Ward Petty joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2011 when he opened and was named manager for the firm’s office in Chattanooga, TN. Just 18 months later, he was named Southeast Regional Manager with oversight responsibilities for the firm’s offices in Atlanta, GA; Highlands, NC; Panama City, FL; and Tazewell, VA.

A veteran of the financial services industry since 1980, he opened the Chattanooga office of A.G. Edwards in 1991. Eventually, the office grew to employ more than 30, with 10 more employed in the firm’s Dalton, GA satellite office, which Ward also supervised. Ward’s reputation extends beyond Chattanooga, as he was recognized by Barron’s one of the top 1,000 financial advisors in the country in 2009 and 2010. He was also included in Registered Rep magazine’s list of 10 outstanding investment advisors in 1998.

Ward is active in the Chattanooga community – particularly with matters dealing with education and children’s healthcare – and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.