Gay Thompson Hosts AJBN September  Happy Hour

Gay Thompson Hosts AJBN September Happy Hour

Gay Thompson. Credit: Korey Howell Photography

By Jennifer Lava

The Austin Jewish Business Network is Austin’s oldest Jewish Business Networking Group, formed in 1988 with more than 800 members. AJBN’s events are typically held the third Tuesday of each month. There is no fee to attend. AJBN is the key to cultivating employees, clients, jobs, business relationships, contacts, friends, knowledge and special offers.

After a summer break in August, AJBN is back in full swing for the rest of 2019. Join the group September 17 for a happy hour hosted by Gay Thompson at Per Sterling Capital Management.

Thompson is a Certified Financial Planner professional with Per Stirling Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisory firm based in Austin, Texas. At Per Stirling, the client’s best interest is always placed above all else, and they have adopted fiduciary standards across the entire firm. Visit to learn more.

Per Stirling has two locations in Austin. AJBN's September happy hour will be held at their North Austin office at 4900 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759, from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free.

Being among the first generation in her family to attend college, and having to put herself through school, Thompson understood the importance of planning from a very young age.

Unlike many of her colleagues, college did not initially lead Thompson into the financial field. After graduating from the University of Texas with a Master of Science in engineering, she joined the U.S. Air Force, where she served the United States for four years and attained the rank of captain. While in the Air Force, she oversaw the development of next generation satellite and launch systems at the Space and Missile Systems Center.

After the Air Force, Thompson utilized her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering she had earned from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work for a fast growing company based in California specializing in the nanoelectronics and semiconductor industries. She spent the next six years in exciting and challenging engineering and marketing roles.

While in California, Thompson developed a keen interest in the analytics and intricacies of financial planning. After watching countless friends and colleagues chase returns brought about by the dot-com boom—most of them without a cohesive financial plan—she chose to alter her career path and point her analytical skills and program management experience in a new direction, helping others plan for their financial futures.

Over the past decade, she has enjoyed working closely with successful men and women, families and businesses on understanding their concerns, providing an in-depth analysis of their personal financial situation, and driving action in achieving their vision and goals. Although the problem-solving aspect of financial planning initially drew Thompson to the field, it is the deep satisfaction of making a difference in people’s lives that motivates her continuing work with clients.

Thompson is actively involved in the community. She has served on the boards of Temple Beth Shalom and the Shalom Austin Early Childhood Program and is an active volunteer at her children’s schools. She is also an alumni volunteer for the MIT Educational Council, interviewing freshman applicants each fall. Every year in the spring, Thompson donates her time as a volunteer tax preparer for Foundation Communities.

Thompson and her husband, Lee, live in Austin with their two children. She is a member of her local rowing club, competing locally and nationally in masters rowing, and she is an avid Formula 1 racing fan.

AJBN invites to its monthly networking meetings all Jews, those partnered with Jews and JCC members. AJBN welcomes people in all fields and professions, people hiring, people looking for work, people providing services, entrepreneurs, those who work for others, those new in town and who have been living in Austin for years. Bring business cards, promotional materials, resumes and announcements to share.

Are you are interested in sponsoring or hosting an AJBN happy hour? Sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to get your name and business out in front of a large part of the community. All dates are available for events in 2020.

Sponsorship and hosting provide promotion and visibility to more than 800 AJBN members via Meetup, LinkedIn and Facebook; exposure to almost the entire Jewish community and JCC members via The Jewish Outlook and JCC and synagogue bulletins; and 10 to 15 minutes live promotion of your business to attendees at the event.

Sponsorship and hosting can be shared with multiple businesses, and all involved receive promotion. Sponsors and hosts provide venue, appetizers, beverages and door prizes. Typically, 25 to 40 people attend AJBN events.

If you have further questions about AJBN, want to sponsor an event or donate a door prize, contact or 512-587-5824, or visit or ■

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