Ryan Kelly, CFP® earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and an M.S. in Financial Planning from the University of Georgia (UGA) in 2019. Ryan passed the third part of the Special Enrollment Examination in February 2020 and became an Enrolled Agent in April 2020. Ryan earned the CFP® Certification in September 2021.
As a student of the University of Texas, Ryan dove into the school’s culture and joined the Longhorn Band. Outside of his musical pursuits, Ryan joined the Alpha Omega campus ministry, becoming a student leader during his third semester. With Alpha Omega, Ryan led small group discussions, participated in on-campus and community outreach, and fostered a sense of unity in the ministry. At UGA, Ryan continued his involvement with Alpha Omega and became a member of UGA’s Student Financial Planning Association.
In 2018, Ryan took an internship with Signature FD, a fee-only financial planning firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Although he was often handed the typical tasks of an intern (making copies, filing documents, and building reports), it was that exposure to clients’ stories that kindled Ryan’s passion for financial planning. Already enjoying the technical work of planning, Ryan found purpose in the intricacies of clients’ situations and the variety of work that was presented each day in the office.
Outside of the office, Ryan enjoys recreational soccer and tennis and is an avid fan of Atlanta United, his hometown MLS team. Ryan has also had several opportunities to travel the world and always welcomes opportunities to venture outside of his comfort zone, whether that is within the city or around the globe.
Client Focus: Ryan is excited to meet YOU! He has developed a passion for financial planning through actively listening to Clients’ unique personal financial story, and he is excited to learn about your family, your passions, and your Live Big goals.
Current Update: As the season changes from summer to fall, Ryan is enjoying a change of pace in his personal life. Recently, Ryan has been playing tennis with friends, eating good food (check out Kinship in DC for a great night out!), and following his favorite sports teams. Ryan can proudly say, “I was there!” when Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves hit his 40th home run to help him secure his place at the top of baseball history, becoming the only player ever to hit 40 home runs and steal 70 bases.
Ryan looks forward to attending some live music events in the fall and is a bit relieved not to have a busy calendar aside from that. The end of the year will surely find a way to keep Ryan busy, whether it’s through holiday travel with family, year-end tax planning, or any other events that may surprise him before the end of the year.