Zero to 60: Decades of Growth for Edward Jones’
In 1957, the Ford Fairlane was the country’s best-selling car, gas cost about 25 cents per gallon – and Zeke McIntyre opened Edward Jones’ first branch office in Mexico, MO. Today, the Fairlane is just a memory, 25 cents might buy a tenth of a gallon of gas – and Edward Jones’ 43,000 associates include 15,000 financial advisors serving more than 7 million clients from more than 13,000 branch offices across North America. But 60 years ago, in May 1957, Zeke McIntrye was the first, and the firm is celebrating this milestone.
Edward Jones actually was founded in 1922, but up until 1957, all its financial advisors were housed in one office in St. Louis. The opening of Zeke Mc- Intyre’s office launched a new phase for the firm, permanently transforming the way in which investors receive financial advice from Edward Jones.
“Since we opened our first branch office 60 years ago, establishing trusted relationships with our clients has been critical to our success,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. “Providing tailored solutions and a high level of service has enabled us to grow to more than 13,000 locations and we are excited to offer our services to a new generation of clients as we enter the next 60 years.”
The firm has come a long way since Ted Jones, son of the firm’s founder, met McIntyre and encouraged him to open the first branch office, located in a coat closet of an accounting firm situated above Scott’s Five & Dime Store.
The firm has not forgotten its humble beginnings, but continues to look toward the future – with no signs of taking its foot off the gas. As has been the case for the last six decades, Edward Jones’ success will be fueled by its growing numbers of financial advisors, growth in clients being deeply served and continued focus on ensuring clients’ interests always come first.
The two Edward Jones financial advisors in Marco Island are: Gary Ozak and Kevin O’Fee.
Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamp
The Postal Service will soon release a first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it. The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which commemorates the August 21 eclipse, transforms into an image of the Moon from the heat of a finger.
The back of the stamp pane provides a map of the August 21 eclipse path and times it may appear in some locations. Visit NASA’s website to view detailed maps of the eclipse’s path.
In the first U.S. stamp application of thermochromic ink, the Total Solar Eclipse stamps will reveal a second image. Using the body heat of your thumb or fingers and rubbing the eclipse image will reveal an underlying image of the Moon (Espenak also took the photograph of the Full Moon). The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools.
May is Motorcycle Safety Month
More than a million drivers in Florida have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver licenses, and many visitors ride motorcycles in the Sunshine State. The responsibility for safety is on motorists as well as motorcyclists. FDOT is observing motorcycle safety month in May and asking motorcyclists and motorists to share the road by using these simple tips. Tips for motorcyclists:
Say no to Drinking and Riding.
Make yourself more visible to motorists: Wear bright colors.
Always wear adequate riding gear.
Ride in Control (within legal and personal limits).
Train regularly and get endorsed.
Inspect your motorcycle before each ride to ensure your safety by having it in good working order. Tips for drivers:
Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width; never try to share a lane.
Check for motorcycles by looking in your mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. Remain extra vigilant when entering or crossing intersections.
Do not tailgate. Allow more following distance when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
Don’t drive distracted- eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving.
Always drive sober.