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How are we different?

We develop a thorough understanding of the goals and desires of our clients, then construct a plan to position each family for a successful outcome. We seek deep and long-lasting relationships with each of our families so we can respond to changes and events with the benefit of historical context and a high level of continuity and consistency.

Each family, regardless of amount of assets, can experience a customized relationship with Tranquility Partners based upon their unique needs and objectives.

Tranquility Partners works collaboratively and efficiently with each family’s other valued professional advisors, including lawyers and accountants, to provide a single source of monitoring and tactical financial decision support as circumstances change.

Jim Baker
Jim Baker
CEO

Jim has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He served as co-founder and President of Teleion Capital LLC, where he managed an equity fund from 2002-2011. Before 2002, Jim was Managing Director of Healthcare Equity Research at Raymond James (RJ-NYSE). After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Economics, Jim began his career at Equitable Securities (later acquired by SunTrust), ultimately serving as Managing Director and head of Healthcare Research and Co-Director of Equity Research and was a member of the firm’s Commitment, Investment Policy, and Management Committees. Jim currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Nashville Capital Network and the investment committees of NCN Angel Fund II LP, NCN Partners Fund, and NCN Fund IV. Jim also actively manages family investments in public and private companies. He has served on the board of directors of Independence Trust Company and Neighbor MD.

Jim resides in Franklin, TN, with his wife, Valerie, and their daughter Victoria, a sophomore at Belmont University. Their eldest son Jay (see below) and his wife Madison live in Nashville with their grandsons James and Bryce. Their son Jordan (see below) and his wife, Kara, also live in Franklin, TN.

John Crawford, CFA
John Crawford, CFA
Principal and COO

John has over 25 years of operating and financial experience in high-growth companies in healthcare operations management, operations restructuring and performance improvement, and mergers and acquisitions. He has significant experience with high-growth businesses and has served in key leadership positions for numerous public and private healthcare services companies. John graduated with a BS – Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas in 1980, then began his career as a CPA (currently inactive status), serving clients for nine years at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (KPMG). He has served on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations in Nashville.

John has earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst® from the CFA Institute.*

John lives in Brentwood, TN, with his wife, Marianne. They enjoy cycling, golfing, boating, and spending time with their two adult daughters and their families: Cassandra, son-in-law Paul and grandsons Riggin and Ryland, and Carmen, son-in-law Jesse, and grandchildren Katelyn and Liam.

James T. Griscom II
James T. Griscom II
SVP of Family Advisory Services

Jimmy began his investment career at J C Bradford in 1985. During the ensuing years, he held senior advisory roles at Equitable Securities, SunTrust, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Avondale Partners, and Avenue Bank. His experience encompasses retail brokerage, services to high-net-worth individuals, corporate and executive services, public company share repurchases, 10b5-1 plans, and hedging concentrated equity positions.

A native Nashvillian, Jimmy attended Montgomery Bell Academy, Vanderbilt University, and the University of the South at Sewanee. Jimmy and his wife, Dana- a real estate professional, enjoy spending time with their family, plus two miniature bull terriers, Henry and Sadie. Rowan, their daughter, resides in New York City, where she is a creative designer. Their son, Tee, is a 5th-year surgical resident who lives in Nashville with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Ford.

As a head/neck cancer survivor, Jimmy is involved in various cancer awareness and support groups dedicated to assisting those in/out of treatments.

April Pica
April Pica
VP of Trading and Operations

April has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. From 2001-2016 she worked at Avondale Partners, where she was head of their operational and settlements area and assistant trader. Before joining Avondale, April was a trading assistant at SunTrust Equitable Securities. She oversaw trade settlements and had additional back-office responsibilities. She started her career at Invest Financial, where she worked in the back office, compliance, and customer service for over 400 series six representatives.

April earned a BS degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University and lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband, John, and their children Caleb, Jordan, and Reagan.

Jordan M. Baker
Jordan M. Baker
Assistant Vice President

Jordan graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College with a BA in Business and Economics in 2019. While at Rhodes, Jordan competed on the varsity baseball and track & field teams. He was a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honors society and the Rhodes Organization of Investors and served on the leadership team with Campus Outreach.

Before joining Tranquility Partners in 2019, Jordan worked as a research analyst with Chickasaw Capital Management, a $5 billion Master Limited Partnership investment manager in Memphis responsible for managing the MainGate MLP Fund (IMLPX-NASDAQ). Before Chickasaw, Jordan worked for Southern Growth Studio, a consulting firm in Memphis, conducting market research.

Jordan is an Investment Adviser Representative (IAR) with Tranquility Partners who lives with his wife, Kara, in Franklin, TN.

Jay Baker
Jay Baker
Senior Associate

Jay graduated cum laude from Rhodes College with a BA in Business and Economics and a minor in Computer Science in 2017. During his time at Rhodes, Jay competed on the varsity Track & Field team and was an All-Conference Sportsmanship recipient. He was a member of the Rhodes Organization of Investors and served on the leadership team with Campus Outreach.

Previously Jay worked at Nashville Capital Network, a private equity/venture capital firm with more than $100M under management. He started his career as an Investment Banking Analyst with Stephens Inc. in the Healthcare M&A group in Little Rock, AR.

Jay lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Madison, and their sons, James and Bryce.

Tyler Cohen
Tyler Cohen
Associate

Tyler graduated cum laude from Rhodes College in 2020 with a BA in International Finance. While at Rhodes, Tyler was the captain of the golf team and a two-time Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar and All-Conference Sportsmanship recipient. He was a member of the Rhodes Organization of Investors, served on the leadership team with Campus Outreach, and held various leadership roles within his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha.

Before joining Tranquility Partners in 2021, Tyler recently worked as the Director of Operations and Finance for UBIX, a privately owned international wholesaler of custom products in Destin, Florida.

*CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials.

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