Tess Downing
Tess Downing34

Senior financial adviser,
FJY Financial

Fast Facts

  • Chose financial planning over engineering and pharmacy.
  • Was a three-sport high school athlete: volleyball, softball and basketball.
  • Likes planning travel as much as actually going on the trip.

At Texas Tech University, financial planning was a "hidden program," Tess Downing said. But when she found it, it almost immediately resonated with her desire to work in a field that was analytical, detail-oriented and had a direct, personal connection with clients.

Ms. Downing took a job with FJY in Reston, Va., upon graduation. But she’s still attached to her alma mater, serving on the Texas Tech Personal Financial Planning Alumni Advisory Board for six years. She also works with the mentorship program for alumni and financial planning students, being a mentor to eight students so far.

“If students understand the relationship, they can blossom and it can be fruitful," she said.

Now 10 years with FJY, she chairs its Financial Planning Committee, which is focused on furthering the knowledge of all the advisers in the office, and is director of technology.

Ms. Downing also speaks at local and national events, and is involved in FPA and FPA NexGen, as well as NAPFA.

— Dan Smith


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