Dudley Wooley - CEO / COO

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Hometown: Jackson, MS

Education: HS – Jackson Prep; College – Vanderbilt; MBA – Millsaps College

Designations: CPCU, CRM, CIC, AAI

Specialty Areas: Healthcare & Nonprofits

With Ross & Yerger since: 1995

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: 2 years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture); 5 years with Marketing Research Institute; 25 years with Ross & Yerger

How did you end up at R&Y?

I have known Wirt Yerger, Jr. and his family my whole life.

What do you like most about R&Y?

Our People! Professional, competent and confident in what we do!

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Continuing the legacy of professionalism and excellence in the services we provide, that Wirt Yerger, Jr. started many years ago. Also, helping others achieve their goals while having fun and developing meaningful relationships.

What R&Y memory stands out?

Deciding to purchase and purchasing the agency in 2001/2002. I was scared to death!!

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Jackson Prep Board; Baptist Health Systems Foundation; Northminster Baptist Church, Millsaps Else School of Management; JDRF; American Heart Association

Family: 30 years and still married to Julie James Wooley; 3 children Gates, Clay and John

Who do you admire most?

Chuck Poole – Sr. Pastor at Northminster Baptist Church; my wife, children and immediate family; and several of my coworkers at R&Y.

Favorite Quote:

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” - John Wesley

My Personal Philosophy:

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci

In My Free Time:

I love to fellowship with friends and family over good food & beverage.

In A Former Life:

I applied to medical school twice and was not accepted… I think it made me a bit more determined in my life.

My Hidden Talent

I am very good at yard work.

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

My faith.