Dustin Hall MBA, CFP®, ChFC®

Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer

As Chief Investment Officer, he is responsible for developing the firm’s macro-economic forecast, asset allocation and individual security selection, as well as implementing the “Advance & Protect” investment strategy.

As a Wealth Advisor, Dustin serves as his clients’ personal CFO by effectively managing all aspects of their financial affairs through the seamless integration and coordination of their investment, financial, tax and estate plans.  Dustin has extensive experience working with corporate executives and has a deep understanding of the intricacies and complexities of equity compensation.

Before founding Hall & Burns Wealth Management, he was an investment advisor representative, along with co-founder Kathy Burns, at ING Financial Network Investment Corporation.  Prior to that, he held investment positions with several financial firms, including Wachovia Bank. He earned his BA with honors from East Carolina University, which he attended on a tennis scholarship, and also completed his MA in Business Administration.  In 2007, Dustin successfully met the standards required by the CFP Board, including completing the education and examination requirements, and became a CFP® practitioner,  (making him one of the youngest in the nation at that time.)  He also holds the ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant) professional designation from the American College.

Dustin has been featured in a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal Online, News & Observer, and Triangle Business Leader.  In 2010, he was named one of the Triangle’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs by Business Leader Magazine.

Dustin lives with his wife Cara, and their Welsh Corgi Webster, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He enjoys Duke basketball, reading, fishing and playing tennis.

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Kathy Burns CPA, PFS


Kathy Burns, CPA/PFS is Co-Founder of Hall & Burns Wealth Management and leads the tax planning and estate planning specialties of the firm.  With over 20 years of in-depth tax and financial experience, Kathy provides broad-based financial planning advice to both individuals and businesses.  Her deep understanding of income taxes has enabled her to create customized strategies for AMT mitigation, exercising employee stock options, and retirement plan distributions for clients of the firm. She currently holds the Series 7, 63 and 65 securities registrations through LPL Financial. 

Before founding Hall & Burns Wealth Management, Kathy founded Kathy Burns, CPA, PA in 1998. In 2004, she merged with Lanny Bynum, CPA, PA forming BURNS & BYNUM, CPA, PA, which she managed for several years, experiencing significant growth and success. Earlier in her career she was the Director of Corporate Tax, Planning and Budgeting at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and Tax Manager at RSM McGladrey.  Kathy is a graduate of East Carolina University and is very involved in various community activities.    She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Cary Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Morrisville Rotary Club, and is the Past Chair for the Cary Chamber of Commerce and Past President of the Morrisville Rotary.  In 2011, she was the recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business Award and Business Leader Magazine’s Women Extraordinaire Award.

Cara Hall

Director of First Impressions

Cara Hall is responsible for making sure all of our clients feel special and have an enjoyable experience with our firm.  She has a genuine interest in others and loves coming up with special touches and ways to surprise our clients throughout the year.  Cara is also in charge of planning and coordinating numerous client events throughout the year.

Prior to joining Hall & Burns Wealth Management, Cara worked as a Registered Nurse for numerous healthcare providers and hospitals, including both Duke and Rex-UNC.

Outside of work, you can find Cara spending quality time with her family, including her husband Dustin and their daughter Ava.  She is passionate about all animals but is most well known for being a Corgi fanatic. She currently has two Corgis, Jax & Ellie (but would love to have more).  She also enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends.

Marty Monahan

Chief Financial Officer

Marty Monahan serves as CFO for the Hall & Burns Wealth Management team.  He provides actionable insights based on financial analysis and strategic planning to help drive practice innovation and growth.  

Marty’s financial services career spans over 15 years. He has worked as an advisor in both the Wirehouse and RIA environment. During that time he served on the management team that brought two struggling field offices to the top of the company nationally prior to being the Chief Operating Officer of an RIA in the Charlotte area. His intellectual curiosity, analytical inclination and industry acumen enable him to address your business needs.

Marty received a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA from Winthrop University. He is FINRA Series 7, 63, & 66 registered through LPL and maintains the Certified Financial Planner® designation. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Professional® and Six Sigma Champion Certified ™.

Originally from the northeast, Marty now resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina with his wife, Alison, and his son, Bentley. While his greatest enjoyment comes from spending time with his family, he also loves sports, gardening, learning and the outdoors.

Marty Monahan is an LPL employee and is part of the CFO solutions program that supports multiple advisor's businesses.