Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle was earning his MBA at Washington University when he was hired in 1976 as a part-time intern in the Edward Jones Research department. After completing his MBA, Weddle became a financial advisor in Connersville, Ind., and opened the firm’s 200th branch.
In 1984, Weddle was named a principal and returned to St. Louis, where he shared responsibility for the design and delivery of Financial Advisor Training. He then led Mutual Fund Sales and Marketing, one of the firm’s largest areas. Weddle was later asked to spearhead the firm’s growth across the East Coast and coordinate the efforts of all four branch development teams. Under his direction, the firm’s East Coast presence grew from 250 to more than 1,000 offices.
He was named a member of the firm’s Management Committee in 1987, and in late 1997, Weddle assumed responsibility for all branch offices, which included overseeing branch facilities, financial advisor compensation, financial advisor leadership development and new office construction. In January 2006, he succeeded Douglas E. Hill as the firm’s fifth managing partner.
An Illinois native and graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., Weddle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s Securities Industry Institute in 1988. He served as a trustee of the institute from 1989 to 1993.
Weddle is a member of the Washington University Olin School of Business National Council, the Executive Committee of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Executive Committee of Civic Progress, the Barnes Jewish Hospital Board, and the Barnes Jewish Corporate Board.
He is a past board member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Board of Governors, the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the YMCA of Greater St. Louis; a past member of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council, the Webster University Board of Trustees and the Board of Commissioners of the St. Louis Science Center; and a past board president of FOCUS St. Louis. He also served as the 2010 Campaign Chair and is a past board chair of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.