Jonathan Avant, a Montgomery native, holds the position of Vice-President of The Alabama Jazz & Blues Federation. He graduated with an Accounting degree from Auburn University at Montgomery and has an infectious enthusiasm about life that spills over into his work, art and volunteerism. He is currently the Assistant Vice President and Business banking officer for BBVA Compass Bank and is also a jazz trumpeter. Ten years in the banking industry have served Jonathan Michael Avant well. He says, "The earliest obstacle that I had to overcome was balancing my life as a Musician and a Banker. However, I quickly learned not to be afraid of showing who you are but instead to combine everything you are into one purposeful life. I found out that my artistic creativity allowed for a fresh, innovative approach towards helping my clients run their businesses more safely and efficiently in today's economy while my business mindset allowed me to look at my music in a more profitable and meaningful way." His creativity has given him the vision for music to serve as a catalyst for love, trust and diversity. In which in turn will serve as fuel towards building a better community filled with a productive economy and contributing businesses and consumers. Currently, Jonathan volunteers as an ambassador of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the boards of The Family Guidance’s Success by Six program, Montgomery Downtown Business Association, Clefworks and Music Education on Wheels. A trumpet player since childhood, Jonathan now co-owns a local live music studio and plans to release a Jazz fusion album in 2018. He and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters, Jazz and Juliana, as well as two dogs named Rocky and Chex.
Vice President, Event Chairman
— Jonathan Avant, Vice President