Article/Picture Credit: Jessica Imbimbo, Morning News
“FLORENCE, S.C. — Wendell E. Jones Jr. was named the Small Business Person of the Year on Thursday afternoon during the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce 2017 Outlook Luncheon at the Florence Civic Center.
Jones is a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments whose office is located at 602 S. Coit Street in Florence.
Jones said he was completely surprised when he heard his name announced as this year’s award winner.
“My wife had made up a story that it was for our school our kids went to,” Jones said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Totally blew me away.”
Jones has worked for Edward Jones Investments for more than 20 years. He serves as both a financial advisor for his clients and a regional leader working alongside other advisors in 60 offices throughout the Pee Dee and surrounding counties.
Prior to his career in finance, Jones worked as an engineer for ABB and served in the U.S. Navy as a surface war officer in Operation Desert Storm. Jones earned a degree in electrical engineering and a Master’s in industrial management from Clemson, all while taking finance-related courses when his schedule allowed.
Jones volunteers extensively within his church at First Presbyterian Church where he is a deacon, elder and mentor for his confirmation class. As an Eagle Scout, Jones gives back to the scouting program by volunteering as an assistant scout master and merit badge counselor.
The Small Business Person of the Year award is sponsored by Dedicated Community Bank and was presented to Jones by the bank’s executive vice president Jim Ivey. Ivey recognized Jones as not only a successful business person and community leader but also a philanthropist and loving husband and father.
“Along with advising numerous client in financial matters and giving of himself throughout his community, Wendell makes family a priority,” Ivey said.
Jones thanked his wife Margaret, and his three children Caroline, Palmer and William, along with the many others in attendance for recognizing him with such a distinguished honor.
“We’re very fortunate. The lord has blessed us to be here and raise a family and build a great business,” Jones said. ” When we came here it was a small community. And now to see what’s going on and to see all the businesses in the downtown area it’s exciting.”
“It’s a whole bunch of people who have all come together. We’re just glad to be a part of it.”