Management Team

Teddy Welch, Sr.
Senior Partner

Growing up, Ted Welch had a desire to learn how to really make money and make it work for you. After earning a BBA in marketing with a minor in finance from Valdosta State University and working as a business professional for several years, Ted started his financial planning career. In 2003, Ted formed Strategic Wealth Group, LLC.

In 2013, Jay Joiner became an integral part of Strategic Wealth Group. During this time, Ted was serving on a mission trip in Nicaragua. While in Nicaragua, Ted saw two oxen plowing a field. Ted and Jay had been friends for years, but it wasn’t until later while reading scripture that Ted truly realized that the two men could accomplish so much more together than alone, just like the oxen he had seen. This was the catalyst to forming a strategic partnership between Ted and Jay.

Today, Ted and Jay are partners in Strategic Wealth Group, LLC, located in Valdosta and Albany Georgia. Their practice focuses on evaluating the efficiency of their clients’ current financial situation. They enjoy teaching clients about wealth maximization strategies, tax planning strategies, leveraging their assets, and legacy planning (asset transfer). Their target markets are business owners/executives, medical and dental physicians and agricultural/land owners.

Outside of work, Ted and his wife, Sherri, have two children, Teddy and Addison. Teddy joined Strategic Wealth in January 2016 after graduating with his BBA in Finance from Valdosta State University. Ted and Sherri enjoy running, Florida State football, traveling and spending time with family. They are active in their church and love sharing their faith in Jesus Christ.

James L. Joiner IV (Jay)
Senior Partner

Growing up on a farm in South Georgia, Jay Joiner learned values and developed relationships that shaped him into who he is today. After graduating from Valdosta State University with a degree in marketing, Jay knew he wanted to build a career with and around the people he cared so much about.

In July of 1999, Jay began working with New York Life. It was there that he was taught the basics of financial planning and the importance of working with a team. With help from his mentor, Warren Budd, Jay began focusing primarily on business succession and estate planning. As Jay’s business continued to grow, so did his clients- which is when he decided he needed to grow his team.

In 2010, Jay formed a great friendship with Ted Welch, who later became his partner at Strategic Wealth Group. Their partnership is unique because it is directly tied to their Christian belief system. They see this profession as a great way to be a servant leader and really help people achieve their goals and dreams.

When Jay is not working, he spends as much time as he can with his family. He and his Wife, Lyndsey, have two boys, Hudson and Jackson. They are active in their church and love spending time at their farm. Jay is most passionate about his faith, family and friends.

Paul "Tripp" Bridges III
Senior VP & Financial Advisor

The road to Strategic Wealth Group was full of twists and turns for Tripp Bridges. He was raised in the small town of Brinson, GA where his parents taught him to live by three simple principals: love Jesus, work hard but smart, and always do what you say you’re going to do. Growing up in Brinson, Tripp was surrounded by some of the most successful farmers in the United States. He developed a love for agriculture and the outdoors. While attending college at Georgia Southwestern, Tripp always had a job. He did a little bit of everything, from waiting tables to selling wholesale electrical supplies- even finishing concrete. By working in so many different environments, Tripp gained the ability to relate to people from all walks of life. He believes that is a big reason for his success in financial planning.

It was not until after college that Tripp found his calling to be an advisor. Tripp joined the financial services industry after the owner of the farm he was managing at the time tragically died from brain cancer. It was then that he learned first-hand the importance of estate planning, and he became obsessed with protecting the farming lifestyle. After talking many times with Jay Joiner, Tripp began his career with one of the largest life insurance companies in the world, earning many different insurance and investment licenses. In his first year he was named the Rookie of the Year and received many other accolades. He was able to learn not only from Jay, but from some of the most experienced planners in the business, which greatly helped in accelerating his career.

One of the founding members of Strategic Wealth Group, Tripp devotes his time to helping entrepreneurs plan for the unique challenges life presents. His goal? To help his clients keep their promises.

Outside of work Tripp and his wife Katie enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and going to Florida State games… That is, when he isn’t out in the woods or working cows!

Steven R. Pope (Ryan)
Financial Services Executive

Ryan Pope was introduced to the business world long before he realized he would one day be a part of it. Most weekends during his childhood, you could find him walking the fairways with his dad and his business partners. While he was mastering his golf game he was also really beginning to understand the significance of relationships and how much they can impact your life.

Ryan was offered several golf scholarships but ultimately decided to stay close to home and attend Darton College State University where he received a degree in business administration and a certificate in accounting. He then moved to Valdosta, GA and began a career in transportation as a quality inspector. Ryan moved back to Albany, Ga and 9 months later he and his wife Ashlee had their first child. It was then that Ryan felt the call to get into the finance world. Ryan’s father had been in this industry for most of his career and introduced Ryan to the brightest minds in the area. After getting advice from several leaders in the industry, Ryan began his financial career with New York Life.

In Ryan’s first year he received the Thomas Flournoy Award for top young producer, made executive council, and earned several other honors. In November of 2014, Ryan left New York Life to join Strategic Wealth Group where he made the leaders council in his first year and helped to develop some of their young talent. His specialized areas of practice are personal planning, college funding, and employee benefits. He finds helping someone put a plan together that protects all of their dreams very rewarding.

Ryan and Ashlee live in Leesburg, GA with their two boys, Riles and Britt. They attend Providence Church in Albany, GA. Ryan still enjoys playing golf, so when he’s not spending time with his wife and kids, you can find him on the golf course... or cheering on UGA. GO DAWGS!