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Two local businesses move their offices

Susan Kiefer, left, senior branch office administrator, and Gena Hartman, financial advisor, are pictured in their new Edward Jones office at 521 Central Ave.

By BOB HANSEN

bhansen@newsexaminer.com

When Gena Hartman became a financial advisor for Edward Jones in 2013, a downtown office on Central Avenue seemed just the place to start.

She started her career with Edward Jones at 420 Central Ave. Having grown the business, she’s moved the office a block north and across the street, to 521 Central Ave. 

Hartman said she hadn’t been looking to move the business. A client suggested she look at the space in the Fayette County Foundation building that had been vacated by the Alexander Law Office. She did; she liked what she saw; and she and Susan Kiefer, the senior branch office administrator, have moved in.

“It gives us the opportunity to serve our clients in a great space,” said Hartman, “and we are still in the historic downtown and can be part of the revitalization.”

Hartman has been an investor with Edward Jones for more than 20 years who decided to make the leap into investment counseling five years ago. She said it’s the best job she’s ever had.

“There isn’t anything better than sitting down and helping people plan for the future,” she said, “plan for retirement, plan for buying a car, go on vacation, make a difference in their children’s lives.”

Hartman has clients in 23 states. Her office is the one where Jim Weddle, who just retired as managing partner for the entire Edward Jones company, got his start. He will be the guest speaker at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Feb. 5.

There are two other Edward Jones offices in Connersville. They are owned by Gary Riebsomer and Devin Hornsby.