The financial services industry, along the Gulf Coast, lost one of the most honorable, hardworking and class-act men with whom I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Jonathan Charest was a true professional, taking care of the needs of others for his entire career. Forty-four years old is way too early for the Lord to take a man like him. But it’s not in our hands, the plan is in His.
Jonathan was a graduate of the University of South Alabama. He affiliated with Principal when he entered the financial services industry, teaming with his father, Don. He would eventually purchase the business from him. After earning his MSFS, Jonathan focused on building a consultative practice. He affiliated with ProEquites and First Protective in 2010 and built his business by purchasing other advisors’ books of business. Jonathan quickly became a regular Elite Producer with First Protective and reached the Elite level with ProEquities.
Jonathan enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. In his spare moments, he would venture outdoors and target practice. If you knew him well, he would share with you his thoughts on the world issues and how those might impact the markets and financial plans of clients. He was often right about many significant market corrections.
Jonathan was a true friend to others in this business. He was always willing to assist and provide his thoughts on a situation. But he was also a man that knew he didn’t know everything and would seek counsel when he needed direction. While I am deeply saddened by this loss, I’m extremely grateful for being his friend and associate.
Please join me in praying for his wife Ashlie, and his daughters Emily and Kimberly during this time as they grieve the loss of a tremendous husband and father.
Written by guest blogger, Jay Stubbs, CLU, Regional Director, First Protective.