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Distinguished Speaker Series

John BachmannJohn Bachmann
Senior Partner
Edward Jones

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.

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