After leading Edward Jones investment offices nationwide, Rehoboth Beach native Wade Thompson has returned to the Cape Region as the new financial advisor at the Edward Jones office in Lighthouse Plaza.
Since Thompson returned to the Cape Region in August, the financial advisor said he has enjoyed coming back to the Cape Region as financier at Edward Jones.
When Thompson left the area in 2006, it was for college in Denver Colo., where he entered an accelerated program that has allowed him to advance at breakneck speed in the brokerage.
Eight years, two degrees, and countless credentials later, Thompson said he is excited and happy to be back home on the East Coast with his wife and young son to help old friends, family and new neighbors manage their finances and investments.
"I had the opportunity to come home and be back with my entire family," Thompson said. "Grandparents, siblings and family friends are all here, and there's the beach."
His family formerly owned a successful pharmacy chain, Edgehiil, when he was growing up, Thompson said, and he recalled memories of his grandfather working the store nearby as a student at Rehoboth Elementary.
After his family sold the pharmacy chain in 2001, Thompson said he became interested in managing investments and by the time he went to college, Thompson said he knew he would study business finance.
"Everybody has a different situation," Thompson said. "My passion to get into this industry is to take care of my own family by managing our assets and being a provider. Making sure everything is taken care of."
Because Edward Jones is a small, private brokerage, the advisor said he feels he has the accessibility and independence to manage investments for long-term growth.
With the encouragement of his company, Thompson said he has been able to join his wife, who works for a nonprofit that teaches financial literacy, Junior Achievement, to young students across Sussex County to make presentations in his alma mater, Rehoboth Elementary, in the classrooms where he once studied.
“She’s in a program that teaches what I practice, so we help each other out,” he said.
Back at the branch office, administrator Stacey Charter said the community has been happy to welcome one of their own back home.
“A lot of people like to come in and see someone they watched grow up in a successful business venture,” Charter said.
Although he has so far enjoyed the welcoming, Thompson said his main priority at work is making sure clients are successful with their own business ventures.
“I just like working with people to make sure everybody is taken care of in order to prosper,” he said. “I like to be here to help.”
For more information about Edward Jones investments or financial advisor Wade Thompson, go to www.edwardjones.com or call 302-227-2771.