Our Team

Geoff McLawhorn, CLU®

Founding Partner

Geoff McLawhorn, CLU® is the founding partner of Salt Water Financial. He graduated from North Carolina State University in May 2010 and went straight into the financial services industry with Northwestern Mutual. He obtained a degree in Accounting with a concentration in Financial Analysis. He left Northwestern Mutual in August 2016 to join MassMutual and form Salt Water Financial. He has a passion for helping business owners and families visualize and realize their financial potential. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Lauren, and they have one son, Braxton. Geoff is active with the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, the Young Professionals Group within the Chamber, and he is the Co-President for the Twin Rivers Chapter of the NRA. Geoff enjoys spending time outdoors with his son and playing basketball and golf in his free time.

®The premier designation for insurance professionals. The Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) became the insurance industry’s gold standard when launched in 1927. Today, it continues to be the designation for insurance professionals who desire to provide their clients with the security of life insurance and risk management. Since its inception, tens of thousands of financial services professionals have obtained this prestigious designation. With particular emphasis placed on ethics and commitment to clients, the CLU® has earned a distinguished reputation backed by security and stewardship. (American College of Financial Services)

Travis Wynne

Travis Wynne is a member of Salt Water Financial. He has been in the financial services industry for two years now. He was with Northwestern Mutual for a year prior to joining Geoff and forming Salt Water Financial. Travis was a Deputy with the Craven County Sheriff’s Department before entering the financial services industry. He has always had a passion for helping others. He is married to Maggie Wynne and they have two children: a son, Hudson, who is 1 and a daughter, Greycin, who is 7 years old. Travis is involved with the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, the Young Professionals Group within the Chamber, the New Bern Rotary Club, and he is on the board for the Twin Rivers Chapter of the NRA. He enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and playing a variety of sports including basketball, softball, and golf.

Bojan Poluga

Bojan “Boki” Poluga is a member of Salt Water Financial. He joined the firm in December of 2016. He is originally from Bosnia, but considers himself a New Bern native. He graduated from East Carolina University with a concentration in International Studies and Cultural Anthropology. He has spent time abroad in various countries such as India and Bahrain. He has a Banking background and worked at the State Employee Credit Union for over 2 years. His main concentrations are helping businesses and families reach their financial goals in life. In his spare time he enjoys sports such as football and basketball and would consider himself a novice hunter.

Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross is a member of Salt Water Financial. He joined the firm in January of 2017. He is from Charlotte, NC, but has made New Bern his home for the past 14 years. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BS in Marine Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He also performed graduate work at East Carolina University. He is a background in Marine Fisheries working for the State of North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries for 10 years. He is married with 2 children. He joins our team after 3 years with Western & Southern Financial Group. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.