Growing up, Eric’s own family faced an unexpected tragedy that transpired in the loss of the family business and wealth. This loss fueled Eric’s passion for helping families and businesses live a better story by being more intentional. It was during this time that Eric discovered that money doesn’t cause problems; it simply reveals and magnifies the issues we have been ignoring.
Since 2007, Mr. Dunavant’s leadership of Paradiem has guided multiple families and businesses to discover the Greatness, Growth, Governance and Generosity in their story and how they can impact today, tomorrow and eternity. Pardiem’s experience is that most families do not realize that the pursuit of ROI (Return on Investment) is not in alignment with their true ROI (Return on Intention) and often creates unintended consequences. Most good tax and estate plans fuel poor family outcomes.
Before Paradiem, Mr. Dunavant served as a vice president for Charles Schwab. While at Charles Schwab, Mr. Dunavant helped to build the New Orleans private client office to the top national office in 2006. Before Charles Schwab, Mr. Dunavant was an associate at Fidelity Investments, in charge of the management of money market mutual funds.
Eric is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, a Qualified Kingdom Advisor™, and affiliated with the Financial Planning Association. In addition to his certifications, Mr. Dunavant has been awarded New Orleans City Business Money Maker twice, the New Orleans area Five Star Professional Wealth Manager award in back-to-back years, and Safe Harbor’s Real Man of St. Tammany Parish.
An accomplished writer, Mr. Dunavant’s book, What If We’ve Been Doing It All Wrong focuses on how our worldview often interrupts all our financial thinking and behavior. In addition to his writing accolades, Mr. Dunavant has been featured in several national publications and media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Daily Finance, and The Street and Family Wealth Report.
Eric is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a degree in business. Mr. Dunavant resides in Covington, Louisiana, with his wife Angel and their three children, Clayton, Austen, and Gracyn. It is Eric and Angel’s desire that they spread transformation through a life lived in intentional generosity.
Mr. and Mrs. Dunavant are the proud founders of To All With Love – a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to sharing the joy of service with others, and impacting their local community, in Central American villages and U.S. neighborhoods.
Five interesting facts about Eric
Copier Man – don’t tell anyone, but I know how to fix most broken copier issues.
R.G. LaTourneau on giving, “I shovel it out and God shovels it back, but God has a bigger shovel.”
My #1 favorite band is Switchfoot. Outside of that I’m a big fan of classic rock from the 70’s and 80’s.
BLACK – If I’m feeling wild I’ll get an iced vanilla coffee with coconut milk.
Outside of being married to my bride for over 20 years, I would say raising 3 caring and engaged kids. We aren’t done yet, but they are making their own way.