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M. Burke Koonce, III

Investment Strategist



Burke is the firm’s Investment Strategist. Based in the Raleigh office, Burke works closely with the firm’s Chief Investment Officer helping develop investment strategy and communicating with clients.

Burke has more than 20 years of experience in investment management, working with both individuals and institutions. Prior to joining Trust Company of the South in 2021, Burke was a portfolio manager at Raymond James in Raleigh.

Burke was the founder and owner of Helicon Research, a provider of investment research to institutional asset managers and allocators. Prior to starting Helicon, Burke was the senior research analyst at Oak Value Capital Management in Chapel Hill, NC. Before joining Oak Value, Burke was a credit analyst at Silverback Asset Management, also in Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Silverback, Burke was a senior equity analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York. Burke started his career in investments and banking as an associate with Trident Financial Corp. in Raleigh. He has also worked as a newspaper reporter.

Burke received a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 and received his MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1998. Burke is a graduate of Deerfield Academy.

Burke was a producer of the award-winning financial documentary film Betting On Zero and continues to create financial content. He is a regular contributor to the financial website and other media outlets.

Burke serves on numerous community and academic boards. He and his spouse, Adora, have two children and live in Raleigh. In his spare time, Burke enjoys reading, music, and spending time with friends and family.