Atlantic Coast Business Center
The Atlantic Coast Business Center is a group of local offices representing Principal® in the Carolinas and Virginia. We are dedicated to helping individuals, businesses and their employees achieve financial security and success in our communities. We proudly represent Principal with integrity and professionalism.
Working with us
If you’re interested in working with us as an advisor, we’ll provide you a professional and supportive environment that helps you build your knowledge and skills. Learn more about what it’s like to work with us and meet our management team.
See our office locations & advisors
If you’re looking for a financial services product, we can help you find a local financial professional at Principal® to discuss your financial needs, as well as purchase life insurance, annuities, securities and investments.
See a list of advisors in the Atlantic Coast to contact one directly.
Do you want to make a difference and help others solve problems? We do too. That’s why we want to talk to you about your future with Principal. Whether you’re just getting started or ready to move your business in a new direction, we’ve got your back.
An inclusive culture and tools to build your career
The one thing we have in common is that each of us is different. That’s why we seek diversity in the people we hire. Our inclusion extends to the way we do business with a flexible work culture. That may mean you want to focus on a specific market, be a solo practitioner or join a team. No matter what you choose, we’re here to give you the right tools to build your confidence and help you succeed.
Meet the management team
Now that you know a little about our business center, we’d like to tell you about the amazing folks you’ll be working with.
Shawn Will - Senior Regional Managing Director
"I’m committed to helping our advisors determine what financial success looks like, and helping them achieve it." As a former advisor and managing partner, Shawn brings over 16 years of industry experience to his role here at Principal. He is an active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and the General Agency Management Association (GAMA).
Gary Heatherington - Managing Director
Gary Heatherington joined our SC office in 2018, with over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry, in both management roles and as a successful advisor. During his time in management, he was an innovator in an advisor-teaming initiative. Originally from Pittsburgh, Gary and his wife Linda of 37 years, reside in Mt Pleasant, SC. They are blessed with 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. In his off time, he enjoys playing golf, and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Craig B. Miller, CFP®, CRPC® - Associate Managing Director
Craig brings over 13 years of experience to his role as Associate Managing Director. Craig is passionate about working with both clients as well as internal partners, providing financial planning solutions to clients and training and growth support to advisors. Craig is originally from Florida and enjoys staying active through sports and outdoor activities.
Angie Dirks - Operations Manager
“I care about the individual success of our advisors, employees and clients, and I strive to ensure the best possible experience for them.” Angie began working for Principal in 1998, and as Operations Manager she specializes in logistics, expense management, and the development of our advisors and administrative team.
Bill Nelson - Field Supervisory Associate
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Bill joined Principal in 2016 with over 25 years of insurance and financial services experience. As a Field Supervisory Associate, Bill assists our advisors, managers, and compliance directors by providing education and guidance to help foster a compliant and ethical sales culture. Bill lives in Charlotte with his wife and their two Shih Tzus, and enjoys drawing and playing the guitar.
Nicole Hathaway - Marketing Associate
“I endeavor to support financial professionals in defining their value proposition, forming their unique story, and creating meaningful relationships with their clients.” With over 18 years of experience, Nicole helps our advisors define their target markets and supports them in ongoing efforts as they build their practice. In addition, she assists management in the recruiting, hiring and training of new financial professionals, and with matters dealing with industry compliance.
Connie Harrison - Sales Support Specialist
“My motto comes from Mother Teresa, and says a lot about me: Let no one ever come to you without leaving Better and Happier.” Connie joined Principal in 2009. As a Sales Support Specialist, she works closely with our advisors, processing their business, and providing all around administrative support for our team.
Elaine Sharry - Sales Support Specialist
“I am a dedicated administrative professional focusing on working with financial advisors to help them deliver prompt and accurate products to prospective clients.” Elaine joined The Principal’s Atlantic Coast Business Center in 2010 as a Sales Support Specialist. Her positive attitude resonates throughout the Virginia office as she provides administrative and marking support to our advisors.
Kelly Childers - Sales Support Specialist
I am excited to serve our clients and Financial Advisors in the Charleston SC location of the Atlantic Coast Business Center. I joined Principal in 2014 as a Sales Support Specialist. My career in a related insurance industry with over 20 years’ experience helps me provide the high standard of service and support our clients, perspective clients and Financial Advisors deserve.
Cindy Duick CLF®, LUTCF - Sr. Regional Marketing Consultant
Cindy's mission is to help financial professionals achieve success through efficient use of resources, developing markets and strategic business planning as she partners with business center teams throughout the United States. Her financial services experience began in 1999, however she has worked in various aspects of sales and marketing in diverse fields such as advertising and sales promotion, corporate healthcare administration, and manufacturing.
Originally from Lancaster, PA, Cindy lives in Boca Raton and is a long-time member of the Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue, an advocate for the Alzheimer's Foundation, and a member of St. Jude Catholic Church.
Interested in meeting with an advisor near you? Great! Check the list below to see who’s available in your area and learn more.
North Carolina offices
4141 Parklake Avenue, Suite 510
Raleigh, NC 27612
919-745-2040 or 800-457-3776
Directions to the Raleigh office
351 Old Bark Rd.
Boone, NC 28607
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14045 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 500
Charlotte, NC, 28277
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6148 Brookshire Blvd., Suite D
Charlotte, NC, 28216
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1724 Brian Williams Road
Charlotte, NC, 28212
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20621 N. Main St
Cornelius, NC 28031
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225 Green St, Suite 203
Fayetteville, NC 28301
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534 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28034
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445 Dolley Madison Road, Suite 100
Greensboro, NC 27410
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214 W. Center Street
Lexington, NC 27292
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151 Poole Rd., Suite 501
Leland, NC 28451
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107 Kilson Drive, Suite 102
Mooresville, NC 28117
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22 East 10th Street
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
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106 Ashworth Drive
Seagrove, NC 27341
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2990 Bethesda Place, Suite 602A
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
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South Carolina offices
1012 eWall St.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Directions to the Mount Pleasant office
200 Main Street, Suite 101 H
Hilton Head, SC 29926
Directions to the Hilton Head office
124 Holly Creek Dr.
Irmo, SC 29063
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4214 Mayfair Street, Suite C
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Directions to the Myrtle Beach office
15521 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 404
Midlothian, VA 23113
804-897-8294 or 866-301-8734
Directions to the Midlothian office
The financial professionals of the Atlantic Coast Business Center are licensed in NC and VA to offer insurance products, life insurance (including variable life), annuities (including variable annuities), securities and investment advice.
This site is not a solicitation of interest in any of these products in any other state.
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