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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Edward Jones renovates H.W. Smith building
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DeWayne Grice

               David Beaubien was a high school student in Gainesville, Ga., when he recalls watching the Georgia Southern Eagles win their fourth national championship on TV.
        It was at that very moment that he decided he would select GSU as his college of choice. More than 20 years later, his choice remains a great decision for David. He met his wife Jill Hodges, a native of Swainsboro, at GSU and decided to make Statesboro home after graduating with a finance degree.
        He began his career in banking with Wachovia locally and later moved on to Eagle Bank as a senior vice president before becoming the first president of Citizens Bank. As president of Citizens, he helped establish their presence in the community and led the efforts to build the current branch on the bypass. Looking for a new challenge, David accepted the position of director of the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation in 2011.
        "Every career opportunity helped prepare me for the next step in my career," Beaubien said. "When a fraternity brother, Richie Turner of Moultrie, reached out to me with the idea of joining the Edward Jones team it seemed like a logical next step. After researching the opportunity and meeting with the two other local Edward Jones Financial Advisors, Wade Elliott and Alex McGhee, I determined there was a need and this opportunity was a fit."
        Once he made the move to Edward Jones last year, the next step was to find a suitable location for an office. After looking at property all over Statesboro, Beaubien and the Edward Jones team settled on the former H.W. Smith Jeweler's building on South Main Street in downtown Statesboro.
        Over the next few months, the building was completely renovated. It is a wonderful "new" addition to the "Blue Mile" is Statesboro.
        "We worked to keep as much of the original building intact," Beaubien said. "The character of the brick walls and incorporating existing items like the china case have really worked well with the new design. There is so much history in this building. Almost daily people share wonderful memories that began here. In fact, my wife's grandfather purchased her grandmother's wedding ring in this very room."
        There is a bit of nostalgic irony to seeing this beautiful building that has touched so many in our community repurposed in such a great way.
        "As a financial adviser, helping clients achieve their financial goals is what we do every day," he said. "It is so wonderful to help my clients do this in a building where, in many ways, life as they know it today began."
        Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.
        The firm's 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly seven million clients. Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis.
        "I want to thank Wade Elliott for everything he has done to help give me a jump start in the market," Beaubien said. "Both Wade and Alex McGhee have been really supportive in every way. Even though we operate in three different locations in Statesboro, we are all part of the Edward Jones team."
        Stop in to the new South Main office on Wednesday, Feb. 3 as the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce officially cuts the ribbon at 11:30 a.m. They will be hosting an open house until 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to see the restoration of the building and meet David and Pam McFarlin, the branch office assistant.

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