In college, Jeff Dobyns spent four hot, humid summers selling books door-to-door in the rural southeast for Southwestern Co. After graduating, he and his colleagues dove into the financial services sector—a career with air conditioning. Working at his Ohio CPA firm four years later, Dobyns saw a way to connect the two worlds. In 2002 he moved near Nashville, Tenn., and founded Southwestern Investment Group, a financial services arm of Southwestern Co. and an affiliate of Raymond James.

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