Edward Jones consolidates to 105-year-old building
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 12:00 am
Financial advisors Todd and Jennifer Hampton said combining offices just made sense after the retirement of longtime Edward Jones representative Harald Melson in August. The husband and wife team have been serving clients in northwest Tennessee for several years.
Edward Jones has been located at 403 Lindell St. since the mid-1990s.
Melson moved with Edward Jones to Martin from West Virginia and took over the branch in January 1995. Melson bought the building in January1996 and upon his retirement in August of this year, sold it to the Hamptons. They recently remodeled the downstairs to accommodate the two financial advisors and three office assistants.
The downtown Martin location has three friendly senior branch office administrators who are responsible for the daily operation of the branch. Susan Kelly, Liz Griffith and Misty Menees pride themselves in providing top-level client service and marketing support for office activities.
Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, 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 in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. The Lindell Street branch is open 8-4:30 Monday through Friday.
“I entered the financial-services industry because I like helping people achieve their long-term financial goals,” Todd Hampton said. “Building relationships with my clients and in my community is key.”
Jennifer Hampton said Edward Jones’ financial advisors meet face to face with their clients to build strong relationships. “We do so by offering excellent client service through our convenient branch locations in the communities where our clients live and work.”
The Hamptons help clients achieve their financial goals by understanding their needs and then recommending and implementing customized solutions to meet those needs. They also work on a variety of customized solutions for helping clients prepare for retirement, live in retirement, save for major purchases, fund a child’s or grandchild’s education and transfer assets.
The Hamptons are both heavily involved in community activities. Todd is a member of the Martin Rotary Club, the Weakley County Chamber Board of Directors and a board member of the Fellowship of Christian athletes of NWTN. Jennifer is a member of the Martin Rotary Club, UT Martin Alumni Council and a board member for the Carl Perkins Center serving Weakley and Obion Counties.
Todd and Jennifer met while enrolled at UT Martin. Todd received his degree in Ag Business in 1996. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance in 1997 and went on to earn an MBA from Union University. The Hamptons love UT Martin and are proud supporters of UTM athletics as members of the Skyhawk Captain’s Club.
In 2012 Edward Jones was ranked Highest in Investor Satisfaction With Full Services Brokerage Firms according to J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study. This is the seventh time Edward Jones has received this recognition. The ranking is based upon client surveys conducted by J. D. Power this spring. These surveys measure the strength of factors such as the relationship with the financial advisor, investment performance, account information, breadth of financial solutions, fees and commission, and usefulness of the website.
The Edward Jones interactive Web site is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting Web site is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.
History of 403 Lindell Street
403 Lindell Street has a long and unique history.
On June 24th, 1907, a fire destroyed all three wood frame buildings on the “Ryan Block.”
Most of the buildings on South Lindell Street at that time were owned by T.M. Ryan. Mr. Ryan was a prominent Martin business man and was married to Carrie Nowlin. Carrie Nowlin’s father was Robert Nowlin, a first cousin to the city’s founding father’s G.W. and Marshall Presley Martin. The brick building at 401 Lindell survived the fire. (current Vicki’s Designer Touch). A few years prior, in the spring of 1904, J.G. Walters, a master brick builder had constructed 401 Lindell from bricks made in the kiln at his business on North McCombs Street where the old junior high sits today. Because of the quality of his vitrified bricks, 401 Lindell was the only building to survive the 1907 fire.
After the 1907 fire, Ryan contracted with Walters to replace his buildings. John Walters , being one of this area’s most sought after contractors built four one-story brick buildings and 3 two-story brick buildings on South Lindell in the fall of 1907. Walter’s brick work can also be seen in the Opera House and Martin’s First Methodist Church. His quality bricks were compared to having the strength of cast iron.
The Hall-Moody Commercial College was one the first occupants of the new two-story brick buildings (407-405-403 Lindell) where students learned bookkeeping, shorthand, typewriting, penmanship, commercial law and other business courses. The school was relocated here in 1909 and stayed for about three years while the expansion of the administration building at Hall-Moody was under way.
The early business renters of the 403 Lindell Street building are unknown. The earliest recorded business at 403 Lindell was a men’s and women’s clothing store. Joe W. White’s Ladies and Mens Ready to Wear operated here from 1933-1939. In 1940, James Riley opened the Martin Radio Company selling Frigidaire appliances for over a year until he enlisted in the Army Air-Force.
From 1944-1957, 403 Lindell Street was the Martin Tire and Electric Store owned and operated by Truett Jones and his brother-in-law, Ute Ford Halliburton. They sold Goodyear tires and Hotpoint appliances. Later, Elvis Dick operated Dick’s Department Store from 1957-1960. Published in The WCP 12.27.12