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.”

For over 25 years, DeLynn has specialized in comprehensive retirement planning, asset management, and income distribution. She has worked with hundreds of clients as they have prepared for and transitioned into retirement. DeLynn serves as CEO and is a co-founder of Bridgeworth, providing guidance and leadership.

In addition to her role in the firm, DeLynn provides leadership for key organizations in the city. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Birmingham Southern College for ten years and is currently serving a Chair of the Board of Trustees. She also serves 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 a prior President of the Financial Planning Association of North Alabama. She previously served on the Women’s Fund Board and is currently a member of the Newcomen Society.

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 of 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 playing golf.

  • Birmingham Southern College: Chair of the Board of Directors, 2020- Present; Board of Trustees, Vice Chair 2019 - 2020; Secretary of the Board 2006 - 2018; Member of the Executive Committee
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham: Board of Directors, 2022
  • St. Vincent's Hospital Board of Directors: Finance Committee, 2015 - 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: 2019 & 2020
  • 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