Jordan Plaster to be Named Civitan Citizen of the Year

Former Chairman of the Board to be honored at luncheon on Friday

Jordan Plaster

The Tuscaloosa Civitan Club will name Jordan Plaster the 2017 Citizen of the Year this Friday, May 12, during a luncheon at Indian Hills Country Club. A Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager with Ameriprise Financial and formerly of Merrill Lynch, Plaster was recognized in 2017 by Barron’s Magazine as one of the top 12 financial advisors in the state of Alabama.

Jordan Plaster was born and raised on a small family farm in the rural community of Autaugaville, Alabama. He came to Tuscaloosa in 1974 to attend the University of Alabama where he studied business and finance. After graduating in 1979, Jordan began his career in financial services with The Federal Land Bank. Jordan joined Merrill Lynch in 1993 in the investment management business. In April of 2017, Jordan and his partners joined Ameriprise Financial.

In 2012, Jordan was named as a recipient of The David Brady Award by Merrill Lynch. Named for David Brady who lost his life in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, the award is among one of the highest honors bestowed by the firm and is given to individuals who provide exceptional service to their clients and communities.

Jordan has served as a mentor to many University of Alabama business student interns over the years and always makes sure to instill the lesson of spending at least 20 percent of one’s time serving the community and giving back. Jordan has been very active in civic participation over the last four decades. Notable activities include his involvement with The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, The Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa, The Business Council of Alabama, Easter Seals of West Alabama and The Boy Scouts of America- Black Warrior Council. 

One of Jordan’s most cherished projects is the Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight, which he helped establish in 2010. This program was set up to take World War II and Korean War Veterans to Washington D.C. free of charge, to tour the monuments constructed in their honor. Beginning in May of 2010, the Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight has completed eight chartered trips to Washington D.C. and transported over 660 Veterans to see the memorials all at no cost to the Veterans. Two days ago, approximately 100 Vietnam Veterans spent the day in Washington visiting their memorials.

Another cherished project, Jordan has served as the Chairman of The Capital Campaign for Easter Seals West Alabama. In 10 months, The Campaign has raised $1,008,675 of the $1,500,000 goal for the new Easter Seals operating facility. 

Jordan is very involved as an Elder with his Church, First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa. He is also a supporter of numerous local organizations including The United Way, Nick’s Kids, and The Tuscaloosa Public Library. In 2012, Jordan was recognized for his civic efforts by The Community Foundation of West Alabama as the recipient of the Pillar of the Community Award. More recently, Jordan was honored with The Book of Golden Deeds Award in 2016 by the Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa.

Jordan resides in Tuscaloosa with his wife, Jenny, their son, Harry, daughter-in-law, Elizabeth and grandson, Harry III. Harry is a partner with Jordan in the Investment Management practice.