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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Jeremy George, the official financial planner for Lipscomb University athletics, balances his business and a growing family. He has extended his contract as the official financial planner for three more years with Lipscomb.
As a corporate sponsor George feels a strong attachment to Lipscomb.
"Even before being asked to become a corporate sponsor, I had been coming back to Lipscomb for games and events as much as I could with all of our family commitments," George said. "I have fond memories of Lipscomb and the people that touched my life. If I can give back to the school that gave much to me, I am happy to, even if it’s a small amount.
"From a business standpoint the Lipscomb community is the type of people I want to work with. Working with people who have similar values and are going in the same direction are the people I want to attach myself too."
He took some time this week to talk with lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play baseball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I came to Lipscomb in 1999. Prior to that, I went to Columbia State the year after they went to the JUCO World Series, red-shirted for my freshman season and played for 1 season. I played three full seasons at Lipscomb through 2002. I played for Mel Brown for one season and Wynn Fletcher for two."
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?
"My grandmother, mother, sister and brother all went to Lipscomb. I thought I wanted to be different and not go to Lipscomb but I guess God had other plans for me.
"We scrimmaged Lipscomb twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, when I was at Columbia State. After my second year I had one more year of eligibility but decided I didn’t want to hang around. I had a really good red-shirt freshman year and had some other schools already showing interest.
"I called Coach Brown and told him I was ready to leave Columbia State and wanted to play for Lipscomb. After a campus visit, He gave me a scholarship to play for the Bisons."
What was your major?
"Business Management and Finance with a minor in Economics."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“My favorite athletic memory is my senior year when Lipscomb first transitioned to NCAA Division I. We went to a tournament in Miami, Fla., to play the Hurricanes the year after they won the National Championship.
“We got our first win that weekend from Kansas State and also beat Florida International (FIU), who was ranked in the top 25 that year, in a 14-inning game. We hung with Miami for much of the game but it just seemed surreal playing against guys we watched win the College World Series the year before. It was a great experience as Lipscomb transitioned to Division I athletics.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Both my coaches impacted me but in different ways. Coach Mel Brown was tough and pushed me to be a better player. He made me push beyond what I thought was my limit to be the best fielder I could be. A coaching transition is tough on everyone. Coach Wynn Fletcher came in and we had an immediate connection. Coach Fletcher entrusted me to step up and be a leader on the team both on and off the field.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"Honestly, it would the camaraderie of the guys on the baseball team. We pretty much went everywhere together. We lived together, ate together and spent most of our time on and off the field together. Although many of us aren’t as close as we were, I cherish those times."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"That I grew into my own personal faith. I came to Lipscomb to play baseball and get an education but it molded me into the person I am today. Many of the guys I played with were not followers of Jesus and they may not have made that decision while attending Lipscomb. However, I know that they were impacted in a powerful way and exposed to the true meaning of life while at Lipscomb.
“We are very impressionable in our college years and I know Lipscomb is making a lasting impression on the students that walk on and off that campus.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I would have to say Charles Frasier. Although I am a Certified Financial Planner I don’t enjoy working with numbers all day and so accounting was not my favorite subject. Mr. Frasier always made it as fun and entertaining as accounting can be.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am a Certified Financial Planner with Raymond James. Our local independent company is the Southwestern Investment Group. I work with individuals as their personal CFO, if you will. I can’t tell you how many successful and well educated people we work with simply because they either don’t have the time or don’t want to make the time it takes to devote to their personal finances. They focus on their business and what they are good at and we focus on them and what we are good at. We help them think about and focus on their goals, while we implement the action steps to grow and protect their wealth.
"I have been a financial planner for almost 12 years."
Tell us about your family.
“I feel truly blessed as a husband and father. While I and my family have seen heartache over the past few years, my quiver is full and I am grateful! I am married to the former Hannah Joiner, who ran track at Lipscomb. We have four children, Ella, Miles, Griffin and Trulie, with our fifth on the way in August. We have a busy but wonderful household."
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.