Synthesis was founded in 2014 by Patrick Johnson, CFP ®, ChFC, CLU. Patrick is a veteran of the financial services industry and after a successful tenure from 1996-2010, he and his family of four decided to take a sabbatical from the busiest aspects of his practice. In 2010 the family embarked on what they called ‘the Grand Experiment’. They bought some raw land in Georgia, built a small organic farm, and committed to living true to their family values: Love, Harmony, Community, Family.
During his time on the farm which was intentionally in one of the most financially impoverished areas of north Georgia, Patrick reflected often on the disparity between those who have so much abundance while others struggle mightily to fund even the most basic of necessities. He also observed that there was no shortage of organizations willing to serve those in need; but, they all seemed to struggle with funding. The idea for Synthesis came together in an evening not unlike the scene in “Jerry Maguire” when Tom Cruise had an epiphany about a better way to approach his industry in the service of others.