Jerry graduated with his B.S. in Accounting in 1982 from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. He became a CPA in 1983, and he became a partner in a CPA firm in Somersworth, New Hampshire in 1986. At his CPA firm, he specialized in individual and small business taxes, and he began offering retirement planning and investment services to his clients in 1992. Selling his CPA firm in 2003, Jerry transitioned his financial services business to Greenville, South Carolina. After moving to back South Carolina, Jerry founded Jennings Cook Financial Services in 2004.