With over a half century of combined financial experience, Waldrop-Hamblen Wealth Management integrates rigorous, weathered knowledge with future-oriented curiosity. Waldrop-Hamblen serves clients with diligence, care and a well-honed focus on this rapidly evolving landscape.
With longevity sustained through foundational values, we gauge our success by earning our clients’ trust and cultivating a strong partnership bridging one generation to the next. Whether you find yourself setting out on the first leg of a journey to financial health or entering the complex frontier of retirement, Waldrop-Hamblen provides enduring guidance that will serve you over your lifetime.
For more than 30 years, Al Waldrop has devoted his energy, passion and extensive industry knowledge to caring for the needs of those who desire a skilled hand and trustworthy voice to help them make wise, future-oriented financial decisions. Discontent with business models where the investment professional provides only transactional proficiency, Al has created a wealth management firm where investment expertise forges the possibility for long-term, multi-generational relationships and holistic financial guidance. Al’s great joy is when clients become friends.
A mentor at heart, Al finds motivation in the desire to put his resources to work aiding others toward fulfilling their truest hopes, whether protecting a family against an uncertain future or implementing a long, joyful season of retirement. For those who have little desire or margin for navigating the complexities inherent in preparing for a healthy financial future, Al relieves the burden and offers sage guidance. Though his firm enjoys a steady history of success, Al believes the focus must remain fixed on loyalty and integrity, always tending to the particular aspirations and unique stories of every friend he serves.
Building strong communities and advocating for others’ wellbeing has remained a center theme of Al’s life. Al has served on the board of the McNeilly Center for Children (a non-profit working to alleviate the achievement gap for low-income families), the Downtown Nashville Rotary Club, the YMCA and the Brentwood Academy Parents Association. Al has also served as a deacon for Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Al graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in political science and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). Married for 29 years, Al and his wife Laura have four sons and enjoy their deep roots in the community of Brentwood. For years, Al’s favorite pastime was watching his boys play football, now you’ll find Al hiking into the woods, playing a round of golf or occasionally working the blues on his Blonde Fender Stratocaster guitar.
During his years at Belmont University and in the minors with the Kansas City Royals, Derek left his mark on the diamond not with charm but with grit and tenacity. Driven by loyalty to his teammates, Derek thrived on the long grind, season after season. Now, Derek brings that relentless determination and ingrained sense of responsibility to his financial practice. Committed to a robust knowledge of this constantly evolving industry, for nearly a decade Derek has delivered the expertise necessary to walk alongside his clients through the complexities and joys of each stage of life.
For Derek, establishing a wealth management firm means so much more than merely building a business. This work allows Derek to put his persistence and commitment to integrity into the service of others. Rather than simply pushing a product or providing a canned answer to a multifaceted life situation, Derek forges meaningful relationships, learning each distinctive story and crafting holistic, personalized guidance.
Derek graduated from Belmont University with a degree in business administration and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP). Derek and his wife Alexis have a daughter, Peyton Isabelle, and live in Nashville. When not in the office, you can find Derek volunteering in the youth ministry at Grace Church Nashville, buried under a pile of books (mostly history and sports non-fiction) and watching Tennessee Vols football.
If you need an answer to a complex problem or you need someone to walk you through the weeds of intricate account issues, Stephanie finds genuine joy in rolling up her sleeves and stepping into the fray. Where others see a mired web of confusion, Stephanie sees an opportunity to discover clarity. Where others implement an inefficient or impersonal transaction, Stephanie pursues energetic precision and relational synergy.
For more than 15 years, Stephanie grew through the ranks of a variety of specialized financial firms. Through this layered immersion, she developed a wide scope of expertise allowing her an expansive vision of Waldrop-Hamblen’s objectives while also maintaining a keen eye to meticulous accuracy. From her time with UBS Financial Services, Inc., Laffer Investments (a macroeconomic asset manager) and Capital Trust Wealth Management, Stephanie gleaned comprehensive experience that she brings to each client relationship.
Stephanie graduated from Harding University with a degree in marketing. In addition to her Life and Health Insurance license, Stephanie holds her Series 7, Series 63 and is a Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP). With their two young boys Mads and Leo, Stephanie and her husband Ricky live in Mt. Juliet where they dream of traveling and adventure as soon as they have a spare moment.
Energized by rigorous challenges and the opportunity to foster deep-rooted relationships, Austin thrives when he’s set loose to pursue the broad knowledge that has prepared him to serve as a staunch and diligent advocate for his clients. Austin insists on collaboration and trustworthiness, always pushing toward the emerging edges and best practices, always asking what his clients need in order to succeed. Austin’s relentless desire to absorb the financial industry from the inside out pushed him to explore diverse aspects of the market. After working for 21st Mortgage and Regions Financial Corporation, Austin gathered all this expertise and found his home at Waldrop-Hamblen.
Austin graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in finance. He is a registered Life and Health Insurance agent, specializing in life, disability and long-term care insurance. In addition, he holds his Series 7 and Series 63. Austin lives in White House where you’ll find him pacing the room during Vols and Titans games, then calming down by taking laps in the pool or casting a line into the river.
A familiar face is back with the WALDROP-HAMBLEN WEALTH MANAGEMENT team! After a brief stint in the stunning wine country of Sonoma, California, Emma returned to her hometown of Chattanooga and re-joined the team, completing the missing piece of the puzzle. Emma’s assuredness and poise is a calming presence that serves her clients well. Continuing in a role she loves, Emma guides her clients through the underwriting process with aplomb and provides first-rate service to existing policyowners. Whether applying for life, disability, or long-term care insurance, or navigating the workings of your policies, you can count on Emma’s attentiveness and sincere and focused hand to shepherd you.
Emma is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, where she earned a B.A. in Art History and Latin. She is a registered Life and Health Insurance agent; she also holds her Series 7 and Series 63 registrations. Emma and her husband Colby live in Chattanooga where you’re likely to find them spending quality time with their two dogs, Rocco and Mr. Peanut Butter.