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 uncovering the tools and developing an outlook that facilitates passing wisdom and wealth through multi-generational legacies while building the Kingdom of God. Since 2007, Mr. Dunavant’s leadership of Paradiem has resulted in his clients being able to maximize their family or business value, minimize taxes, and optimize charitable giving while building lasting legacies.
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, not our faith in Christ, 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 their children learn early in life of God’s grace and the tremendous joy associated with sharing God’s love through service to others. The Dunavants are members of First Baptist Church of Covington and Eric serves on many nonprofit and faith-based boards. Mr. and Mrs. Dunavant are the proud founders of Doing Good Days – 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.