Edward Jones Investments in Payson is growing and changing right along with the Rim country.
Paul R. Pfeifer is the newest representative for the company, taking over the office at 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 11.
"I've been with Edward Jones for about a year-and-a-half," he said. He worked in the Prescott Valley area before coming to Payson in March, following Chris Smith's departure to open his own company.
Pfeifer was involved in Walgreens and Safeway management before moving to Edward Jones Investments.
"I had a good friend who was with the company and I saw how it emphasized community involvement," Pfeifer said. "A lot of companies say they want their employees to be involved in the community, but they don't give them the time for it. This business wants us involved in the community, that's why we have 10,000 offices in small communities."
He said Edward Jones Investments is a full-service brokerage firm with a variety of products available. The investments include annuities, business retirement plans, equity investments, fixed-income investments, individual retirement plans, insurance, money market funds and mutual funds. The services offered by the company are cash management programs, college savings programs, credit cards, equity research, estate planning and trust services, investment banking, investor education programs, managed asset accounts, mortgage and home equity
loans, online account access and bill payment, personal line of credit, portfolio and retirement plan reviews, retirement plan rollovers and consolidation and systematic investing.
The big challenge for Pfeifer was moving from the Verde Valley where he and his family had lived for many years.
However, he said, "there's joy in starting over. This is a great town and a great place to raise a family. I can't believe how close-knit the community is. It was wonderful to see how everyone worked with the firefighters and supported the merchants (during the Willow Fire). We had neighbors come and check on us during the fire."
Payson will soon have a third Edward Jones Investments office opening, with Ross Hage as the broker.
Pfeifer said the company considers the level of the retirement population and level of funds within that population when it opens offices in a community.
"We want to keep the money here," he said. "We're here to help the community. We're a team, not competitors. We want to help as many people in the community as possible. We're one-on-one, not an 800 number. We have an open-door policy."
Pfeifer said many investment firms require a certain portfolio value before they give a client personal service, but that is not the policy of Edward Jones Investments.
"If you need help, we're here to help you," he said.
He and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Haley, 9, and Jacob, 6. As a family, the Pfeifers are quickly becoming involved in the community. The all took tennis lessons, and both Haley and Jacob participated in arts and crafts classes at the 2004 Kids College at Gila Community College. Jacob is also on a t-ball team, the Eagles.