Steve Coggins, AIF®

Chief Investment Officer

As Chief Investment Officer, Steve is the Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee which is responsible for developing, executing and monitoring investment strategy for clients. Steve also manages the firm’s retirement plan advisory division. An Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, Steve is a frequent speaker on financial topics, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal as well as local and national publications on financial planning and investment issues.

Steve graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was formerly a Senior Vice President with First Citizens Bank and was also with what is now Wells Fargo Advisors. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cape Fear Area United Way and the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum. Steve and his wife Allison have four children.

David R. Hartness


Chief Client Officer

David’s primary focus at IronGate is serving the firm’s private wealth clients. He is a Certified Financial Planner® practitioner, Chartered Life Underwriter®, and Accredited Investment Fiduciary®. Working with staff and outside professionals such as attorneys and CPA’s, David oversees the firm’s financial planning division, and is integrally involved in the Investment and Risk Management functions in order to provide a seamless experience for clients.

David is a native of Fayetteville and graduated from Wake Forest University. Prior to IronGate he was with First Union and American Express. David currently serves on the UNCW Foundation Board, is the Past President of the New Hanover County Estate Planning Council, and has served in various other capacities with Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, and the United Way. David and His wife Susie have three sons.

Chris Jones, CFP®, AIF®

Chief Operating Officer

Chris oversees the day-to-day operations of IronGate, including accounting, compliance and legal. As a Certified Financial Planner® practitioner and Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, Chris oversees the risk management division of IronGate and also adds expertise in advanced estate planning and asset protection strategies for the firm’s business owners and executive clients. Chris has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Chris graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to IronGate, he worked with two regional Broker/Dealer firms and later MassMutual Financial Group. Chris is a member of the UNCW Board of Visitors, is active in Rotary International and the Cameron Executive Network Student Mentor Program. Chris currently serves on the Wilmington Children’s Museum Board of Directors and the Investment Committee of IMAF Cape Fear. Previously, he served as the President of the Wilmington Civitan Club and is a former member of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Chris and his wife Carrie have two sons.