After spending the first 18 years of his life in Dothan, Alabama, Hays attended Auburn University in 1999, earning a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. After a brief post graduation stint in Nashville, TN, he moved to Birmingham, AL, and began his career in financial services in March of 2005.
Hays, a Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA®), is a Senior Lead Advisor at OneAscent Wealth Birmingham. Hays joined OneAscent Wealth, formerly Pearson and Associates, in January of 2007. As a Senior Lead Advisor, most of his time is dedicated to helping client families identify what’s most important to them, then planning and managing their finances in a way that gives them the clarity, confidence, and control to accomplish their desired outcomes.
Outside of work, Hays enjoys spending time with his wife (Meredith), his daughter (Margaret Anne), and his dog (Roo). As an avid fisherman, kayaker, and outdoorsman, he is passionate about the conservation of our natural resources. When he’s not spending time with his family or somewhere on a creek, Hays enjoys surrounding himself with good friends, live music, and is usually up for an adventure.
Hays is an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Birmingham, where he currently serves as the Finance Committee chairman. He also serves on the Building Committee and is a past Vestry member. He currently volunteers as the Treasurer of Coosa Riverkeeper, a nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Coosa River watershed.