‘I am not sure if I really consider my job work’ Brian Yurek, Edward Jones financial adviser

Brian Yurek, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Williamsport, Md., drinks a flavored carbonated water at his office.
By Ric Dugan/Staff photographer

Brian Yurek has been an Edward Jones financial adviser since July 2013.

He recently received the company’s “TNT” client development award for outstanding service efforts over the past year.

Only 483 of the firm’s more than 15,000 financial advisors received the award.

The award derives its name from firm legends who, in the 1950s, traveled the Midwest from Tuesday through Thursday each week, becoming known as “TNT” brokers.

Yurek holds a bachelor’s degree from York College and a master’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University.

He lives in Williamsport with his wife and daughter.

On a break, is it coffee, tea, soda, water … ?

Water is a favorite of mine for any break. Recently I have found a love for carbonated water with a little flavor. Having the water gets me going for the day and does not give me the jitters of coffee. Sometimes when I think I am hungry it turns out that I just need some water and right back to work.

An average day for you includes … ?

Every morning I wake up to a beautiful wife and precious daughter. After that I head to the gym or meet with friends for a coffee. At 8:30 a.m. I am in to work or off to meet with a client. My days are all about building lifelong relationships with clients, their friends and family. Some days that means having a deep financial discussion, and other days it is having lunch and shopping for antiques with a client. The time is wonderful because every relationship is different and I never set a limit to appointments. My assistant and I meet throughout the day to go over any task as a team to make sure every item is accomplished and that we completely understand our client’s situation. At the end of the day I try to eat dinner with my family, but that does not always happen with late appointments. I try to end each night with study and reading.

What have been the biggest opportunities and challenges you’ve seen this year?

My biggest challenge this year has been time. Time seems to slip away, and the year just goes by as quickly as it arrived. Balancing work, family and faith is a continual challenge. The greatest opportunity has been establishing our team as the money guy for the Williamsport area. I work with so many people and teach them about finances. I was asked to be part of the planning commission for the town of Williamsport in developing the economy.

What developments are you following as we enter the fall?

The first I would say is the world news and the “noise” that comes with it. I am excited for the aqueduct in Williamsport and all the developments and future growth that is happening around town.

Outside of work, what are your ambitions and aspirations?

I am not sure if I really consider my job work. Something I have always been told if you enjoy what you do then you never work a day in your life. My biggest aspiration and ambition would be able to leave a lasting legacy for my family and the community. It would be wonderful to leave an endowment to the community to support the future and preservation of the arts and recreation. I would love to be remembered as being a “great guy, great father and wonderful friend.”

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