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Jewel A. Coan

2022 Honoree

Jewel Alston Coan, is a native of Awendaw, SC. She is the daughter of Rev William & the late Minnie Randolph Alston. She is a 1979 graduate of Lincoln High School. After graduation, she attended Johnson C Smith, Charlotte, NC where she graduated with honors and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982.

Jewel has worked at Berkeley Electric Co-op in the member service department from 1990-1997. While at Berkeley Electric, she worked in the community side by side with Vice President of Community Affairs, Miriam Green. Together, they helped Berkeley Electric’s Women In Rural Electrification organization gain National Recognition for their community work. Jewel worked diligently with the students at Lincoln High during her tenure at Berkeley Electric.

In 1995, Jewel started her financial services career. She had a desire to learn how “the rich got richer”. After learning simple financial concepts, she eagerly passed them on to her family and friends. Her business grew swiftly.

In 1997, she opened Coan & Associates Agency. Jewel has 52 licensed agents working with her. Her agency has helped thousands of people in the tri-county area understand and improve their finances. Her agency does everything from retirement planning to debt restructure. She has been in the financial services industry for 25 years.

Dress for Success (DFS) Charleston is a phenomenal way to help women get back on their feet.

Everyone knows that one of the most important parts of being in the workforce is proper attire. A nice dress and shoes are only the beginning of the journey to getting in the workforce. The clothes a person wears can give them confidence to succeed in the job interview. You don’t get a second chance at a first interview. DFS Charleston has taken a positive approach in helping to encourage and motivate the women to make baby steps to success.

To see a woman in a business suit for the first time is priceless. DFS Charleston has helped to put a positive spin on an otherwise negative experience. DFS Charleston has been an integral part of putting women back in the workforce more confident.

Jewel has been involved with several agencies in the Low Country: Trident United Way, Charleston Chamber of Commerce and is on The Board of Director with Primerica Women. She attends Union AME Church, in Awendaw, SC. Jewel is married to Jeffrey Coan, Sr, her spouse of 39 years. They have a daughter, Courtnay Nicole and a son Jeffrey Jr (Jazz), and 3 grandsons.

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