At Edward Jones, we’re all about making a difference. In the lives of our clients – and our people. We draw strength and inspiration from one another and celebrate our individual contributions. Together, we have an ability to impact and enable future generations. Edward Jones embodies a community mindset and the Spirit of Caring. Since 2010, the annual Ted Jones Spirit Award has gone to one financial advisor and one branch office administrator in every one of the firm’s regions who best exemplify Edward Jones values, culture and spirit of giving back.
Hometown communities are vital to the success of Edward Jones. So, when one of our financial advisors devotes their life and practice to supporting their hometown, our purpose and spirit of caring really come to life. To say Thomas is involved in his hometown is, well, an understatement.
“Well, it’s a lot! I sit on the Board of Directors for the YMCA. I’m a commissioner for the zoning and planning commission for the city.” Thomas went on: “I’ve been on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors for quite some time. I serve on the advisory board for a local bank here in Zachary. And I play the organ currently in four different churches. Oh, and I’m the radio call for the Friday night football games.”
Being an active part of his community has always been important to Thomas. From the beginning, he would show up at community events just to talk to people, building connections and relationships. It’s a mindset and a practice he’s extended across his region, serving as a mentor to many within the firm.
“People that look like me, we traditionally aren’t investing. People of color, diverse individuals, we don’t talk about stocks or investing or money, and I want to change that. It starts with education. And after education, it’s about bringing along your peers, helping people out, giving more people an opportunity to learn and having a seat at the table.”
-Thomas Scott Jr., Financial Advisor
Thomas shared what he sees as the foundation for caring at the firm: “The spirit is really Ted Jones. It’s how he looked at business, how he looked at the community. When you talk about the spirit of caring, you want to take that to every person you meet. You want every person to see you for who you are, not only what you do.”
Our purpose to partner for a positive impact is presented in the annual Purpose, Inclusion and Citizenship Report, “Partnering for Positive Impact.” The report showcases the firm’s year-end achievements and how it works together to improve the lives of its clients and colleagues, and together, better its communities and society.