Jonathan was born in the US as the son of an Australian, MIT-educated architect who helped design iconic buildings around the world, including the famed Pan Am building in New York City, parts of Baghdad University and the Adelaide Festival Centre. At an early age Jonathan’s family returned to Adelaide, Australia, a city Jonathan describes as similar to Nashville at the time of their move. He grew up loving the water that surrounded his country, which lead him to competitive sailing – and perhaps the beginnings of his own wanderlust.
After graduation from the University of Adelaide, Jonathan returned to the US for graduate business studies at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. After completing his MBA, Jonathan spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley’s New York City offices – until the firm decided they needed an indigenous Ivy League man back in Australia to help build their investment banking division in the region. In New York and Sydney, Jonathan worked on transactions around the world.
After the family’s globetrotting moves, his wife convinced Jonathan it was time to put down roots – in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. The Australian agreed, and today Jonathan helps lead Avondale’s investment banking team with grace, style, worldly expertise – and a fabulous “down under” Southern accent.
Having grown up in prime Australian wine country and the backyard vineyards of the world-famous Penfolds Grange brand, Jonathan has an acute passion for Australian wines. Red and white. And travel is still in his blood. He and Molly have visited Morocco and have listened to the cow bells while hiking the Engadine Valley in the Swiss Alps. As an avid tennis player, Jonathan has attended the US Open, the Australian Open and the Wimbledon Championship, with only the French Open as the last remaining “Major” on his tennis Bucket List.
Outside the office, Jonathan has been very active in the community. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Centerstone Research Institute, part of one of the largest non-profit behavioral health organizations in the US. He is a former director of the Nashville Health Care Council; a former member of the Board of Directors for Friend’s Life, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities; and a “2012 Health Care Hero” award recipient from the Nashville Business Journal.