Archive for Wednesday, October 23, 2002

New financial planning office to serve Tonganoxie area

October 23, 2002

A well-traveled Randy Marshall has put a decade of time into military service.

Now, the 33-year old New York native is putting his time into providing financial services.

Marshall, who has bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from Park University in Parkville, Mo., began a career with Edward Jones as a financial adviser in April. Previously, he served 10 years in the Navy, stationed the last four and a half years at Fort Leavenworth.

Marshall doesn't have an office yet, so he is working out of his home for the time being.

"It's my mobile command center," Marshall said with a laugh.

Marshall said he hopes to have an office soon, either in downtown Tonganoxie or the Tongaridge development near U.S. Highway 24-40.

The financial world always has intrigued him and being with Edward Jones now is a perfect fit.

"I feel real fortunate that they hired me," Marshall said. "They only hire about 1 percent of all their applicants."

His work has meant some long days for Marshall, but he enjoys it.

"Long days don't bother me," he said. "In fact, I'm working longer hours than I did in the Navy."

Much of Marshall's time is spent going door-to-door, something he said has worked well.

"I'm very encouraged by the reception of people of Tonganoxie," he said. "I fell very welcomed in this town."

While in the armed forces, Marshall was on each of the nation's coasts and in 23 countries. He's now ready to anchor the ship in Tonganoxie.

"I'm not moving," he said. "I've had my fill of moving."

Growing up in upstate New York near Buffalo, Marshall appreciates living in a small town. His wife is from Iowa and her grandmother is lives in Topeka, so the migration has brought Marshall back to a small-town setting. Marshall and his wife, Heather, live in Tonganoxie with their children, Taylor, 5, and Jake, 3.

Along with Tonganoxie, Marshall also serves McLouth and Basehor.

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