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Helping Clients Stay the Course

The advisors at Lighthouse Wealth Team oversee financial matters for families in Franklin, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas. Our services provide guidance and comfort to our clients in the same way a lighthouse guides a ship on the open seas.

About Us

While we have decades of experience, we’re constantly learning about new financial strategies, investment options, and tax policies. We enjoy educating our clients about the best approaches they can take to accumulating wealth and using it wisely. We know our clients are able to make the strongest decisions for the future when they understand their options. We bring our years of knowledge and our earnest advice to explain those options in a clear, concise, and unbiased manner.

We’re committed to helping our clients have the confidence to retire comfortably and plan for a conservative, debt-free life. Confidence, calmness, and peace comes from having a plan. We want all our clients to experience the independence and freedom that successful financial planning can provide.

Meet Our Team

Learn more about each of the dedicated members of the Lighthouse Wealth Team.

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Daniel Peterman

CFP®

Financial Professional, RJFS

615.861.6108

Rich Smith
Rich Smith

Senior Executive Vice President, SageSpring | Founder & Emeritus Wealth Advisor, LHWG | Financial Professional, RJFS 

615.861.6111

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Dorothi Brown

Registered Operations Associate, SageSpring 

615.861.6122

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Kelly Lynch

Client Services Associate, RJFS

615.861.6122

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Luke Fairchild

Paraplanner, SageSpring | Branch Professional, RJFS

615.861.6107

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Our Location

Corporate Headquarters
801 Crescent Centre Dr., Suite 600
Franklin, TN 37067

Phone Number
615.861.6124

Recent Insights

866.712.1657
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Dorothi Brown

Registered Operations Associate, SageSpring 
615.861.6122

Dorothi Brown 

Registered Operations Associate, SageSpring

Originally from Middle Tennessee, Dorothi Brown graduated from Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and management. She has been working in the financial industry for over 13 years, previously with TD Ameritrade as an operations manager and Ameriprise Financial as an associate financial advisor. Dorothi was drawn to SageSpring Wealth Partners because of our company culture, core values, and exceptional client service.

She now serves in the Operations Associate role, delegating daily tasks, managing and uploading meeting notes, managing emails, and corresponding with our marketing team. She is also the point person for Raymond James and SEC audits for the Lighthouse Wealth Team. In addition, Dorothi holds her Series 7, Series 24, Series 63, and Series 66 and Tennessee Life, Health, and Annuity licenses, making her an integral asset to the team.

Outside of work, Dorothi enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and two fur babies. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and being a Girl Scout Leader.

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Kelly Lynch

Client Services Associate, RJFS
615.861.6122

Kelly Lynch

Client Services Associate, RJFS

A Franklin, Tennessee native, Kelly Lynch graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and has over 10 years of experience in customer service. She began her career with SageSpring Wealth Partners in 2018 as the Office Coordinator and joined the Lighthouse Wealth Team shortly after as the team’s Client Services Associate.

Kelly’s primary roles on the team consist of the account opening and maintenance processes, maintaining the team’s schedule, and assisting with transfers and money movement. Her favorite thing about working at the company is how warm and welcoming everyone is. “You will never meet a stranger in the office,” Kelly says.

Beyond the office, Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, doing light gardening and reading.

Rich Smith
Rich Smith

Senior Executive Vice President, SageSpring | Founder & Emeritus Wealth Advisor, LHWG | Financial Professional, RJFS 
615.861.6111

Rich Smith

Senior Executive Vice President, SageSpring | Founder & Emeritus Wealth Advisor, LHWG | Financial Professional, RJFS

Rich Smith started his career with Southwestern/Great American Inc. selling books part-time with Southwestern and paying his way through Taylor University in Indiana. After college, Rich joined the company full-time as a sales representative. He quickly moved into a leadership position with Great American and developed the largest organization in the company. He served as divisional Vice President and was recently inducted as a Charter Member into Great American’s Hall of Fame. In his 39 year career with the company, he has also served as a Corporate Board Member of Southwestern/Great American Inc.

In January 2006, Rich made the decision to leave Great American and follow his passion in the area of personal finance to join a sister company, Southwestern Investment Group (now known as SageSpring Wealth Partners), as a Raymond James financial advisor. He quickly distinguished himself there becoming a member of the Leadership Board and a Senior Vice President.

Rich has received his Series 7, Series 66, and Life and Annuity Insurance Licenses. He is registered with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Rich’s focus is helping his clients build wealth through Comprehensive Financial Planning with a specialty in fee-based* professional money management, tax planning strategies, and exceptional customer service.

Rich has been married to Rhonda, a middle school principal at Christ Presbyterian Academy, for 37 years. They have three children who are all married and live in the Nashville area, along with grandchildren. Besides spending time with family, Rich enjoys watching sports, reading, and playing golf.

*Clients should periodically re-evaluate whether the use of an asset-based fee continues to be appropriate in servicing their needs. A list of additional considerations, as well as the fee schedule, is available in the firm’s Form ADV Part II as well as the client agreement.

Neither Raymond James Financial Services nor any Raymond James Financial Advisor renders advice on tax issues, these matters should be discussed with the appropriate professional.

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Daniel Peterman

CFP®

Financial Professional, RJFS
615.861.6108

Daniel Peterman

Financial Professional, RJFS

Daniel Peterman joined SageSpring Wealth Partners after serving as a financial advisor for several years at another national firm. He earned a double major and graduated with honors from the University of Alabama, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional, with the following licenses: Series 7, Series 66, Life, Health and Annuity Licenses.

Daniel partners with clients to help them set goals and develop their comprehensive plan. His goal is to help bring simplicity to complicated situations. After working as a standalone advisor, Daniel understood the importance of being a part of a team to better serve clients. He says that working alongside likeminded people who have a servant mentality is his favorite part of SageSpring.

In his free time, Daniel loves spending time at Center Hill Lake with his wife, Kendal, and his nine-year-old pit-bull, Tasha. Daniel is an avid hunter, and he and his wife enjoy cooking dinner at least six nights a week.

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Jeffrey T. Dobyns

CFP®, CLU, CHFC

President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS 
615-861-6102

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.