In college, Tommy Blackburn looked closely at the financial industry and, wanting to ensure that in his career he would truly help others succeed, developed a passion for fee-only financial planning and integrated tax planning. He decided to pursue a master's degree and designations as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Certified Public Accountant. Then he found a career in line with his values at Verus, where "they were practicing financial planning the way that I always envisioned it should be done: putting the best interests of the clients first."

As one of our senior financial planners, Tommy helps clients organize and execute financial, tax, and investment plans in a fee-only and team-based environment. Planning brings with it new challenges every day, but he’s the right professional to have on your side: Tommy graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in finance concentrating in personal financial planning, then followed it up with a master’s degree in accounting with a focus on tax. In his free time (which doesn’t include tax season), you’ll find Tommy outdoors on the banks of the James River, hiking, and traveling.

His certifications and memberships include:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Life and Health Insurance Consultant license in Virginia
  • 2017 Standing Ovation Award in Personal Financial Planning from the AICPA
  • Recognized as one of the Top 5 Under 35 from the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) in 2018
  • Recognized as one of InvestmentNews’ 40 under 40 in 2018
  • Investment Adviser Representative of Verus Financial Partners
  • Member, American Institute of CPAs
  • Board of Directors, Central Virginia Financial Planning Association
  • Member, Young Professionals Advisory Committee, Virginia Society of CPAs
  • Member, Financial Planning Association
  • Verus Investment Policy Committee