Southwestern Investment Group Acquires Columbia, Tennessee-Based Raymond James Affiliate Office

Nashville, Tenn. (September, 17 2019)—Southwestern Investment Group, an independent financial planning firm, supported through broker-dealer, Raymond James Financial Services, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a Columbia, Tennessee-based Raymond James affiliate office led by Raymond James Financial Advisor, Ernie Allen, Jr., effective [September, 17 2019]. The new office will operate at 816 South Main Street in Columbia, Tennessee.

Established in 2002, Southwestern Investment Group takes an integrated, long-term approach to helping clients plan their financial lives and build wealth. Through its advisor teams—supported through broker-dealer, Raymond James Financial Services—Southwestern Investment Group has come together to provide clients with a service level that is personal and intimate.

Jeff Dobyns, President of Southwestern Investment Group, says, “Southwestern Investment Group is committed to maintaining and growing the Columbia office. Ernie Allen, Jr will continue to service clients with the assistance of Lucas Swatzell, Vice President at Southwestern Investment Group and Investment Management Consultant for Raymond James Financial Services. We’re excited about this new partnership and proud to be well-represented in Columbia.”

For over two decades, Ernie Allen, Jr. has been advising clients in financial services. He started his career in 1998 with Hilliard Lyons in Columbia, TN and enjoys helping clients reach their retirement and life goals. In 2002, Ernie and Bob Duling opened the first Raymond James office in Columbia.

“Joining the renowned Southwestern Investment Group team is a genuine honor, and this new environment will continue to allow me to help my clients, while also offering the opportunity for comprehensive financial planning,” affirms Allen.

Allen completed his higher education at Middle Tennessee State University and continued his professional education by receiving his series 7, 8, 66, and life, health, and insurance licenses. Ernie is a Certified Investment Management Consultant through the Raymond James Institute of Management Consulting, and he also holds a certificate from Belmont University’s Executive Education Program for Financial Planning.

To learn more about how Southwestern Investment Group’s wealth teams work together to improve individuals’ financial lives, visit the company’s new website at

About Southwestern Investment Group:
Southwestern Investment Group was established in 2002 as an independent firm and manages over $3 billion in client assets. The advisors at Southwestern Investment Group use Raymond James Financial Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, as their broker-dealer, which allows them to have the support of a large company while offering the personalized services of a small firm. Southwestern Investment Group uses sensible, sound, and conservative investment strategies and holistic services to enhance and protect your wealth. For more information, visit

About Raymond James Financial Services
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. is a financial services firm supporting independent financial advisors nationwide. Since 1974, Raymond James Financial Services Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, has provided a wide range of investment and wealth planning related services through its affiliate, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. Both broker/dealers are wholly owned subsidiaries of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF) a leading diversified financial services company with approximately 7,900 financial advisors throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are $831 billion.

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