvisors.com



Robert joined Shades Creek Wealth Advisors in 2020. Robert is a graduate of Troy University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance. Originally from South Florida, he and his wife Cameron live in Birmingham. Outside of work, Robert enjoys watching sports, playing golf, hunting and enjoying the company of friends.

Education & Designations

  • BS in finance, Troy University
  • Series 65: Uniform Investment Advisor License
  • Series 7: General Securities Representative
  • CFA Level I Candidate
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Ivan Truss, CFA

Financial Advisor


Ivan Truss, CFA

Financial Advisor

Itruss@shadescreekwealthadvisors.com


To develop an investment strategy that utilizes resources efficiently, it is critical to consider the wide range of available investment products, asset classes and opportunities. Ivan is focused on understanding clients’ desires and developing investment strategies designed to achieve these objectives. He is passionate about providing clients the comfort of knowing there is a plan in place designed specifically for their individual goals and risk tolerance.

Ivan previously worked for Brasfield & Gorrie in the Corporate Strategy & Investments Group where he performed research on both traditional and alternative investment opportunities, including private equity, private debt, real estate, venture capital and traditional asset classes. He began his career with Regions Asset Management.

 Ivan enjoys playing golf, traveling to national parks with his family and spending time with his wife, Julia, and their two dogs, Pepper and Gus.

Education & Designations

  • BS in finance, Samford University
  • CFA Charterholder

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Jimmie Hale Mission Young Professionals Board
  • Member of the CFA Society of Alabama