Gary Lee Kieffner, Jr., MBA, CFP

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The Kieffner Family

obentrance2.jpgGary and his wonderful wife Dana are life long residents of DeSoto County.  Gary grew up both in Marshal County on the family farm and in Southaven while Dana is from Walls.  They met in a calculus class at Northwest Mississippi Community College.  After Dana finished pastry chef school at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, they married in 1997 and moved to the Olive Branch area in 2000 for it's family atmosphere and great schools.  They have three boys: Zachary who is 12, Tyler who's 8 and Connor whi just turned 5.

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A Professional
Gary is a Senior Financial Planning Analyst and Comprehensive Plan Author for Brandon Financial Planning, Inc. where he has worked since 1998.  In his present responsibilities, Gary performs the integral analysis of personal and corporate investments, risk parameters, as well as, estate and legacy programs to create personal wealth.  Gary also manages the firm’s Information and Internet technologies.  
   
Gary is a 1987 graduate of Southern Baptist Educational Center where he participated in student government and varsity athletics.   After attending Memphis State University and Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he was on the Dean's list, he completed his undergraduate work for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University, where he was an Honor’s graduate with a double major in Economics/Finance and Management.  In May of 2001, Gary completed the necessary graduate  course work at the College of Finanical Planning in Denver, Colorado to sit for the two-day comprehensive Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam.  He passed the CFP exam in July of 2001 on his initial sitting.  Gary earned his Master of Business Administartion from CBU in 2011 with a perfect 4.0 grade point.
Gary has appeared on WREG TV Channel 3's "Live at 9" and evening news program and has been quoted in The Commercial Appeal, Financial Planning Magazine and The Memphis Business Journal where he was also chosen as a Spotlight profile.  He also has done interviews on financial topics on WREC radio AM600.

Community
SoccerFall2008051.jpgOver the past several years, Gary has been involved with many organizations in Olive Branch.  He has been a volunteer with the Olive Branch Chamber where he is a long time member.  He has coached youth basketball with the Upwards program at both Longview Heights Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Olive Branch, as well as, been a volunteer coach in the Olive Branch City Parks and Recreation's baseball (7-8 year olds) and its youth soccer (4-5 year olds) program.  He is currently coaching under 8 soccer in Olive Branch.  He and his wife have been PTO volunteers at both DeSoto County Schools where their children have attended and Gary is involved with Mississippi Parents Campaign as well.  Gary and his family attend Life Fellowship Church on Davidson Road in Olive Branch.

LEADERSHIP

Gary is a leader both locally, regionally and nationally.  Gary has worked to organize neighborhoods to work for smart growth with county and city government and has spoken up for citizens at both the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors and the Olive Branch Board of Alderman.  He has served as President of the DeSoto County Republican Club from 2000 -2002 and served on the DeSoto County Republican Executive Committee from 2002 through 2004 where he was the Communications Committee Chair.  After serving as Government Relations Director for 2 years, he is now serving in his second term as President of the Financial Planning Association of the Mid-South, a three state professional financial organization that covers North Mississippi, Western Tennessee, and Eastern Arkansas. On a national level, Gary is serving as the co-chair of the Presidents and President-elect Task Force for the Financial Planning Association which is based in Denver CO.