David & Elizabeth

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David Secrest

Managing Director, Barings

David Secrest is a native of the Charlotte area, was born in Shelby, and considers himself a local Charlottean. As the youngest child with two older brothers, David was active in a number of sports throughout his youth. He ultimately concentrated on football and was named as a placekicker and punter to the 1993 Shrine Bowl, an annual game that pits the best public school football players in North Carolina against their peers in South Carolina. He later played football at University of North Carolina, where he earned a business degree at the Kenan Flagler School of Business. Following his graduation from Chapel Hill in 1998, David returned to Charlotte, where he lives on Circle Avenue with Natalie, his wife of 11 years.

David began work as an analyst at First Union in 1998 before joining a small, specialized collateralized loan obligation team within Wachovia Asset Management. His Institutional Debt Management group was later acquired by Babson Capital Management, which rebranded as Barings in 2016. David remained committed to his team throughout his career and is now a Managing Director responsible for Primary Trading for the U.S. High Yield team at Barings.

David and Natalie enjoy cooking and refining their tastes in wine. He continues to maintain an active lifestyle and balances his culinary passions as an avid cyclist, golfer and outdoor enthusiast. He is equally committed to his community and has served on the Board of Ambassadors at Levine Children’s Hospital since 2012. He also serves as a direct liaison to the Charlotte community on behalf of Barings’ philanthropic efforts and outreach.

A few fun facts about David:

David loves growing tomatoes and hot peppers in his garden.

When he’s not in Charlotte, he’s usually in Linville, N.C., walking the golf course at Grandfather Golf and Country Club.


  1. John & Sarah: $66,080.00
  2. Patty & Juwan: $19,970.00
  3. Gene & Sarah: $9,240.00
  4. Jennifer & Drew: $9,125.00
  5. Kandi & James: $3,255.00
  6. David & Elizabeth: $2,625.00
Total Raised: $110,295.00

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Elizabeth Truell

Hometown: Columbia, SC
Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 4

Elizabeth, a native of Columbia, SC, began her ballet training with Debra Bricker at the age of 4. She then studied for one year at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. After attending a summer course at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Elizabeth decided to make the move there to continue her training with Marjorie Grundvig, Dennis Marshall, Janet Popeleski and Polyanna Ribiero. While in Pittsburgh, Elizabeth had the privilege of performing in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s productions of The Nutcracker and Coppelia, as well asPBT outreach performances. Elizabeth also spent summers at The Harid Conservatory, Charlotte Ballet Academy and the Chautauqua Institution. Elizabeth was a member of Charlotte Ballet 2 for the 2013/2014 Season.

A few fun facts about Elizabeth:

Dancing since: Age 4

Favorite local hangout: Not Just Coffee in 7th Street Market is easily the best coffee I’ve ever tasted

Favorite physical activity: I love going to Pilates at 8th Street Studio. Laney is the best and really makes me feel my powerhouse!

Favorite fairytale: Cinderella because it really shows how being beautiful on the inside makes you beautiful on the outside

Levine Children’s Hospital

Whether your family is dealing with a child’s sudden, serious health concern or a chronic illness, you’ll find help and support at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. We care for our patients in a warm, child-friendly environment, to help them feel better as they get better. And we do it by involving you – the family – every step of the way.

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