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Meet The Team

Jahwan Edwards' lifelong involvement in sports began at the tender age of five, during which he actively participated in a variety of little league sports before eventually discovering his passion for football. Over the years, his unwavering commitment to excellence has garnered him numerous accolades, including eight little league MVPS, two high school state championships MVPS, and a remarkable achievement of breaking the rushing and touchdown record at Ball State University. Perhaps his most notable achievement to date was being invited to the NFL combine, an accomplishment that solidified his position as one of the most exceptional players in his position globally.

It is indisputable that Jahwan's journey in sports has played a pivotal role in shaping his character and work ethic. He has imbibed discipline and structure, which he applies in his daily routine while competing in every aspect of life. He understands the importance of accountability, teamwork, and commitment, values that he seeks to instill in young men, providing them with the opportunity to soar.

Paulette Ussery is an extraordinary individual whose presence exudes a captivating energy, effortlessly making everyone she encounters feel like part of a close-knit family. Hailing from the vibrant city of Charlotte and witnessing its transformation and progress firsthand, she possesses a deep-rooted connection to her community. As a devoted mother, Paulette understands the importance of collective support in creating a lasting impact. Through her role at Liftoff Academy, she is poised to surpass expectations and go the extra mile to contribute her utmost. With an unwavering commitment to her cause, Paulette is primed to make a significant difference, driven by a profound sense of purpose and an unwavering dedication to uplifting others.

Anthony Stitt is a dynamic and visionary entrepreneur with a passion for creating positive change. With a background as a former Division 1 athlete at the College of Charleston, where he graduated with a degree in Sociology, Anthony has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. His talent and dedication were evident during his time as a vital member of the Rocky River High School Varsity basketball program. Now, Anthony is driven to make a profound impact on the lives of young people and leave an indelible mark on society through his transformative initiative, Liftoff Academy. With a deep commitment to empowering the next generation, Anthony's innovative approach and unwavering determination are poised to shape a brighter future for our communities.

Nick's journey from rural North Carolina to becoming a partner at Rutledge Financial Partners is a testament to his unwavering dedication and commitment. While studying at Ball State University on a football scholarship, Nick excelled both on the field and in the classroom, earning numerous accolades for his athletic and academic achievements. After completing his education at the prestigious Miller College of Business, he embarked on his career with Principal Financial Group in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he built a solid foundation in financial advising. Seeking new challenges and opportunities, Nick made the bold decision to transition to an independent firm, bringing his expertise to Rutledge Financial Partners. As a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Nick has demonstrated his mastery of the field, having met rigorous standards in experience, ethics, and testing. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Nick finds fulfillment in his personal life. He and his wife, Maya, reside in Salisbury, NC, where they cherish moments spent with their loved ones. Nick's passion for sports, particularly football, remains an integral part of his life, and he nurtures his adventurous spirit through exploration and travel.

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