Your grateful stewards.

Hank McLarty, the firm’s founder, was exactly where he thought he wanted to be 20 years ago: at a large, prestigious wealth management firm. He had cultivated strong relationships with enviable clients, he had established a high-performing team, and his name sat atop many of the industry’s elite rankings. By all measures, his career was thriving. But something was missing.
While he appreciated the resources and well-defined career path of a large firm, he felt the need to serve clients in a different way. He wanted to be part of a team motivated by clients’ best interests, pursuing their goals with tenacity and humility. He wanted clients to know they were appreciated. And, equally important, he wanted to make sure that clients received value through solid and supportive advice.
In 2005, Hank founded Gratus, naming his firm from the Latin word meaning “grateful.” Since then, Gratus has served as a grateful steward to our clients, helping them – through thoughtful guidance and hands-on advice – make the most of their journey.
Gratus calls Atlanta home.
“I think we all want to look back on our lives and say we made a difference, something outside of our immediate self – that we changed the life of somebody else.”
Hank McLarty, Founder and CEO
Why Gratus
Whether you are navigating a life transition, in retirement, growing a business or a practice, or simply looking for more direction, we are your partner in progress. We take our cues from you to help you define and reach your ultimate goals. Here are some additional beliefs we live and work by:
We focus on you.
Our commitment to stewarding your wealth goes well beyond our fiduciary responsibility to invest in your best interest. Our moral compass, compassion, and gratitude – along with years of investment experience – direct our decisions, so that you can take comfort in knowing we are on your side.
We own it.
Accountable and transparent, we take ownership of issues big and small so that you do not have to worry.
We listen and answer.
We establish a foundation for solid and responsive relationships through education, understanding, and engagement.
We educate to empower.
From an overview of the markets to a micro view of the underlying investments in your portfolio, we provide insight and information to help inform your choices.
We anticipate proactively.
We are action-oriented. We believe that well done is better than well said. We actively listen and collaborate to help keep your goals on the right track.
We go beyond the point person.
We get to know not only you but also all your stakeholders so that everyone can feel informed, engaged, and comfortable.
We are humbled.
We take pride in knowing that the industry and our clients appreciate our commitment to doing what’s right.
  • Forbes Top 100 Wealth Advisors in America (2016 - 2021)
  • Forbes Top Independent RIA in GA (2021)
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle “25 Largest Financial Planning and Advisory Firms” (2021)

Thank you, neighbor.

We find great fulfillment in investing in our community, especially in partnering with community groups and volunteering at local nonprofit events.