Financial firm finds quality employees at College of Business

The Edwards Jones firm has offered financial advice to clients in Reno for more than 30 years. There are more than 45 branches in the Reno-Sparks area and many more throughout the state of Nevada.

Ingrained into the community, the company has drawn many of its advisors from The University of Nevada, Reno College of Business.

"We feel that not only is it important to recruit local talent, but it is important to support the community we live in," Neil Saiz, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, said. "I first learned about Edward Jones while going through the University."

Saiz graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in sociology who also took classes through the College of Business.

Edward Jones participates in The College of Business internship, which has helped many students navigate the job market after they graduate.

"It is really a great way to get exposure to the industry," Saiz said.

The College of Business also provided him with the tools and resources he needed to launch his career.

"The College of Business did a great job helping me and directing me through the process," Saiz said. "I think that it was very influential in my success."

Dan Dooley, a financial advisor for Edward Jones for 11 years, agrees. He received both his bachelor's degree and his MBA from The College of Business.

"We have a lot of graduates of Nevada, which is pretty incredible," Dooley said.

He explained that Edward Jones creates partnerships with not only The College of Business but also with the other colleges through campus career fairs.

"We found (the University of Nevada, Reno) to be a good source of quality candidates for possible employment with our firm," Dooley said.

According to Dooley, the relationships that he formed during his time at the University of Nevada, Reno are the most valuable aspects of going through The College of Business.

"I think that was probably one of the best values of going through the Nevada program," he said.

Edward Jones financial advisor John Boyd has been at the company for 24 years. He graduated from The College of Business with a degree in accounting in 1988. Boyd recruited Dan Dooley to Edward Jones when Dooley was a student.

"Edward Jones is always looking for quality candidates that are local, who have grown up in the community and are interested in putting roots in the community," Boyd said.

Edward Jones gives recent graduates the ability to start their own practice in their community. "What we are looking for in terms of candidates are people who want to build a career who enjoy the entrepreneurial side of it," Boyd said.

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