My Meridian: Growing up in a farming family with modest means, I learned early on the importance of saving. In middle school a teacher held a stock market game which completely captured my interest. I have been passionate about saving and investing ever since.
I also understand that financial and investment decisions are confusing and stressful for many people. One of the things I love about my work is helping clients sort through the market noise and hype by bringing clarity to their situation. Financial decisions are important but I believe the experience does not have to be stressful.
David A. Zandstra
Chief Investment Officer
Dave is the Chief Investment Officer at Meridian and responsible for the overall investment strategy and selection process. Dave graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a degree in business administration and received his MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Dave is a member of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council, the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of East Tennessee. In addition, he is a board member of the CFA Society of East Tennessee and The Foothills Land Conservancy.
Originally from the Chicago area, Dave started his career in the Trust department of First Chicago Bank. After working there for several years, he ultimately decided to move to Knoxville for its climate, low cost of living, and (not wanting to be a flatlander anymore) proximity to the mountains. Dave worked for seven years as a Portfolio Manager in the Trust department of First Tennessee Bank before joining Meridian in 2004.
Dave’s son Alex attends Anderson County High School in Clinton, Tennessee. In his free time he enjoys hiking, biking, movies, and travel across the US and world.