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Cornerstone Wealth Planning was built to provide objective Financial Planning and Investment Management advice. We believe in serving clients as Fiduciaries in order to provide a conflict free level of advice. We are committed to serving the best interest of our clients at all times. 

Learn more about Our Team below

Meet the Team

Christopher W. Knight, CFP® President & Senior Wealth Advisor

Chris is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Chris serves as President & Senior Wealth Advisor for Cornerstone Wealth Planning. 

He understands the complex needs of clients and provides unique solutions to individual situations. Chris graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Chris has spent his entire career in the Financial Planning and Investment Management industry through his work at Vanguard, Ronald Blue & Co. and as Founder and Owner of Cornerstone Wealth Planning. 

Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for Campus Outreach and as a member of the Diaconate at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC. He and his wife Kali have two daughters, Mikaela and Adelina.

Aaron Joel Salter, CPA Senior Wealth Advisor

Joel is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining Cornerstone Wealth Planning, he held accounting roles in both public accounting practice and corporate accounting. He has experience with individual, corporate, and trust tax returns. 

Joel graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a BS in Mathematics in 2003. He received his Masters of Accountancy from UNC-Charlotte. Joel is a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). 

Joel is a member of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC. He and his wife Laura have two daughters, Gianna and Maya, and a son, Keaton.

Timothy C. Cornelius, CFP®, CPA Wealth Advisor & Tax Specialist

Tim began his career in public accounting and has been a CFO, VP of Finance and Controller at a mix of public and private companies. His most recent role prior to Cornerstone was at a public company that developed, built, owned and managed over $10 billion of apartments across the US.

Tim graduated magna cum laude from Oral Roberts University with a BS in Accounting and earned an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Duke University.

Tim has served on church Boards and is an active member of Calvary Church in Charlotte, NC where he is involved in the Divorce Care ministry. Tim and his wife Renee live in Matthews and have five children and four grandchildren.

Esther G. Bodman Advisor Support – Investment Specialist & Client Service

Esther has worked in the Investment Management and Financial Planning arena for 29 years. Her career has included roles in investment operations, investment planning and relationship management. Esther’s passion is helping clients clarify their financial goals and then implementing a plan to achieve those goals.

Esther graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Prior to joining Cornerstone Wealth Planning, she served clients at Sterling Capital Management and Ronald Blue & Co.

Esther is a member of Central Church in Charlotte, NC, where she and her husband, Alan, are involved in a Life Group.

Fran O'Quinn, CFP® Advisor Support – Operations

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Fran understands the myriad of issues surrounding effective financial, investment, and tax planning.

Fran graduated from the University of North Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Fran has focused her work in the public accounting and financial advisory field since 2001 and received her CFP® certification in 2005.

Prior to this, Fran held accounting positions at various private and non-profit entities, which include Orangewood Christian School, AAA Headquarters Orlando, and Allied Bendix Aerospace. She and her husband, Wes, have three adult sons.

Wesley O'Quinn Advisor Support – Special Projects

Wes is a graduate of Troy University and spent 31 years working for FedEx in various management, financial, and leadership capacities. He retired in November of 2013 and has embarked on his second career in the financial services industry.

In addition he has completed the required training to sit for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ exam. Wes is active in his community and has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and currently serves on the Greenways and Trails Committee for the City of Rock Hill, South Carolina.

For the past 8 years, Wes has led Financial Peace University classes at his church. He and his wife, Fran, have three adult sons.

Cody Ritchie Advisor Support – Operations

Cody serves clients as an Operations Specialist at Cornerstone Wealth Planning. He aspires to help people be better stewards of what has been entrusted to them.

Cody graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining Cornerstone Wealth Planning, Cody spent six years in various insurance and sales roles.

He is actively involved at Mercy Church. He has served as a small group leader, retreat planner, and is in the discipleship program.

Gina Williams Advisor Support – Office Manager & Client Service

Gina serves as the office manager for Cornerstone Wealth Planning.

Gina worked in the banking industry until she married and moved to Charlotte in 1978. She homeschooled her children over the course of 30 years and was the office manager and bookkeeper for her husband’s land surveying company for 16 years.

Gina is a member of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC. She has five grown children and five grandchildren and she enjoys decorating, scrapbooking, crafting greeting cards, and reading.