Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Jim Douglas, is pleased to announce that Human Resources “Guru,” Anthony McBride, will serve as the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Valley Health Business-at-the-Bloom Luncheon. Anchoring the middle of the packed 10-day Festival Schedule, this fairly new event has grown to become one of the area’s premier business networking opportunities; and, it has been on a roll in recent years with an impressive string of top-level, nationally-recognizable business executives and entrepreneurs.
Anthony McBride joined Edward Jones in 2011 as a principal and Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for successfully identifying and delivering solutions that met the firm’s “2020 Vision.” McBride serves on the firm’s Management Committee. Before joining Edward Jones, McBride worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) for 15 years, where he served as that firm’s Chief Human Resources Officer. Before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, he served as a Human Resources Consultant at Personnel Divisions, Inc., where he worked with numerous public and private companies to select and develop top talent. A native of Houston, Texas, McBride earned a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University.
Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P., [since 1995 simplified as “Edward Jones”] is a financial services firm headquartered in Des Peres, Missouri. It serves investment clients in the U.S. and Canada through its branch network of more than 12,000 locations, and currently has relationships with nearly 7 million clients worldwide. The firm focuses solely on individual investors and small-business owners. Edward Jones’ offices are usually staffed by just two associates: one Financial Advisor and one Branch Office Administrator. This model allows the firm to open offices in areas and towns where a large office staffed by many brokers would be unprofitable. This model is also the reason that Edward Jones currently has the largest number of branch offices among brokerage firms in the United States. The firm’s success is well-documented:
- Designated the firm “Highest in Investor Satisfaction” by J. D. Power and Associates in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013.
- In Canada also designated the firm “Highest in Investor Satisfaction” by J. D. Power and Associates in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.
- Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in the annual SmartMoney magazine full-service brokerage survey. The firm received high marks in the four categories surveyed by the magazine.
- Named one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine in its annual listing. The firm took the No. 4 spot overall in the ranking (2014).
The Valley Health Business-at-the-Bloom Luncheon is presented in conjunction with the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce; and, is sumptuously hosted once more by Carrabba’s Italian Grill. It will be held at 12noon on Wednesday, April 29th, at the Sprint Tent on the campus of the Winchester Medical Center at 1755 North Sector Court. Remaining tickets at $25.00 each will be available at the Official Festival Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet located at 302 North Cameron Street [same Old Town location as last year], and opening on Monday, March 30th. Regular tickets are General Admission; but, for an additional fee of $125, the Festival will package (8) $25 tickets at a reserved VIP table, with a table sign and other attractive perks.
Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Official Souvenir Store & Ticket Outlet, opening Monday, March 30th at 10am, located at 302 N. Cameron Street, Winchester.