Eric Meriwether wants to shrink racial wealth gap in Rutherford County


Eric Meriwether, a financial advisor, worked with others to create the non-profit Rutherford Inclusivity Service and Empowerment Coalition (R.I.S.E.), which was founded in the summer of 2021 to help communities of color. Photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.

Eric Meriwether has watched communities of color — his community — face towering inequities during his career in the financial sector, from systemic injustices to the growing racial wealth gap.

So he decided to do something about it.

In 2014, Meriwether left his post as vice president and branch manager at SunTrust Bank and joined Northwestern Mutual, a nationwide financial services firm. As a financial advisor, he helps clients create, preserve and pass on generational wealth, a process which starts with financial literacy. 

And last summer, Meriwether co-founded the Rutherford Inclusivity Service and Empowerment Coalition, a local nonprofit laser-focused on creating visibility for Black business owners. He wants to make sure these well-qualified community leaders are in position to attain decision-making positions in local government and other businesses.  


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