Kevin Dick of the financial-services firm Edward Jones promised when he opened his business in 1997 that he would become an active member of the community. Dick is keeping that promise and recently accepted the position to the board of directors of the Northern Gila County Historical Society.
"I share the firm's philosophy that we shouldn't just work in the communities where we establish our offices -- we should live in those communities, and we should contribute to those communities," Dick said.
"I hope I can make a difference, even if it is a small one, by giving my time and energy to NGCHS."
Edward Jones encourages its brokers to become involved in their communities for several reasons, said Douglas E. Hill, the firm's managing partner. "We can do a better job advising our clients if we know their values, appreciate their lifestyles and understand their upbringing," Hill said.
"Getting involved in the communities in which our customers live helps our investment representatives learn these things."
Community involvement also demonstrates the investment representatives' commitment to the people they serve, Hill said.
Edward Jones, the only major financial-services firm advising individual investors exclusively, traces its roots to 1871 and currently serves more than 6 million clients.
The firm offers its clients a variety of investments, including certificates of deposit, taxable and non-taxable bonds, stocks and mutual funds.
The largest firm in the nation in terms of branch offices, Edward Jones currently has more than 9,000 offices in the U.S. and, through its affiliates, in Canada and the United Kingdom.
The Edward Jones interactive website is located at www.edwardjones.com.