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Our Team

How We Work

How We Work

Our reasons for becoming financial professionals are deeply personal. We repeatedly saw many friends and family struggling to find the help they needed to map out their financial future. We are confident that with our understanding of personal finance, coupled with our training as financial professionals, we can help people better prepare for the future. Our goal is to educate individuals in an easy-to-understand manner so they can grasp personal finance and use those concepts to pursue their financial objectives. We feel a commitment to our community.

Our team approach adds perspective to all we do and provides increased benefits to our clients.

Meet Our Team

Peter J. Nelson

Managing Partner & Financial Advisor



Peter Nelson helps individuals, families, executives and business owners work toward their financial goals and enhance their quality of life today and throughout retirement. He specializes in financial planning, retirement income planning and investment management.  

Peter obtained his BS Business/Finance from the University of Vermont and holds an Industrial Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Peter is a Registered Representative with Securities America, Inc. and a Registered Investment Advisor Representative with Securities America Advisors Inc. He holds the Series 7, 66 and Life, Health & LTC Insurance Licenses.  Additionally, Peter is a member of the Professional Financial Planner Association in Charlotte NC. 

Peter resides in Hickory NC with his wife Ann and two active young adults, Holly and Nic. They are active at Corinth Reformed Church, the YMCA and other activities with friends.  Nic just started his Freshman year at Appalachian State University and Holly is a senior in high school.

Peter has a passion for community service and is very active in helping to improve the quality of life for all. He has served as Lake Hickory Rotary Club President and chair of The Leader In Me- Accelerating Good to Great 4 All Catawba County and was awarded Volunteer of the Year to the YMCA.  Additional time permitting, he enjoys outdoors activities including landscaping, hiking, sailing, water sports, and volleyball.

John C. Nelson

Founder, Partner & Financial Advisor



John Nelson has over 40 years of personal investing experience. He is a Registered Principal with Securities America, Inc. and Registered Investment Advisor Representative with Securities America Advisors, Inc.

John was the past president of Capital Concepts, a Rochester NY financial planning firm, and worked for 20 years in various managerial positions in industrial marketing and business planning.  He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MBA from Michigan State University.

John serves on the Board of the Western Piedmont Symphony, has served as an Elder of First Presbyterian Church, an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of Catawba Valley YMCA and Lake Hickory Rotary Club.  John enjoys travelling, swimming, concerts, theatre, golf and hiking with his wife, Bev. 

Carly D. Johnson

Director of Client Services



Carly joined Spectrum Financial in 2017.  Her focus is on supporting the advisory team and our clients directly.  She has over 20 years of administrative and management experience across various industries. Carly’s previous work experiences have instilled in her the importance of putting client’s needs first. She puts this ideal into practice by working to ensure our clients’ accounts are handled accurately and timely. With an array of duties including Compliance, Bookkeeping, Business Processing, and Client Service. She enjoys engaging with clients while addressing the questions or concerns they may have about their accounts. Dedication to her role ensures exceptional client

Carly resides in Catawba, NC with her fiancé Kevin. They spend time exploring NC through boating, camping and various outdoor activities with their family. Carly serves as an Ambassador for the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

Upon realizing the value that could be added to a client’s experience by having someone, in addition to their financial advisor, that they can rely on for questions or service requests. Carly began obtaining her FPQP- Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional designation from Collage of Financial Planning. Carly is also pursuing her B.S in Business- Finance in goal of becoming a Financial Advisor.

External Resource Personnel

One of the key strengths of Spectrum Financial is our extensive use of talented professionals who are not employees of our firm, but instead are employed at the wide range of service providers needed to conduct an Investment Advisors business in today’s environment. On any given day, these individuals assist us at Spectrum Financial with our Investment, Client Service, Operations or Communications functions. This extensive use of external resources provides business diversification and stability for our firm and its clients. Additionally, it allows us to constantly be searching for best of breed providers and professionals while directing our assets for maximum efficiency.