Our Team



Don G. Stamas, Founding Partner and CEO.  As a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), Don has served 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

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