James Yost

Balentine - James Yost


Why did you choose to come to work at Balentine?

I could tell immediately after meeting the team that this would be a great place to work. I agree philosophically with Balentine’s investment platform and with the conflict-free model.

What was your hardest lesson learned and how did you learn it?

I did a sloppy and incomplete job of pulling a neighbor’s weeds when I was 10. He called my mom and made me come back the next day to finish the job. I learned to follow through on my commitments or else suffer the consequences!

What inspires you to come to work each day?

I am inspired by knowing that the work I do will have a tangible, positive impact on this company.

Where is the most exotic place you have ever been?

I have hiked to the top of a mountain peak called Montserrat near Barcelona in Spain.

If you weren’t in this business, what would you be doing?

I would have tried to be an engineer since I’ve always enjoyed figuring out how things work.

What didn’t we ask that we should have in order to really know you?

On a scale of 1-10, how awesome is your Australian Shepherd, Gumbeau? 10

James Yost, CFP®, CAIA is an Associate Relationship Manager at Balentine. Prior to joining the team, James worked for three years at Aon Hewitt, most recently as a consultant, providing direct support for client teams exceeding $20 billion in assets under advisement. In May 2012, James graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in finance from the University of Georgia. During his time at UGA, he also participated in the Terry College of Business study abroad program at the University of Oxford. James is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank in its community gardens.



– BBA, University of Georgia, cum laude (Finance)


– Aon Hewitt, Consultant


– Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Charterholder
– Financial Planning Association of Georgia, Member
– Toastmasters – City Club of Buckhead, Vice President of Membership


– Atlanta Community Food Bank, Volunteer
– Community Foundation For Financial Literacy, Volunteer

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