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GGA 2020 Recipient: Dave Polstra
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Dave is the Co-Founder of Brightworth. A personal Wealth Advisor to high-net-worth families since 1981, Dave provides comprehensive financial and investment advice, specializing in retirement transition planning, executive compensation, estate planning and charitable planning. He is a well-known speaker at national conferences, where he teaches retirement plan distribution and wealth transfer strategies to attorneys, CPAs and financial advisors.

Dave completed the Investment Management Consultants Association’s Investment Management Analyst program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Investment Management AnalystSM. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, and is a member of the fee-only National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, graduatingcum laude.

Dave has served on the advisory board of the Journal of Retirement Planning and has taught corporate retirement planning workshops for some of America’s largest corporations. Dave received the 2004 HONORS Award for lifetime achievement and contribution to the financial planning industry from the Financial Planning Association of Georgia. Dave currently serves on the board of Eagle Ranch Children’s Home. He is also a member of United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Ivan Allen Circle. He is past president of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and the past board chairman of Medical Missions Ministries (MMM), an organization that provides free medical care to the poor living in rural Guatemala. In 2011, Dave received the Global Community Impact Award from Invest in Others Charitable Foundation for his work with MMM.

Dave has been quoted in numerous publications including Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionCBS MarketWatchFinancial PlanningForbesFortuneInvestment AdvisorMoney Magazineand The Wall Street Journal. He has received numerous accolades including being named as one of the Top 250 Financial Advisors in America by Worth magazine, Top 100 Financial Planners by Mutual Funds magazine, one of the Top Financial Advisors in the U.S. by Reuters AdvicePointand a Five Star Wealth Manager by Atlanta Magazine. He has also been named in the Who’s Who in Banking and Financing by Atlanta Business Chronicle*.

Dave and his wife, Betsy, have three adult children and six grandchildren. They are active members of Perimeter Church in Johns Creek. His hobbies include water skiing, wake surfing and spending time with family.



                                                         Past Greater Good Award Recipients Include:                                                                     

Donna Barwick 2019
Bert Ponder 2018
S. Jarvin Levison & Larry Pike 2017
Jack Sawyer 2016
Bertram Levy 2015
Mary Ellen Garrett 2014
H. Stephen Merlin 2013
Wayne Vason 2012
Hal Abrams & Dameron Black, III 2011
Richard K. Babush 2010
Emory Schwall 2009
Zoe Hicks 2008
 Steve Berman 2007
 Henry Bowden 2006
Ben White 2005