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The Sky's the Limit

by Damian Jennette

Originally from Fayetteville, Georgia, I moved to Newnan after being released from active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in August 2003. I was aware of UWG Newnan and knew of its reputation, but the summer of 2008 fast tracked my decision to pursue my MBA.

The Sky's the LimitI have been a licensed pilot for more than two-thirds of my life, flying commercially for over 14 years of my 37-year life span. I started flying at the age 0f 14, soloing my first airplane at the age of 16, and becoming licensed at the age of 17. I served as a flight instructor, charter pilot, captain with Atlantic Southeast Airlines, AirTran Airways, and then Southwest Airlines. I have a love of flying but 2008 opened my eyes to the volatility of my industry. The financial meltdown forced many airlines to downsize and/or file bankruptcy. I quickly determined that I needed a back-up plan, especially with a newborn. My love of finance and financial planning turned from a dream into a vivid reality. I knew that I needed an advanced graduate degree to give me a competitive edge. After “shopping around,” I determined the most economical and successful route was through an MBA with the University of West Georgia. In addition to my flying career, I started out as a stockbroker building up my book of business in the summer of 2009 after passing my Series 7 and 63 exams. This was my stepping stone that would allow me to open up my own registered investment advisory (RIA) firm.

After obtaining my MBA, I successfully opened my own RIA practice in 2014. I now operate in a rich market of millennials and retirees, both markets expanding every month. In addition to my practice and flying career, I also serve as an arbitrator with the securities industry through FINRA. Who knows what the next adventure might be?

I consider my education through UWG a major component of my success. I am grateful to the dedicated faculty and staff that were my strongest educational advocates throughout my journey.


Damian Jennette lives in Newnan with his wife Elizabeth and their two kids, Ella (7) and Hayes (2). Elizabeth works for UWG as associate director of development in Newnan. His firm’s practice is located at 9110 Selborne Ln., Suite 200, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia 30268. (Serenbe above “The Hil” Restaurant).

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