• ABOUT US

Too often, financial advisors start with the mind-set of making the financial instrument fit into their client’s portfolio. We take exactly the opposite view. Because we have no proprietary products to sell, we start with you—your goals, your lifestyle, your timeline. Together, we determine your personal investment philosophy. Only then do we create your long-term plan and begin searching out the highest-quality investment products for your portfolio. What we want most for you, as our client, is to build a personal, long-term relationship so your customized investment plan has the best chance to get you where you want to be.

Bill Gibbs

Founder of Coast Financial

Bill Gibbs has over 30 years experience in the investment arena. Bill started his career in the financial market with EF Hutton and advanced to senior vice president and branch manager for Wachovia Securities before starting Coast Financial Group. Working for large corporations in the financial world taught Bill a lot about the ins and outs of running a top financial organization.

Bill is active in both the local and international community. He was formerly chairman of the board of the Salvation Army and is an active member of the Jekyll Island Rotary Club. He was a member of a three-person mission team from Map International assigned to work with government and community leaders in Ecuador to resolve a growing cholera epidemic. In his spare time, Bill enjoys ballroom dancing, gourmet cooking, traveling, boxing, golfing, bocce ball and croquet.

Dan Searles

Financial Advisor

Dan Searles, CFP, RFC, CEP, LUTCF, has been practicing financial advising since 1981. He earned his CFP designation in 1992.  A published author, Dan’s financial writings include his syndicated column, Your Money Matters and his book, I Can Beat the Market and Other Lies from Financial Professionals (available on Amazon).
Born in Louisiana, Dan spent his elementary school years in Lawrenceville, Georgia before relocating to the Washington, DC area. Dan and his wife, Eydie split their time between a home in the Washington, DC suburbs and their home in The Village on SSI.
In his spare time, Dan is a songwriter and recently wrote the screenplay and soundtrack for the upcoming western film, Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws.
He also enjoys pickleball on SSI, watching his son play baseball at USC-Beaufort, and time spent with his grandchildren.

Laura Stohlman

Financial Advisor

CFP®, CSA®, CEP®, RFC, ChFEBC℠. Laura has been serving her clients since 1983. She strives to help her clients seek to achieve their personal and financial goals. Laura is passionate about serving her community through her work and through community service.

Ryan Dunn

Financial Advisor and Federal Employee Benefits Specialist

Ryan Dunn ChFEBC℠ is a registered representative specializing in Federal Employee benefits. He earned his Charted Federal Employee Consultant designation by completing multiple training courses and passing rigorous examination covering the Federal Employee benefit system. After helping hundreds of Federal Employees gain a better understanding of how to bridge the gap between employee benefits and retirement, Ryan co-founded Federal Navigators, a sister company of Coast Financial Group. In addition to working one-on-one with Federal Employees, Ryan speaks about employee benefits at local seminars, hosts a weekly podcast, trains other financial professionals on the Federal Employee benefit system, and publishes articles and videos aimed at making the benefit system easier to understand.

In his spare time, Ryan codes video games for fun and is an active dad to three rambunctious kiddos.