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Paul C. Allen, CFP®, MS

President & CEO
Paul Allen and dog posing for a picture

Paul is the president and CEO of Wealth Strategies Partners and a financial executive with more than three decades of industry experience. Paul founded Wealth Strategies Partners in 2014 to provide comprehensive, white glove financial planning services to retirees, entrepreneurs, business owners and executives. He and his experienced team work with clients on an individual basis to create customized, strategic, financial plans that are tailored to their unique needs.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and subsequently earned his master’s degree in personal financial planning from the College for Financial Planning. He went on to hold executive positions at global financial firms, including Prudential Securities and Aintree Capital, LLC, where he rose to the role of vice president.

Paul was named a Best-in-State Wealth Advisor by Forbes magazine in 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2018. He has also been named a member of the Raymond James Financial Services’ Chairman’s Council, a distinction given only to those financial advisors who have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to personal service and lead the largest revenue-producing branches, for five years in a row since 2019. He has achieved the Certified Financial Planner™ certification, which is earned after completing a rigorous CFP® exam and meeting ongoing certification renewal requirements.

Paul is a sought after speaker on timely financial topics and industry trends such as charitable giving strategies, stock market history and performance, generational wealth planning and more. He is frequently engaged to speak to leading institutions and conferences, such as the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Invest: Tampa Bay and Invest: Nashville Conferences. Regarded as an industry thought leader, his insights have been published by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Tennessean, Nashville Business Journal, Sarasota Business Observer, and other prominent print and digital publications.  

Paul is a Nashville native and splits his time between the practice’s offices in Nashville and Sarasota. He believes in investing in the community and currently serves on the board of Harpeth Conservancy, a leading conservation organization dedicated to restoring and protecting clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee, and is a Circle Member at the Ringling Art Museum in Sarasota. He is also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Association, Alpha Pi Chapter, and attends Spero Dei Church in Nashville.