Distinguished Speaker Series
The Financial Meltdown — One Year Later
5:15 p.m., Reception Follows
October 22, 2009
Berger Auditorium at McClelland Hall
The Eller College of Management
The University of Arizona
[Parking is available for a fee in the Park Avenue Garage immediately west of McClelland Hall.]
About John Bachmann
John W. Bachmann, senior partner of Edward Jones, grew up in Salem, Ill. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., and an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. Bachmann is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws from Wabash College and an honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Bachmann began his career at Edward Jones as a part-time college intern in 1959. Upon completion of his formal education, he joined the firm full-time.
Beginning in 1963, Bachmann spent seven years as a financial advisor in Columbia, Mo., and in 1970 returned to St. Louis as a partner with responsibility for fixed-income product marketing. He later gained experience in strategic planning, corporate finance, and technology.
In 1980, Bachmann succeeded Edward D. “Ted” Jones Jr. as managing partner of Edward Jones. Bachmann built upon Mr. Jones’ philosophy of serving the needs of individual investors from one-financial advisor offices. This included using technology in a way that directly benefited, yet was transparent to, individual investors. During Bachmann’s tenure, Edward Jones grew from 200 offices in 28 states to more than 9,000 offices throughout the United States, as well as its affiliates in Canada and the United Kingdom.
After 24 years in the role, he stepped down as managing partner and became senior partner in December 2003. Bachmann served two terms as chairman of the Securities Industry Association in 1987 and 1988, a time of great turbulence because of the October 1987 stock market crash.
Bachmann’s past outside activities include serving as chairman, U.S.
Chamber of Commerce (2004–2005); chairman, Executive
Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2005–2006);
campaign chairman of the United Way of Greater St. Louis (2002),
chairman of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth
Association (2000–2002); chairman of the Saint Louis Symphony
Orchestra; and commissioner of the St. Louis Science Center. His
current outside activities include Canadian Honorary Consul in
Missouri; emeritus trustee of Wabash College; chairman of the
Board of Visitors of the Peter F. Drucker Center and trustee of the
Claremont Graduate University; trustee of Washington University
in St. Louis; Senior Council Board Member of the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce; director of AMR Corporation, American Airlines,
Inc.; director of The Monsanto Company; and director, Missouri Baptist Medical Center.