We at J SINGLETON FINANCIAL focus the majority of our time on giving thoughtful financial advice to our clients. However, from time to time we find ourselves sourcing additional ways that we can have an impact in our community. We do not claim to be musical geniuses, but this past week our office got a chance to practice our singing with Jim Gill and 400 or so of Teton County’s youth.
J SINGLETON FINANCIAL partnered with the Teton County Library Foundation by sponsoring a sing-a-long with Jim Gill at the Center for the Arts. Prior to the sing-a-long, the JSF team donned aprons and hats handing out pizza and snacks to the families in attendance. We then joined the fun with our own families – dancing and singing to the energetic tunes.
Events like this really highlight how special a place Jackson Hole is. Special because of organizations like the Teton County Library Foundation. Thank you TCLF! Thank you for putting together the Jim Gill event and allowing us to be the sponsor. It was a very rewarding night for our team seeing all of the happy faces singing and dancing to the music.
You can find more information about Jim’s recordings, books, and information on how to contact Jim regarding booking an event at www.jimgill.com .
** Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse the opinions or services of Jim Gill, the Center for the Arts, or the Teton County Library Foundation.
Over this past weekend, Judy had the pleasure of spending time with Mary (Cece) Florence born to Adam and Emily Janak. Cece is already rocking her Raymond James swag and will be our future graduate. Welcome to the world Cece and congratulations to Emily & Adam!!!
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J Singleton Financial would like to share with you an interview Judy had the pleasure of doing with Stephan Abrams for The Jackson Hole Connection, a podcast created and inspired by the many stories of the wildly interesting folks connected to Jackson Hole.
Below is a brief description of Judy’s interview with Stephan.
“In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits Judy Singleton. Judy is a entrepreneur, financial planner, world traveler, and a former Yellowstone Parkie. Judy started visiting Jackson Hole on family road trips in the 50s. At the advice of her sister, Judy’s first solo experience out in Wyoming was working a summer in Yellowstone at the Snow Lodge in 1971. In 1984 after opening a successful candy and nut shop in Alabama, Judy decided to take her business up to Teton Village.
Stephan and Judy talk about ambition, hitch hiking, being a Parkie, opening a business, traveling by train, surviving in Jackson Hole, learning new skills, and what motivated Judy to become a financial planner.”
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With the holiday season in full swing J Singleton Financial wanted to spread some holiday cheer to the residents and families at Jackson’s local nonprofit, Community Safety Network. CSN supports lasting change in the lives of those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
We asked the residents to compile a list of their Christmas wishes and we checked it twice! The JSF team spent one afternoon wrapping the presents with some of us learning to wrap for the first time. Another afternoon was spent as Santa’s elves delivering everything to Andy Cavallaro and the rest of the CSN staff.
The JSF Team is so grateful to be given the opportunity to collaborate with everyone at Community Safety Network and will cherish this memory. We hope we were able to brighten the holiday season for those currently residing at CSN the way they were able to brighten ours!
The JSF Team
Raymond James is not affiliated and does not endorse the Community Safety Network.
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Last week the JSF office went to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) for a team building activity. Our goal – the Via Ferrata! For those who do not know, Via Ferrata was installed at JHMR and translates to “iron way”. Fun fact, this type of climbing apparatus dates back to WWI and was used to help armies traverse mountains. It is a fixed cable on the mountain climber’s use as an aid and we highly recommend giving it a try.
JSF’s primary purpose is managing risk for our clients. Therefore, what better way to build our bond as a team then to rely on each other to assist in managing the Via Ferrata. The initial climb was intimidating, but with encouragement and team work we all climbed to the summit and traversed the suspension bridge over Casper Bowl. Great work team!
Early on in my career one of my mentors pressed upon me the importance of giving back. That advice has continued to pay dividends throughout my 24+ year financial career. The joy and fulfillment received in helping others remains one of my fundamental drivers. Furthermore, this giving back mentality is also shared with our partner – Raymond James Financial. Each year Raymond James dedicates the month of August to giving back and challenges all of its employees and partners to participate. Challenge accepted!
