Ryan Kelly received an M.S. in Financial Planning from the University of Georgia (UGA) in 2019 and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. At 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. During his time as an intern, Ryan was exposed to stories from Clients that kindled his passion for financial planning. Already enjoying the technical work of planning, Ryan found purpose in the intricacies of a Client’s situation 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 began the year by seeing three movies in January (Knives Out, Parasite, and Star Wars) and was delighted to see that Parasite took home several awards at the Oscars! Ryan is also excited for March Madness – the most exciting time of the college basketball season – and still can’t wait for the return of his Atlanta United to the field in MLS.
Current Update: A lot has changed since the beginning of the year! Ryan is currently “quarantining” in Atlanta with his mother and the family pets. He is valuing the time he has with his family and is glad to take advantage of every opportunity to stay connected with others. Although Ryan misses sports as an outlet, he is encouraged by the variety of ways that people are making the most of these unprecedented times. From apps like Houseparty, which encourage socializing from a distance, to videos like John Krasinski’s “Some Good News,” there are plenty of ways for people to remain positive.
Despite being far from home, Ryan continues to ensure that he is closely connected to the Yeske Buie team. Ryan is glad that he can continue to be there for his Clients despite the ever-changing circumstances, and he is motivated every day by his knowledge that his work is helping others.