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Colin Powell

Sean Cook

Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

Sean Cook serves as the firm’s Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Compliance Officer.  As such, he oversees firm-wide operations, portfolio management and compliance functions.  He also chairs the firm’s Investment Committee and manages several larger client relationships.  Sean is a past member of Schwab Advisory’s Technology Board.

Prior to his career in wealth management, Sean held management consulting roles with Deloitte Consulting and Index Consulting (later CSC Index Consulting), focusing in areas such as financial management, organizational design and business process innovation.  He also worked as a strategy consultant for Cresap Consulting (now Towers Watson, a global benefits and HR consulting firm) and held programming and technology integration roles with Hewlett Packard and SMS Data Products, where he supported the research and statistics functions of the United States Federal Reserve.  Sean holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina with a dual major in finance and management science.  While at the University of South Carolina he was elected to membership in The Phi Beta Kappa Society. 

Charlie Douglas, J.D., CFP®, AEP®, CAP®

Partner, Director of Wealth Planning

Charlie Douglas oversees the firm’s planning department and has over 30 years of experience in guiding affluent clients in growing, protecting and transferring their wealth.  He also serves on the firm’s Investment Committee.  Charlie has demonstrable expertise in financial, estate, corporate, tax and charitable planning.

Before joining Cedar Rowe Partners, Charlie held senior positions at the Private Bank at Wells Fargo, as well as at various law firms and financial planning practices. The author of two books, Awaken the American Dream and Rich Where It Counts, Charlie has established himself as an expert in values-based planning and strategies for helping high net worth families pass on a principled legacy.

A board member of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC), Charlie is the past editor of the NAEPC Journal of Estate and Tax Planning and is the current chair of the Multi-Disciplinary Teaming Committee.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia’s Fiduciary Law Section, and a board member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council.

Charlie holds a Juris Doctor degree from Case Western University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Miami University.

Charlie is a frequent lecturer for several professional organizations as well as a contributor and commentator to such national publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNBC, Investment News, Kiplinger and Forbes.

Bob Pennington

Partner, Director of Marketing and Business Development

Bob Pennington serves as the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development and is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic plans for the growth of the firm’s wealth advisory practice. He also serves on the firm’s Investment Committee.

Before joining Cedar Rowe, Bob served as President of Buckhead Investment Partners; Managing Director, Business Development and Client Services, at MONTAG; and Managing Director, President and CEO of Willis Investment Counsel.  Prior to transitioning to a career in investment and wealth management, he served as Vice President, Institutional Advancement, at Emory University, and was a partner in the Capital Transactions and Real Estate Group at the international law firm of King & Spalding, where his practice of 20 years involved nationally- and internationally-based experience in commercial real estate and capital transactions (including public and private debt and equity financing), corporate law, and related practice areas.

Bob holds an Associate of Arts degree from Oxford College of Emory University, a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Emory College of Arts & Sciences, an MBA (concentration in corporate finance) from Emory’s Goizueta Business School, and a Juris Doctor degree from Emory Law School. In addition to serving Emory in a variety of volunteer capacities, he serves on the Board of Directors of Athletes for a Better World and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals.