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DeLynn Zell, CFP®

Founder, CEO

"I understand that what I do for clients impacts their lives for many years to come. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing our clients benefiting today from the planning we began years ago."

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DeLynn is co-founder and CEO of Bridgeworth, one of the largest groups of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals in the region, managing over 2 billion assets for their clients. With over 25 years of financial planning experience, her impact on the financial planning industry and community is vast. Most recently, DeLynn was named by Forbes as 2021 America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors, awarded by Al.com as one of the 2018 Women to Shape the State, 2020 CEO of the Year by the Birmingham Business Journal, and was selected for the 2020 class of Leadership Alabama. She is a prior member of Leadership Birmingham, an Oasis honoree, and has received numerous Birmingham Business Journal awards, including Who’s Who in Banking & Finance, CEO Award, and Top 40 Under 40.

In addition to her role as Bridgeworth visionary and mentor, DeLynn provides leadership for key organizations in the city. Most recently, she serves The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham on their investment committee. She was a member of the Board of Trustees at Birmingham Southern College for ten years and also on the Executive Board and finance committee of the Boy Scouts of America, St. Vincent’s Hospital Board, Oasis Counseling Center, where she served as President, and was a prior President of the Financial Planning Association of North Alabama. She continues looking for opportunities to make a difference in her community and the lives of Bridgeworth clients.

She is most proud of her role in mentoring and developing women advisors in a male-dominated field. Her love of mentoring has led to Bridgeworth having over 35% female advisors and 5 out of 8 management team members being women.

DeLynn is from Headland, Alabama, and is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College, where she majored in accounting. She is married to Lee Zell, a partner with the law firm Balch & Bingham, and they have one son, David Michael, who is currently a student at the University of Alabama. She enjoys spending family time at their home on Lake Eufaula and golfing.

Affiliations

  • The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham: Investment Committee, 2022 - Present
  • Birmingham Southern College: Chair of the Board of Directors, 2020- 2022; Board of Trustees, Vice Chair 2019 - 2020; Secretary of the Board 2006 - 2018; Member of the Executive Committee
  • St. Vincent's Hospital Board of Directors: Finance Committee, 2015 - 2020
  • Leadership Alabama, 2020
  • Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America: Executive Board, Investment Committee: 2013 - Present
  • Financial Planning Association of North Alabama: Member, Past President
  • Oasis Women’s Counseling Center: Advisory Board, 2004 - Present, Past President, 2004
  • Newcomen Society: 2014 - Present
  • Canterbury United Methodist Church, Investment Committee: 2020 - Present
  • The Women’s Fund: Board of Directors, Finance Committee: 2009 - 2014
  • The Women’s Network: 2011 - Present
  • Leadership Birmingham: 2014 - 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Forbes America's Top Women Wealth Advisors: 2021
  • Birmingham Business Journal's Who's Who in Banking & Finance: 2020 & 2021
  • Birmingham Business Journal’s CEO Award Winner: 2020
  • Birmingham Business Journal’s CEO Award Honoree: 2019
  • al.com and Birmingham Magazine Women Who Shape the State: 2018
  • Oasis Women’s Counseling Center Honoree: 2012
  • Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40: 1993

Education

  • Birmingham Southern College, 1986
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance
  • CERTIFED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, 1993