Tommy Jackson (Founder / Lead Mentor)
Tommy Jackson’s life purpose is to help others find their true potential. His accomplishments in academics, business, athletics, music, and youth mentorship stretches over three decades.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude in Finance with an emphasis in Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery. In 2017, AUM awarded him the 2017 Business Alumni Of The Year. The following year, Jackson received one of AUM’s very highest honors in being named the University’s Top 50 Most Influential alumni in the school’s history.
Tommy’s dedication and love for Wealth Management has been a calling from day one. From a very humble beginning he has lived the dream believing “all things are possible!” Jackson was recognized by Barron’s magazine as a Top 1000 advisor in America in 2009, 2011, 2013, and as a Top 1200 advisor in 2014, 2015, and 2017. In 2013, he was honored by Barron’s as the #1 advisor in the state of Alabama. Jackson credits his team for his success. In 2018, Forbes Magazine rated him as one of the top 500 Wealth Managers in the country. In that same year Jackson decided to move his practice to his team to focus on inspiring young people.
Jackson now spends the majority of his time speaking to young people about what he calls the “Five Step Process Of Self Empowerment.” Though he chose not to have children of his own, Jackson’s connection with children has always been very real and deep. He started coaching little league football in 1995 as a way to give back to his community. After an impressive 36-1 record, he was presented the opportunity to be an assistant coach at Briarwood Christian High School where he helped lead the team to 3 Alabama State Championships. While the success was obviously seen on the field, it was the work done off the field with the kids that motivated him the most. He soon developed a mentorship program called the Knights from which he trained athletes throughout their high school, college, and professional careers including two Super Bowl appearances and a world ranked female tennis player.
Music has always been an important part of Tommy’s life. His brother Tim had been a successful musician and he was always surrounded by it. In 2008, Tommy founded First Note Entertainment which is a multi-dimensional music firm that develops artists, publishes songs, and produces live performances where First Note has achieved an impressive 175+ consecutive sold out shows. In 2017, Jackson launched a first-of-its-kind website called First Note Play which serves as an innovative way for independent artists to distribute their music to new audiences and build long term careers.
In 2018, Jackson founded the Rising Star Road Show as a way to combine his interests and gifts into one organization. Rising Star brings music and motivational speakers to schools and communities which gives Jackson a platform to do what he does best; inspire students to be their best selves and to make positive changes in their lives. Jackson believes that all people regardless of age, successes, or circumstances are rising stars and he wants to remind us all that we’re truly extraordinary.
Jamie Kent / Director of Operations
Jonathan Pears / Director of Marketing