Our Team

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Tommy Lewis

Owner and Principal

Tommy is the founder and president of FIRST Financial Group. Born in Raleigh, NC, Tommy has devoted himself to family, fitness and his clients’ finances. He founded FFG in 1994 with a mission to be viewed as one of the top advisors in our area. Tommy has worked continuously to stay on top of current trends and ideas in the field. For over 25 years he has demonstrated a consistent ability to help protect and grow the hard-earned assets of his clients, while helping them achieve their goals.

Tommy graduated from East Carolina University in 1989. Tommy holds a Masters’ of Science in Financial Services and holds Professional Degrees from The American College, Bryn Mar, PA, including the Charted Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). He also holds the NC Life, Accident & Health Insurance Licenses as well as Medicare Supplement & Long Term Care Licenses.

Tommy is a member of The American Society of Financial Service Professionals, Financial Planning Association, ECU Alumni Association, Wakefield United Methodist Church, Pi Kappa Alpha Oak Trust, Coastal Conservation Association, Raleigh Racquet Club, ECU Board of Visitors, ECU Chancellor’s Society and Education Foundation.

Tommy lives in Raleigh with his two children and enjoys frequent visits to the NC coast. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his kids, running, fishing and tennis.

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Kurt Underhill

Financial Consultant

Kurt was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. Kurt relocated to Raleigh after living in Los Angeles, CA where he worked in the film in music industries. Kurt joined FIRST Financial Group in 2003, and is an Investment Advisor Representative.

Kurt is a graduate of Penn State University. He recently earned his Professional Designation of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. He holds NC Life, Accident & Health Insurance Licenses as well as Medicare Supplement & Long Term Care Licenses.

Kurt is actively involved in several community organizations serving on Boards of Directors as well as coaching sports from ice hockey to soccer.

Kurt’s family is the focus of his life. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, being an avid golfer and skier and being active in many fitness programs. He spends as much time as possible with his friends and family.

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Debbie McManama

Director of Operations
Insurance Specialist

Debbie was born and raised in Boston, MA. She moved to North Carolina in 2006 with her family. She joined FIRST Financial Group in 2011.

Debbie holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Bentley University.

Debbie previously worked as a vice-president in the municipal finance department of a commercial bank in Boston, MA. Prior to that, she worked as a sales assistant on the institutional fixed income trading desk of an investment bank.

Debbie’s volunteer experience includes four years as a member and committee chair on her town’s Finance Commission in Massachusetts, and serving as Treasurer for her children’s nursery school and soccer team.

Debbie lives in Wake Forest with her 4 children. She enjoys the outdoors, fitness and watching her kids sporting and music events.

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Nicole Treadwell

Client Services Specialist

Nicole was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where she attended Richard Bland College and Virginia Commonwealth University.  She moved to Raleigh with her family in 2006.  She joined FIRST Financial Group in 2018, where she brings over sixteen years of banking experience.

Nicole is a huge advocate for helping others.  She is actively involved in the community serving as an Event Committee Member with the Catfish Classic and the ALS Association NC Chapter since 2009.  She has been an Ambassador with the Wake Forest Chamber since 2012.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, watching and playing sports and traveling.

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