Jim Weddle is Managing Partner of Edward Jones, a financial services firm serving nearly 7 million individual investors in the United States and Canada.
Today with more than 10,000 branch offices, Edward Jones is one of the largest U.S. financial services firms. Growing to serve more individual investors is a key strategy for the Firm. During Mr. Weddle’s tenure, Edward Jones has added more than 12,000 Financial Advisors without merger or acquisition. The Firm has also created and introduced its own new advisory programs, one in the United States and one in Canada.
Every aspect of the Firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities where they live and work. Clients have voted Edward Jones #1 in J.D. Power’s client full-service investor satisfaction survey 4 of the past 5 years.
Edward Jones is a privately-held partnership owned by its Associates. The Firm has earned eight top 10 rankings in Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For," including consecutive #2 rankings in 2009 and 2010.
As a Financial Advisor, Mr. Weddle opened the Firm’s 200th branch in 1978. After serving clients in Connersville, IN, Mr. Weddle was named a Principal in the Firm in 1984 and moved to St. Louis, where he assumed a series of responsibilities, including one of the Firm’s largest areas, Mutual Fund Sales and Marketing. Mr. Weddle then assumed responsibility for developing the Firm's growth across the East Coast, increasing the number of branch offices in that geographic region from 275 to more than 1,000.
Mr. Weddle has been a member of the Edward Jones Management Committee since 1987. He assumed responsibility for managing all of the Firm's branch offices in late 1997. Mr. Weddle has spent his entire career at Edward Jones; and he became the Firm’s fifth Managing Partner in 2006.
A native of Illinois and a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, Mr. Weddle earned his MBA at Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Weddle also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School's Securities Industry Institute in 1988. He served as a Trustee of the institute from 1989 until 1993. He served on the Continuing Education Committee of the Securities Industry Association from 1994 through 1996.
Mr. Weddle is a member of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor's Council; a member of the Washington University Olin School of Business National Council; a member of the Webster University Board of Trustees; a Board member and 2010 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Greater St. Louis; a member of the Financial Industry Regulating Authority (FINRA) Board of Directors; and a past Board member of the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
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