Tommy Meyer | Meyer Financial Group
Meyer Financial Group is a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services. The Thibodaux-based firm has a proficient, passionate and dependable team dedicated to serving their clients and community. That team is led by Tommy Meyer, who founded the company in 1998 as a sole proprietor. Over the years, the business has grown tremendously and has become a staple in the Bayou Region community because its members have helped many clients achieve their optimum financial potential and make sure to give back to their community.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced over the years and how did you meet it?
“The biggest challenge for me was being a good leader. We have a very strong team. Without them, I’m nothing. I always try to make sure that I maintain a positive and upbeat attitude. I just constantly prayed and made sure that I remembered the importance that they had and the impact they had on my life and helping me to be where I am.“
How do you see your company changing in the next five years and how do you see yourself creating that change?
“Our business is constantly changing, as it should be. From a regulatory standpoint, oversight is very important. I think over the next five years, probably the things that will change will be with regards to making sure that this industry is continuing to do what’s right for clients, while at the same time managing growth over the next five years. Technology changes quite a bit in this business. We have a lot of strong talent here and a lot of young people. Right now, I think what I’m looking for within the next five years is just adding to our practice, as far as clients, and helping people continue to do well from a financial standpoint.”
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“It came from a person, but at the same time, it’s a Bible verse. It’s ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings.’ I think that the best advice that I received from that was that some things don’t always make sense. But if we have our trust in the right place and we understand that there’s a bigger purpose for us, then it makes just every day that much easier.”
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
“The people around me are easily my biggest accomplishment. A lot of times I receive accolades that seem to be for an individual, but I can never accept those for myself because this team is remarkable. Every, single person in here believes in each other. And as a result of that, there’s almost nothing we can’t accomplish.”
Who has been your greatest influencer on your path to success?
“I would say my father. He always had a positive attitude. He had many ups and downs in his life, but he never gave up. What he was able to accomplish through that perseverance was remarkable. Both of my parents always made me feel as though there was nothing that I couldn’t accomplish.”
How are you going to impact the Bayou Region in 2020?
“We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. As a team, we know that our purpose in life is to help clients, but at the same time it is also to help the community that’s been so generous to us. We’re passionate about Nicholls and the positive impact that it has on the community. We host Acadia Music Fest through the Ben Meyer Foundation, which allows us to bring people together as a community. We also feel continuing to support local charities here that need help is important. ”
How do you start your workday?
“It’s pretty simple. I walk through the doors and the first thing I do is I say a prayer that’s on my desk every day. And that prayer helps me to understand that there’s nothing that I can’t do or overcome. Then I catch up with the team. I think it’s important to maintain a personal relationship with the people you work with. From there, I take a look and see what the day holds and prepare for it.”
Outside of work, what is something you are passionate about?
“My first passion is my children; that’s my first and most important one. I’m also very passionate about Acadia Music Fest that is put on through the Ben Meyer Foundation, which is named after my little brother who passed away. I’m passionate about trying to make him proud of what we’re able to accomplish through that. I’m very passionate about Nicholls, not only the athletic side but also the academic side and what it helps this community accomplish. And I’m very passionate about my faith.” •