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When Experience Counts

Welcome to Emerald Asset Management

Emerald Asset Management, Inc. is a boutique Registered Investment Advisory Firm serving the investment and planning needs of Families, Individual Investors and Businesses.  We believe that a solid financial planning process, combined with sound investment strategies and proper risk management is the key to financial success.

Fiduciary Duty

In the financial services industry there are two separate standards of client care. They are known as the Suitability Rule and the Fiduciary Standard. The Suitability Rule only requires an advisor to make recommendations to his or her client that are suitable for that investor. There is no requirement under the Suitability Rule that requires the advisor to put the client’s best interest before that of the advisor or the investment firm.


As a Registered Investment Adviser under the North Carolina Investment Advisers Act, Emerald Asset Management, Inc. is a fiduciary in all of our advisory relationships.  This means that by law, we are required to put your best interests before ours.  Because we are an independent employee owned firm, we are able to act in the interests of our most important stakeholder – the client. In our view, this is what sets EAM apart from traditional brokerage firms, banks and insurance companies. Please review the CFA Statement of Investor Rights for more information.

James Tharin

President | Chief Investment Officer

James has over 30 years of experience in fundamental and technical analysis of equity and fixed income securities. He applies his extensive investment management expertise in serving the needs of high-net-worth clients, serving clients in successful careers and businesses. His primary goal is to help his clients become better investors by understanding their tolerance for financial risk and making rational investment decisions based on realistically achievable goals. He is highly skilled in the security selection, including individual equity and fixed income investments.


Before founding Emerald Asset Management, Inc. in 2013, James served his clients by providing financial advice and by managing investment portfolios for 22 years at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. His primary responsibilities were developing and implementing investment strategies, investment policy statements and financial plans for retail clients, businesses and charitable organizations. He managed multiple discretionary portfolio strategies that could be customized and combined to help meet the unique preferences and needs of each individual client.


He earned his B.A. in Business Management from North Carolina State University, and earned a certificate in Financial Modeling and Valuation with Excel from Wall Street Prep, a global investment banking training firm. He is a CFA Charterholder and has served as treasurer, secretary, governance chair and board member of the CFA Society North Carolina. Locally, he has served as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount, a board member of Reach Out Rocky Mount and as  president of the Tar River Kiwanis Club.  He has served on the Board of Adjustments for the City of Rocky Mount and currently serves on the Rocky Mount Planning Board.  James is a native of Rocky Mount, where he lives with his wife, Kate, and his children, Mari Robin and Frances.

Lisa Ingram

Vice President | Operations

Lisa supports and cultivates relationships with our clients and assists our team with technology, compliance, and investment analysis. She wants our clients to experience the comfort of knowing that their financial needs are cared for by a team of professionals they can trust and who feel like family.


Before joining our team, Lisa worked with her husband in their family business, Ingram Construction Company of Rocky Mount, where she handled client relations, scheduling, budgeting and marketing.


Earlier in her career, she served as an independent sales representative for Jostens and an analyst for Andersen Consulting in Charlotte, where she worked as an analyst in the financial segment. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in textile management from North Carolina State University.

James Tharin, CFA is a Chartered Financial Analyst.  The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is a globally respected, graduate-level investment credential established in 1962 and awarded by CFA Institute — the largest global association of investment professionals.  


To earn the CFA charter, candidates must: 1) pass three sequential, six-hour examinations; 2) have at least four years of qualified professional investment experience; 3) join CFA Institute as members; and 4) commit to abide by, and annually reaffirm, their adherence to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. The CFA Program curriculum is updated every year by experts from around the world to ensure that candidates learn the most relevant and practical new tools, ideas, and investment and wealth management skills to reflect the dynamic and complex nature of the profession.  Learn more about the value of the CFA charter.

The Chartered Financial Analyst Designation

Accredited Expertise in the Investment Industry

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