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SageSpring Wealth Partners Launches Cotignola Wealth Team

FRANKLIN, Tenn., January 3rd, 2023 –– SageSpring Wealth Partners, a prominent wealth advisory firm, is excited to announce the launch of the Cotignola Wealth Team led by financial advisor Chris Cotignola. This now leads to a total of more than 49 wealth teams across 11 offices.

Chris Cotignola’s journey with SageSpring Wealth Partners began as a mentee on the Eric J. Shapiro Wealth Team for two years. During that time, Cotignola had the opportunity to hone his skills, gain valuable insights, and develop a deep understanding of the firm’s dedication to comprehensive client service. “I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor,” shares Chris. “When I changed careers from education, it was really important for me to be able to find someone to learn from so the mentorship program at SageSpring really stood out to me,” Chris continued.  “Eric always supported my goal of starting my own wealth team, and I feel so grateful to be making this a reality now.”

Expressing gratitude for the journey and the individuals he has met along the way, Chris reflects, “I was surrounded by exemplary role models right when I joined SageSpring as a mentee. Now, with the opportunity to go on my own, I feel the same gratitude.  I have so many talented and experienced people to support me in this new journey. When I’m faced with a new challenge, I know there’s someone who has gone before me who is willing to help. I hope I can continue this beautiful cycle of mentorship we have at SageSpring.”

As leader of the Cotignola Wealth Team, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for serving clients with excellence. Transitioning from a career in education to finance, Chris emphasizes the importance of continuous learning. “I have always loved to learn and it’s this hunger for learning that helps me become a better financial advisor every single day.” In the same way, Chris values the opportunity to teach and considers it a key aspect of his ethos. “I strive to educate my clients so they are empowered to make more informed decisions about their finances.” “Whether it’s a busy working professional or a solopreneur, I believe we can make a greater impact in our clients’ lives by taking this approach,” says Cotignola.

The Cotignola Wealth Team is officially open in Omaha, Nebraska, and is accepting new clients for 2024. 

About SageSpring 

From its humble beginnings in 2002 to today, SageSpring–formerly Southwestern Investment Group–has continuously taken a holistic approach to financial advice. By prioritizing clients’ wellbeing, SageSpring gets to know what matters to clients in order to tailor counsel, helping clients reach their financial goals. SageSpring’s comprehensive money-management strategies are designed to help clients build a life of wealth and long-lasting financial independence. 

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Investment advisory services offered through SageSpring Wealth Partners, an independent registered investment adviser. SageSpring Wealth Partners is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Representatives may not be registered to offer securities and advisory services in all states. 


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Jeffrey T. Dobyns


President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS 

Jeffrey T. Dobyns

President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS

Beyond crunching numbers and investment strategies, at SageSpring, we’re about building relationships. When you encounter Founder & President of SageSpring, Jeff Dobyns, it’s easy to understand why this is at the very heart of who we are as a firm. You won’t find stuffy formalities with Jeff; instead, you can expect to find him sharing a warm smile, communicating a compelling vision, or patiently untangling life’s complex challenges with clients. He believes in truly getting to know clients, understanding their aspirations and priorities, and navigating their financial plans with a tailored, comprehensive approach. Our team members have often been caught taking notes on Jeff’s effortless relationship skills from a distance, and we admire them for striving to learn from one of the best. 

Jeff’s financial expertise and wisdom are the perfect match to his innate people skills. Jeff holds the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChLU®) designations, and has held executive positions with financial planning firms for more than two decades. 

His dedication extends beyond the office to the boardroom and the local community, where Jeff is passionate about giving back. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Men of Valor, a prison ministry and mentoring program. Jeff also serves on the board of Send Musicians to Prison, which shares hope, healing and restoration with the imprisoned through musicians & artists. Jeff actively supports other initiatives in the community by sitting on the board of The Signatry of Middle Tennessee and the Halftime Institute of Nashville. 

Witnessing his four children, Gracyn, Hunter, Tanner, and Logan, excel on the field is almost just as rewarding, if not more, than celebrating the victories of seeing his clients overcome obstacles and build wealth. Spending weekends boating on the lake, hiking mountain trails, and fishing with his family are the moments Jeff cherishes most. It’s this grounded perspective that reveals the true meaning of wealth for Jeff: not just numbers on a page, but the freedom to create experiences that enrich your life and the lives of those you love. When you choose the Dobyns McMillin Wealth Team, you choose more than financial expertise. You choose a partner who champions your dreams, celebrates your victories, and walks besides you on the path to achieving your unique goals.

**Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.