Our Team

Ryan Thomsen, Partner

Ryan Thomsen has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, working at firms including Fidelity Investments and Edward Jones. Ryan’s primary focus is to provide high-level planning and investment management to his clients.

Originally from California, Ryan moved to Raleigh in 2006. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons and being outside at the grill or on his mower. Ryan and his family are active members of Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC.

Airis A. Abolins, CIMA®, MBA, Partner

Airis Abolins has over 20 years’ experience providing financial advice.  He holds the Certified Investment Management AnalystSM designation.

Airis’ primary focus is at the client level, ensuring all aspects of our client’s financial lives have been thoroughly reviewed, and making sure “no stone is left unturned”.  This often involves working closely with our client’s other advisors, CPA’s, attorneys and insurance agents. With this information, Airis creates comprehensive financial plans and asset allocation recommendations individualized to each client.

Airis served as a Nuclear Propulsion Engineer Officer and Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy for eight years. He retired from the Navy after serving thirteen more years as an officer in the Naval Reserves.  Airis also worked for two years at Radian International as an engineer.

Airis earned his Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and his MBA from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Airis volunteers his time teaching children at his church, coaching volleyball and interviewing local applicants for admission to Princeton University. He and his wife have three children.

Catherine Hawthorne, Office Administrator

Catherine Hawthorne joins First Oak after taking some time off from her professional career to be a stay-at-home mom. Catherine is a graduate of Roanoke College where she studied Foreign Languages. Her professional career spanned over 10 years where she worked with ITT Sheraton Hospitality Corporation in various management positions at the Sheraton Washington Hotel and Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore MD. Catherine was also instrumental in the opening of 2 luxury hotels in Chicago and New York City.

Catherine and her husband are originally from Washington D.C., however Catherine was fortunate to spend a good portion of her youth growing up in Europe. Catherine, her husband and 2 teenage sons have called Raleigh home since 2000.

Catherine continues to be an active volunteer at her kids school as well as being involved in several women and children ministries.