Our Team



Don G. Stamas, Founding Partner and CEO. As a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), Don has served as Chairman on the board of the Charlotte Estate Planning Council and as Director of the Charlotte Financial Planning Symposium. Don and his wife Kathryn have two daughters and a grandson.

“I simply say it’s an opportunity to “love people to be their best.”  This personal mission statement permeates all facets of my life.”

Email: DS@defendercapital.us   Phone: 704-373-1716

John D. Stamas, Founding Partner and CIO. Before co-founding Defender Capital, John was a vice president with Oppenheimer & Co. in New York City. John and his wife Elizabeth have two sons.

“I love learning about successful companies; and, by owning a basket of them, I truly believe it goes a long way towards helping clients sleep at night and not outlive their money.”

Email: JS@defendercapital.us   Phone: 704-737-8293

Tom Worth III, Partner, is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), who develops and manages client relationships. Tom joined Defender Capital in 2014 and has been working with high net worth families for two decades. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Tom and his wife Lawson, also a NC native, have lived in Charlotte since the mid-1990s where they are raising their two children.

“One of my greatest joys in life is to feel that I am of use to someone else; whether it be a problem solver, an encourager, mentor or just a listener.”

Email: TW@defendercapital.us   Phone: 704-965-3001

E.J. Rabell, Jr., Partner, is responsible for developing and managing client relationships. E.J. worked at Defender Capital from 2006-2014 before stepping away to co-found a digital marketing startup focused on helping nonprofits. He also served as a Private Client Banker at J.P. Morgan Chase before returning to Defender in 2021. He and his wife Laura, reside in Nashville, TN.

“I love connecting with people, asking great questions, listening intently, and looking for ways to add value. I believe everyone has something unique to offer, and it’s my passion to help others reach for and achieve their life’s goals.”

Email: ER@defendercapital.us   Phone: 704-960-0238

Patrick Walsh, MBA, Partner, is the co-manager for Defender Capital’s private investment accounts and hedge fund (Defender Capital Partners). Patrick began his career with Defender Capital in 2014, joined a healthcare consulting firm from 2019-2021, and returned to Defender Capital in 2021. Patrick and his wife Emily reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“I aim to learn about successful businesses, to discover valuable investments, and to communicate those opportunities effectively to the families we humbly serve.”

Email: PW@defendercapital.us   Phone: 949-466-4236

Chris Wilson, Associate, focuses on transcendent service to ensure client needs are met in a timely and careful manner. Before joining Defender Capital, Chris was employed at UBS. Chris and his wife, Jenna, are enjoying life as new parents to their new baby girl.

        “I define success by the lasting impact on others. My primary objective is to connect people to their personal and professional aspirations.”

Email: CW@defendercapital.us  Phone: 704-942-8617