This month the JSF team volunteered at Teton Literacy Center. Hopefully you already know about this wonderful organization providing after school enrichment clubs, summer camps, tutoring, and family literacy programming – all at zero cost to their clients. I have listed their website below if you want to find out more about how they continue to make Jackson Hole a better place.
Last Thursday afternoon our office purchased the entire back to school supply list for all of TLC’s summer camp students. We set up a store of the supplies and then passed them out to the excited students. Seeing the children’s enthusiasm for learning was by far my favorite take away. Organizing events like this take a great deal of work and I would like to personally thank Laura Soltau – Executive Director, Kristin Livingstone – Associate Director, and the entire Teton Literacy Staff for helping make the afternoon possible.
Raymond James is not affiliated with Teton Literacy Center, Laura Soltau or Kristin Livingston.
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In researching 10th anniversary gifts I came across an article that explained the traditional anniversary gift is tin, or aluminum… That just didn’t seem to fit so I read a bit further and saw that the modern day gift is diamonds. That struck a chord with me, being that I feel like – on the 10th anniversary of J SINGLETON FINANCIAL – I am surrounded by a group of diamonds. Colleagues and clients alike.
This past week JSF celebrated 10 years with a company gathering in my back yard. It seems like yesterday that I packed everything up at the Jackson State Bank and walked across the street to open my own practice. I feel blessed not only by a great staff but also by all of the wonderful clients that I have had the pleasure of working with – some for over 20 years! On this anniversary I say thank you to everyone who has helped make J SINGLETON FINANCIAL the practice it is today. Thank you for putting your trust with us, and I look forward to seeing what the next 10 years hold.
This last month Hadyn and I attended Raymond James’ national conference in Washington D.C. Time was spent visiting historic sites (The White House & Mount Vernon), professional development, and meeting with some of the best and brightest the financial industry has to offer. A few highlighted speakers that we heard from were Andy Friedman, commonly referred to as “one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers on all things political”, Robert Gates, former US Secretary of Defense, and Adam Alter, who spoke about our society’s current addiction to screens.
We also attended two intimate dinners – one with Jeff Saut, Raymond James’ Chief Investment strategist, and one with James Camp Co-portfolio manager of Eagle Strategic Income. Both dinners were very productive.
The conversation at dinner with James Camp centered on the discipline that it takes to stick to an investment strategy when it is out of favor with what is currently popular. In a day and age where everyone seems to have the secret to the next investment home run it was good to hear some level headed thoughts about keeping it simple and investing in high quality – so called “boring” investments.
Our night out with Jeff Saut was a real treat. We went to dinner a top the W Hotel adjacent the White House. Being able to discuss the markets one on one with Jeff was amazing. He reiterated why he thinks the markets are headed higher and we are in a secular bull market – “The economy is stronger than a garlic milkshake!”.
All in all it was a very productive trip. Every now and then it is good to step away from day to day obligations and spend time focusing on how we can better serve our clients. We cannot wait to take the insights we learned and improve our deliverables to our clients.
Any opinions are those of Judy Singleton and not necessarily of Raymond James.
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This past weekend J SINGLETON FINANCIAL sponsored the 6th annual Touch-A-Truck. This event is put together by the wonderful staff and volunteers of the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. The event allows children of all ages to explore vehicles of all sorts in a safe supervised environment. Our kids and grandkids – as you can tell – had a fabulous time!
Mother’s Day is a time to take a moment and show appreciation to some of the most important people in the world – our Moms. We celebrated a few wonderful mothers by hosting a brunch at The Club at 3 Creek on Mother’s Day this year. Thank you to all of the other mothers out there doing the million things that assure that this world is filled with love. – Judy
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At J Singleton Financial, located in Jackson, Wyoming, our team provides our clients the information they may need to choose the most suitable investment products and services for their specific financial needs, including asset management, retirement plans, trust services, managed accounts, 401(k) plans, life insurance and more.
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170 E Broadway Suite 100D
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