3621 Vinings Slope SE, Suite 4450
Atlanta GA 30339
Southport Capital offers two different workshops, Maximizing Social Security and Your Dream Retirement. Learn important rules that affect the amount of retirement benefits you collect, as well as strategies for coordinating Social Security with other sources of retirement income!
Maximizing Social Security
Learn how the new tax law changes can affect you and your benefits.
March 3rd or 5th
Your Dream Retirement
President and CEO
John J. Woods is in his 33rd year of the financial consulting business, and spent the last twenty six years as Executive Director of Oppenheimer and Company. Prior to that, John was Vice President at Lehman Brothers. He is President of Friends of Chastain Park Foundation, serves on the Board of 643 Baseball Foundation, serves on the football committee of NYO – where he coached for 17 years, and is the Chairman of Walton High School Touchdown Club. John is currently the owner of the Chattanooga Lookouts and also sits on the board of three companies.
John attended Tennessee Tech where he was a member of the football team. He attended the Wharton Executive School of Business and studied for his CIMA. John has bought, started, and sold many businesses. John is also the former Owner of 7 Speed and Agility Facilities, owned Sports A Rama and Honeycutt Sports.
John is the father to four boys and husband to Janelle Blaylock Woods. His two oldest sons played football for Kentucky, his 19 year old son is a Freshman football player for Georgia, and he has a 14 year old son currently attending Walton High School, who plays football and 643 baseball.
Partner & Senior Investment Manager
Certified Financial Fiduciary®
Jim joined Southport Capital in 2008 and serves as the Senior Portfolio Manager at Southport Capital. His primary focus is helping small to medium sized business more effectively manage their retirement benefit accounts.
Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jim came to Atlanta to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he played varsity football for four years and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management.
The first four years of his business career was spent in the insurance industry with Moye Financial Associates. He started his Wall Street career at Merrill Lynch in 1981. Jim has had an extensive career of money management at Bear Stearns, Shearson Lehman Brothers, and Robinson-Humphrey Co., with his last nineteen years being spent at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, before joining Southport in 2008.
Jim and his wife Terri are now empty nesters in Marietta, Georgia, having successfully raised an attorney and two USMC officers.
Bruce joined Southport Capital in 2018. He began his career as a CPA before joining PNC Financial Services Group and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. He has a BS Degree in Accounting from The American University and an MBA Degree from the University of Kansas. He is passionate about all things financial and working with business and individual clients to reach their goals and doing the most with what they have.
Outside of work, Bruce enjoys time with his family, playing golf, and staying fit. He volunteers his time and resources, and has been on the board of a number of not-for-profits here in Atlanta and in Kansas City, where he is originally from.
Iris is married to John Israel, and they have 2 grown sons with families in Utah and San Diego. lris studied Marine Science at Temple University and was planning for a career in that industry, but life took her in another direction. She is currently active in Equine and Canine Rescue with Save the Horses and Golden Rescue of Atlanta, she also enjoys cooking, dancing and the beach.
Ryan is an Administrative Assistant at the Atlanta branch of Southport Capital. He’s been with the firm since 2017.
A native of Atlanta, he graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 with a degree in International Relations. He is currently working towards his CFP designation.