Cliff Paessler had a long career in finance and real estate, including time at Ernst & Young, National Bank of Commerce and McGehee Realty and Development, before he met M. Andrew (Andy) Shaul and became a partner with him in an accounting firm in 1993 – Dunavant, Dickey, Paessler & Shaul. He and Shaul founded Financial Strategy Group in 1999 to provide comprehensive financial planning services. In 2005 FSG Investment Management was formed, later to be known as Telarray, where he serves as Chief Manager.
Paessler earned a BS in accounting from what was then Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) and is a CPA. He serves as Lake Chairman and Treasurer of Menasha Hunting and Fishing Club, and enjoys bird hunting, fishing, stained glass work and making fishing lures.