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Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Melissa Loest is one of the newest businesses to open in Guthrie Center. Let's get to know a little more about Melissa!

๐Ÿ. ๐†๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ/๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ. I grew up in Roland (a small town north of Ames) where my mom is the Edward Jones financial advisor in the community. After seeing the impact she made and the relationships she's built, I knew I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I joined Edward Jones in 2013 and never looked back! I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to move to Guthrie and start building my business in 2018. Thanks to our clients and the trust they place in us, the business has grown steadily and I was able to add Kris to the team in May. On the personal side, my husband Patrick and I were married in December 2020 and love spending time working on our acreage together. In my spare time, I have a heart for service and love volunteering.

๐Ÿ. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ? I've been a financial advisor in Guthrie County since October 2018, but we celebrated our first anniversary in our Guthrie Center office in June!

๐Ÿ‘. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ'๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ? I'm proud of (and thankful for) the number of relationships we've have been able to build in the 3 years I've been in Guthrie County.

๐Ÿ’. ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐จ? Always strive to be the best version of myself while making a positive impact in other people's lives and on the community.

๐Ÿ“. ๐–๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง? Kris Thomas Arrasmith is my right-hand woman. I'm so thankful to have her as my partner in serving our clients and building our business. She's becoming my administrative guru and can help with most questions.

๐Ÿ”. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š? My husband, Patrick, sought out the Guthrie County assignment with the Iowa State Patrol. He brought me over several times to visit while we were still dating and I fell in love with the community.

๐Ÿ•. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž? The community โ€“ we truly have some of the best people, great schools, and I wouldn't want to start my family or grow my business anywhere else.

๐Ÿ–. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง? We are most active on our Facebook page, but also have LinkedIn and our website.

๐Ÿ—. ๐€๐ง๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ? We are accepting new clients and happy to be of service when the time is right. There is no cost to have a conversation to see if we're the right fit for you.

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