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 14,500 Financial Advisors, 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 nearly 5,000 financial advisors without merger or acquisition.
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 1977. After building a successful business in Connersville, IN, Mr. Weddle was named a partner in the firm in 1984 and was invited to St. Louis, where he assumed a series of responsibilities in Training, Marketing, and Branch Administration. He became a member of the firm's management committee in 1988. Mr. Weddle has spent his entire career at Edward Jones. 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. He also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School's Securities Industry Institute in 1988.
Mr. Weddle is a member of the Washington University Olin School of Business National Council; Board Chair, 2010 Campaign Chair, and current Executive Committee member for the United Way of Greater St. Louis; a member of the Barnes Jewish Hospital Board and BJC Health Care Board; and a member of the Financial Industry Regulating Authority (FINRA) Board of Governors.
He is past Board member of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis; a past member of the Webster University Board of Trustees and also its Executive Committee; a past member of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor's council; a past member of the Board of Commissioners of the St. Louis Science Center; a past Board President of FOCUS St. Louis; and a past Board member of the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)