In 1999, Jeff began his career in finance with a regional brokerage firm after a successful four years as a student athlete at the University of Tennessee. While at UT, he was a captain of the 1998 National Championship football team, a four-time All-SEC placekicker, a four-time Academic All-SEC student athlete and was named SEC kicker of the decade for the 1990s. He continues to hold the career scoring record at the University of Tennessee as well as the longest field goal made in the state of Tennessee at 62 yards.
Jeff will be the first to tell you that success in one area of life does not automatically translate to success elsewhere. His transition into the real world was filled with failures and disappointments. Not long afterwards, Lytle Rather and Chris Kittrell hired him as the first employee at Rather & Kittrell in 2002. As a result of their belief in him he dedicated his professional career to helping others avoid the same mistakes he had made and instead, be good stewards of their resources. Almost 10 year later, Jeff became a partner at Rather & Kittrell which solidified a succession plan for the firm. He continues helping successful families become thriving families and working with employers who want to help their employees make work optional.
Jeff holds a BS in Business Administration with a major in marketing and minor in speech communications from the University of Tennessee. His pursuit of lifelong learning and technical proficiency led him to earn the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification as well as the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) certification after completing coursework at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
He has the honor of being married to his best friend, Stacey, and is the proud father of four of the happiest kids you’ll ever meet, AJ, Hadley, Olivia and Ethan. They live in Farragut, Tennessee, and are actively involved in local and overseas Christian ministries.