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Waddell & Associates names Teresa J.W. Bailey as president of Nashville office

Waddell & Associates names Teresa J.W. Bailey as president of Nashville office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 22, 2023)—Waddell & Associates (W&A)—an SEC-registered investment advisory firm with offices in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and Aspen, Colo.—promoted Teresa J.W. Bailey to president of the firm’s Nashville office. In this role, Bailey continues to serve her clients as a senior wealth strategist.

She joined the W&A team in 2017, bringing with her a decade of experience in advising small business owners and high net worth individuals. Alongside her wealth management experience, Bailey has built a professional services business from the ground up, affording her invaluable firsthand knowledge of the entrepreneurial world her clients live in.

Bailey is known for enriching her clients’ financial worlds and building the W&A name by leading brand development, developing educational content and driving the overall growth strategy for W&A.

“As an adept problem solver, leader and strategist, Teresa has been a tremendous asset to our team for the last six years,” said David Waddell, W&A’s CEO and chief investment strategist. “I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of this promotion. She won’t say it about herself, but she is truly a trailblazer. She has changed W&A for the better by spearheading our marketing efforts and countless other pivotal projects.”

Bailey has over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds the designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® and is an alumnus of the University of Memphis, where she studied business administration with an emphasis in corporate finance.

“The past five years at W&A have been remarkable,” Bailey said. “When I moved to Nashville I truly had no idea what the future had in store for me, but I knew it would be something special. My team at W&A has become more like family. I can’t express how lucky I feel to continue my career doing what I love with a team that I admire.” 

As a passionate advocate for women entering the financial planning field, Bailey was named one of Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2016. Most recently, in 2022, she was named a finalist for RIA Intel’s Advisor of the Year, Think Advisor’s Luminaries Awards and Wealth Management’s Industry Awards. She is a member of the Exceptional Women Alliance, Economic Club of Nashville and Nashville chapter of The Private Directors Association. Bailey is also a finance, insurance and real estate advisory board member for the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis.

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About Waddell & Associates

Founded in 1986, Waddell and Associates (W&A) is an SEC-registered investment advisory firm dedicated to enriching life by providing clarity. W&A aims to provide financial planning, investment management and communications services. W&A clients are entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals, families, trusts, foundations, pension plans and institutions who have entrusted the firm to manage their investments and planning needs. For more information about Waddell & Associates, visit