Certified Financial Planner Mario Payne discusses the road to success


ORLANDO, Florida. – When it comes to looking for a better job, do not hesitate to do some serious pioneering.

This week on “Black Men Sundays,” host Corie Murray interviews Mario Payne, a certified financial planner who went from interning at General Electric to founding his own company, TOAMS Financial, in less than a decade.

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After graduating from Tennessee State University, Payne said he worked at GE in a call center and in analytics.

In 2006, after completing a six-month project, Payne said GE implemented one of his plans, saving the company $4 million. In return, instead of a huge raise or higher recognition, he received a pizza night.

“You think of 2006, $4 million with inflation, that’s almost $20 million today, right? And I had a pizza party, and I don’t even like not the pizza,” Payne said.

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There had to be a better way. Payne said he Googled “financial advisor” and started applying.

“How do I find a way to analyze businesses, you know, find ways to make money from a business, but then get the money and help people do it?” Payne said.

In 2007, after six companies said no, one said yes. Now employed at Edward Jones, Payne isn’t done trying to make things better for himself.

“You guys (at Edward Jones) get a significant discount. For example, for every $100 I made, they kept $60 and I kept $40, but I do all the work. no sense,” Payne said.

So in 2013, with a nice book of business and plenty of clients on hand, Payne started his own business. “The rest is history,” he said.

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