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Team Spotlight: Tess Downing

The latest installment in our regular Q&A session where we sit down with members of the FJY team to find out a little bit more about what exactly they do here and what makes them tick.

This Month: Senior Financial Advisor: Tess Downing


How has FJY changed/grown since you’ve been here?  
When I started with FJY Financial in 2008, there were 5 employees! We now have two office locations (Reston and Midland, TX) as well as 12 employees. Despite our growth, we still have a lot of the same characteristics that made me choose FJY in the first place. We have also improved our technology offering to clients and continue to show our involvement in the industry. I’m excited to see what the next 10 years bring.

What do you enjoy most about working in the financial planning industry?
I have the privilege of getting to know my clients very well. I also have the opportunity to help them as they work through their life goals. It is hard to find a profession that allows you to work very closely with people as well as “crunch the numbers!”

Describe what you were like at age 10.
I consulted the expert, my mother, on this question. In her words, I was very athletic, curious, and energetic. I was always organizing activities for my friends and that year in school I was the best citizen of my class. I also loved to have a “perfect” ponytail for my basketball and volleyball games.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? 
This is a hard question. My most memorable experience would be a safari in South Africa where we saw the “Big 5.” My favorite spot to travel would be Kauai, HI. It is absolutely breathtaking and I love photographing the many landscapes there. The US National Parks (Glacier, Zion, and Yellowstone) are next on my travel list.

What have you always wanted to try and never done?
Many things but to stick with the adventure theme …..Scuba dive!