Your Team

John C. Nelson
Managing Partner & Financial Advisor

Founder and Partner

 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 has served as Treasurer on the Board of the Western Piedmont Symphony, 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 swimming, concerts, theatre, golf and hiking with his wife, Bev. 

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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, investment management and retirement income planning.  

Peter Nelson 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 Insurance Licenses.  Additionally, Peter is a member of the Professional Financial Planner Association in Charlotte NC. 

He resides in Hickory NC with his wife Ann and two active young adults, Holly and Nicholas. They are active at Corinth Reformed Church, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Carolina Select Volleyball Club, HHS Band, Volleyball, Wrestling & Track and a plethora of other school and activities with friends.

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

Peter can be reached at

Carla D. Johnson
Director of Client Services
Carla 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.  Dedication to her role ensures timely responses and exceptional client satisfaction. 

Carla resides in Catawba, NC with her fiancé Kevin. They spend time exploring NC, antiquing and various activities with their family. 

Additionally, Carla aspires to be a Financial Advisor, and is pursuing her Bachelors of Business-Finance degree. 

Carla can be reached at