Jonathan is the recipient of many awards, including:
- The Malcolm Forbes Public Awareness Award for Excellence in Advancing Financial Understanding
- A Gold Medal at the Worldfest International Film Festival for a program on how individuals and families can benefit from the new tax rules
- A Silver Medal at the Houston International Film Festival for his program on achieving financial security
- An Emmy award for his contributions to a television series on financial planning in the 21st century
The American Society of Association Executives and the Newsletter Writers Association have recognized Jonathan as an outstanding author, and over one million copies of his books have been sold. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, Emory University, and the Harvard Business School.