Greenbrier Capital Corporation

Greenbrier Capital Corporation (GCC) is a wealth management company with strengths in all aspects of financial planning and investment selection and management.  GCC helps its high income and high net worth, or soon to be so, clients develop financial strategies consistent with their goals and objectives.  And, via the company's expertise and professional connections, GCC implements those strategies and systematically monitors the results, making adjustments as client needs change or portfolio efficiencies require.
Now in its twenty-sixth year, Greenbrier Capital Corporation has seen its clientele grow significantly through the years.  Today, the firm's clients range from successful professionals to Fortune 500 executives to professional athletes to high-achieving, independent business owners.  Our clientele also includes inheritors of wealth as well as retirees, and those near retirement, that have accumulated large pension/401k sums that require preservation and management.
The firm's planning and investment decisions, much of which are proprietary, are handled principally by its president, Daniel Gooding, CFP®, in conjunction with a network of specialized professionals nationwide with whom the firm has long-standing relationships.  Administrative and various other aspects of the company's operations are staff-managed from the firm's Lewisburg, West Virginia headquarters.

Our Mission

The mission of Greenbrier Capital Corporation is to create and implement appropriately customized financial strategies for its clientele, utilizing carefully selected techniques, managers and investments, and to sustain that effort through professional diligence, complete integrity, and routinely spectacular service.

Daniel E. Gooding, CFP®, President,

Professional Background


In 1983, Daniel Gooding founded the company that evolved into Greenbrier Capital Corporation.  Mr. Gooding began his business career with the Atlanta, Georgia branch of Xerox shortly after his graduation from Marshall University.  Returning to West Virginia two years later, he became one of the company's leading representatives nationally, managing Xerox's business with its major accounts in North Central West Virginia.  He remained with Xerox until leaving to found the company that became Greenbrier Capital Corporation.

Mr. Gooding was one of the first to seek the designation of Certified Financial Planner in West Virginia, receiving that designation in 1994.  He is a frequently quoted authority, regularly published writer, and public speaker.  In fact, Mr. Gooding is a routinely featured speaker at The Greenbrier, providing well attended seminars on various financial topics for guests of the renowned resort.  Mr. Gooding is also a regularly featured wealth management writer and Financial Editor for West Virginia's premiere business publication West Virginia Executive.  He is a Investment Adviser Representative and long-time member of the Financial Planning Association and the International Association for Financial Planning.  Mr. Gooding has registered representative, registered principal, and direct investment securities registrations.  He also holds licensing in insurance and annuities.  Mr. Gooding is listed in Who's Who in Finance and Industry and Who's Who in American Business.
Mr. Gooding is President of The Financial Leadership Council, a small and elite group of senior, large-practice planners that research wealth management topics.  The membership seeks expanded expertise and a higher level of performance for its clientele.  The Financial Leadership Council has combined professional experience of over 225 years and meets biannually in different parts of the United States.  Members present academic research papers on investment concepts and wealth planning strategies and provide related lectures on a rotating basis during these meetings.

Below are some details on the company's evolution.


In 1983, GCC began as Highland Financial Group in Naples, Florida.  Initially, operations existed in that city and in Morgantown, West Virginia.  In 1992, company operations were relocated to Cleveland, Ohio (a move necessitated when the founder's wife embarked on a radiology residency via Case Western Reserve and The Cleveland Clinic).  Six years later the firm returned to West Virginia with the family's relocation to Greenbrier County.  It is today based in Lewisburg, West Virginia in the Tyree Dunn House, a restored 1805 landmark in Lewisburg's renowned historic district.


Below are some details on Mr. Gooding's non-professional background.


Mr. Gooding is a West Virginia native and the roots of his family in the state go back to the time of the American Revolution.  He grew up on family farms in Wetzel and Lewis Counties.  In fact, today Stonewall Resort's lodge offers a beautiful view across Stonewall Jackson Lake of the farm on which Mr. Gooding spent most of his boyhood.  The mid-19th century structures were dismantled during the lake's creation so that only the aging trees on the onetime lawn of the country home remain as a reminder.  At its zenith in 1860, this farm contained 1,800 acres, about a dozen structures, and housed 11 workers.

Throughout his life, Mr. Gooding has practiced something he calls "leadership tithing" by donating 10% of his work year to charities.  Among other projects in which he has become deeply involved, he was the founding chairman and president of the Morgantown Ronald McDonald House and led that effort, which began in 1987, until the House's opening in 1990.  He has led many other charitable boards, including that of the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, the United Way, and the Lewisburg Preservation Alliance, for which he is its founding President.
Mr. Gooding is an active promoter of Heritage Tourism Economic Development as an underutilized resource for the state.  As a result he is currently Vice President of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.  He also served five years on the Lewisburg Historic Landmarks Commission, and taking an active role in local government, he has long chaired the Nominating Committee of the Lewisburg Citizens Party which currently holds all elected offices in Lewisburg.  He is a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow.  He is a member of the Episcopal Church and has served multiple terms on its boards of directors.
Mr. Gooding is married to the former Kellie King, a native of Ceredo, West Virginia.  The couple married in 1987 and has two children: Daniel, age 17, and Elise, age 12.  Kellie is a Medical Doctor specializing in radiology and nuclear medicine.  She holds chemistry and medical degrees from West Virginia University and is an accomplished pianist.  Kellie completed her radiology residency through Case Western Reserve University and a nuclear radiology fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic, both in Cleveland, Ohio.  Kellie was an owner of the Greenbrier Clinic until recently, and today is the lead radiologist for the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, where the family resides.  Kellie and Dan love travel, classical music, art and architecture.




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