Meet Our Team

Ryan M. Verdery, AIF®

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Ryan is the son of a retired military officer and has referred to much of the U.S. as home. Following in a noble family tradition, Ryan followed with a military career of his own, serving in the U.S. Army as a member of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf ’s Command Staff while stationed with the 24th Infantry Division (Mech) during the 1980’s and is the proud recipient of The Army Commendation Medal. Since leaving the military, Ryan and his wife settled in Cary, NC, where they reside with their two sons.

Ryan began his career in the financial services industry in 1997 and began to narrow his focus on retirement plans the following year. He is committed to his role as a co-fiduciary and has received the AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary) designation. Ryan is responsible for consulting employers with respect to fiduciary best practices, plan design assistance and employee education. The leadership skills Ryan obtained from serving with General Schwarzkopf are applied with the same rigorous amount of discipline to the employer sponsored retirement plan fiduciary processes.

Ryan studied Managerial Economics at Carnegie Mellon University. An outdoorsman at heart, he enjoys various aspects of extended wilderness treks. Through much experience Ryan has become a proficient marksman and skilled scuba diver.

Managing Director

Gary Weeks, AIF®

Retirement Consultant

Gary is a Retirement Consultant at LPL Financial. He helps advisors and their teams with many aspects throughout the retirement plan process. Some of the tools he brings advisors are industry support, benchmarking reports, fee analysis, fund review, and regulatory updates. Gary graduated from California Polytech State University and joined LPL Financial in October 2013.

Chad Griffith, CRPC®

LPL Financial Advisor

Chad began his career as a Financial Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors, now Ameriprise Financial, in late 2003. Before joining American Express, Chad worked as a Change Management Consultant in Healthcare Management Solutions in London, UK and Durham, NC. 

Chad is committed to working with his clients and their families to form lasting relationships built on principles of trust, integrity, and understanding. He is able to help his clients, which consist of individuals, families, and small businesses.

Originally from Lexington, NC, Chad is a graduate of the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has a beautiful wife, Caroline Hope Griffith, who works for Non-Profits focused on Global Health Initiatives (primarily HIV/AIDS issues in Africa). His interests include world travel, sports (especially UNC Basketball and golf), reading, musicals, laughter, and hanging out with family and friends.

Strategic Partners

Gary Weeks, John F. McAulay and Chad Griffith are not affiliated with Summit Retirement Partners.