Our Financial Advising Team Working Hard For You

Chris Wilmerding


Chris began his career at Lazard Frères & Co. in New York City as an investment banking analyst working on major, national and international mergers and acquisitions. After graduate school, he joined the turn-around team of a specialty packaging business, co-founded the Intuit Developer Network and was General Partner of a Boston private equity firm. Prior to founding Thayer Partners, Chris was a Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS in Boston, specializing in corporate retirement plans and individual retirement planning.

Chris graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude, was in an accelerated doctoral program and studied Modern European History at Oxford. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and graduated from the Wealth Advisor Program at UBS. He lives in Wyndmoor, PA with his wife and two children and serves on his church’s vestry, as well as on several business and charitable boards and committees.

David S. Beckwith, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

David S. Beckwith is the Chief Investment Officer of Thayer Partners, joining in early 2022. David leads the firm’s overall investment strategy and tactical decision-making. He also oversees the due diligence, selection and monitoring of investment managers, including mutual funds, ETFs and limited partnerships.

David was previously a partner and the CIO of RINET Company in Boston, serving for 16 and a half years up to the firm’s sale in December 2021. He began his investment career with a 12-year role as an equity analyst and portfolio manager at John Hancock Financial Services, managing U.S. value, global, international, and Pacific Basin mutual funds. He also had senior investment and managerial roles at Brown Brothers Harriman and Hale and Dorr Capital Management.

David is a Chartered Financial Analyst®. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College and studied international finance at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He serves on the board and investment committee at the Dedham Institution for Savings. David has commented on financial issues in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Daily Deal, and on ABC World News Tonight and CNBC, among other news outlets.

Deborah Deckman

Partner/Financial Advisor

Deb has nearly 20 years’ of experience in retirement planning and investments. For many years, Deb ran her own consulting firm which focused on helping advisors grow their practices through procedure streamlining and optimization.

Deb graduated from the Millersville University of Pennsylvania at the age of 20 with a degree in Financial Economics. She is a board member of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, North Florida chapter. Deb resides in Southeast Georgia with her husband and three children.

Deb has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys leading and coaching others.

She is securities 65 registered and has a passion for helping her clients plan for financial success while living their best lives.

Matthew Deckman


Matthew transitioned into the financial services industry and joined Thayer Partners, LLC in 2012, after spending most of his early career in big box retail management. He serves as an Analyst both on the private client side, and 401k management spectrum.

Matthew studied Business Management at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew lives in Saint Marys, GA with his wife and business partner Deborah, and their three children. Most of Matthew’s free time is spent on the ocean catching as many species of fish as he can. He also enjoys coaching softball, driving his Jeep on the beach and spending time with his family in the outdoors.

David Miller, CPA, MBA

Head of Tax Solutions

David Miller is the Head of Tax Solutions at Thayer Partners. He is also the founder of David Miller CPA. David completed his undergraduate degree in Accounting at UMass Dartmouth in 2013; he then went onto get his Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Tax and Law at Bentley University, graduating in 2015. That same year he also became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Before starting his business, David Miller CPA, David worked for two years at Cost Accounting, four years in Public Accounting, and four years in Corporate Tax at a Biotechnology company. Outside of work, David enjoys golfing, boxing, and his wonderful dog, Juno. Juno is a Husky/German Shepard mix, for those wondering.