Press Release

Jul 17, 2018

Branch Spotlight: Naples, FL

At Janney, we understand that the success of our business depends largely on the quality of our people. The firm’s Naples, Florida branch office represents one example of how Janney employees throughout our footprint are making a meaningful difference in the lives of clients and in the communities in which we live and work.

When describing the office’s approach to community engagement and branding, Steve Spahr, Senior Vice President, Branch Manager of the Naples Office, and Assistant Regional Manager of Janney's Florida Region, says that a number of factors are taken into consideration. Naples is a seasonal town and a small community. It’s also one of the wealthiest cities in the United States and very philanthropic.

“We participate and sponsor events that aren’t typical for other financial advisory firms and support organizations that will have the biggest impact on the local community,” said Steve. “Despite Naples being one the wealthiest cities in the country, it’s just miles away from poverty. When we give back, it’s often benefitting the impoverished communities that surround this wealthy town and we never have a shortage of clients and employees who want to get involved.”

Athlete crossing the finish line at the Janney-sponsored 32nd annual Naples Fitness Challenge Triathlon

A great example is the office’s sponsorship of local marathon races. In June, Janney was the only financial services firm to sponsor the 32nd annual Naples Fitness Challenge Triathlon. The event, in which Steve participates in and leads the Janney team, has been sponsored by Janney for the last four years and supports Grace Place for Children & Families in Collier County, a nonprofit that aims to provide pathways out of poverty by educating children and families in the nearby community of Golden Gate City. The Janney team has placed first among the relay teams three times in the last four years. The triathlon is the second race the Naples office sponsored this year. Earlier in 2018, Janney was also a lead sponsor of the annual Naples Daily News Half Marathon, an Olympic qualifying race with approximately 1,800 runners.

“These athletic events have grown in popularity attracting local, national and even international competitors, but it’s still largely a local, community event, which is different than a lot of the races out there now,” said Steve. “With these athletic events, you can get people organized in a small town and really experience the impact and comradery of giving back.”

While the Naples office is a very locally-focused branch, the causes it supports through volunteering, fundraising and board affiliations are broad and diverse. In addition to his participation in a number of local races, Steve has been on the Board of Directors for the Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation for over 25 years and has supported environmental causes by giving back to organizations like the Everglades Foundation. LJ Knoll, Financial Advisor in Naples, is a member of Naples Green Scene and volunteers with the Regional Building Committee and the Southern Florida Disaster Relief team. Tom Gayer, First Vice President/Investments, is a former board member of Opera Naples, a member of the Sarasota Fines Arts Association, and is involved with the Naples North Rotary Club.

LJ Knoll and Steve Spahr at the PACE Center's 2018 5k Run/Walk for the Future

Amy Manley, a Registered Private Client Associate and CFP®, is also active in a number of local community organizations, including many that are focused on the advancement of women and girls. For several years, she has volunteered for the PACE Center for Girls, Collier, which provides education, counseling, training and advocacy for girls and young women. Amy helped organize the Naples office’s sponsorship of the PACE Center’s 5K Run/Walk for the Future and it’s role as a dress collection site for the organization’s annual “Love that Dress” fundraiser, in which clients and the public stop by the office to donate their gently worn dresses. Amy is also a member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Neapolitan Chapter. Each fall, she invites clients and friends of the firm to attend ABWA’s annual Women’s Business Showcase, which highlights local women-owned or managed businesses and nonprofits that provide support to women and children in the area.

“We believe that the people in the office are our brand,” said Amy. “When people see that Janney has a visible presence at these events and that so many of us in the office are involved in activities benefitting the community, it’s a great indication of the kind of people that work here. Because the activities we are involved in are so personal, they are a true reflection of who we are – both as a branch and as people.” Steve agreed with Amy’s sentiment, “Our people are our greatest asset and that’s proved to be a real selling-point when recruiting talent or prospecting new business.”

Despite having opened only three years ago, the Naples branch office has been successful in establishing a collegial atmosphere and building the Janney brand in the region. “As a relatively new office, we have plans for growth and I look forward to establishing more traditions in the office and around the Naples community,” said Steve. “Janney has a great story to tell. I’m proud to tell that story and look forward to seeing how the Naples office has grown and evolved in the years to come.”

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