In celebration of our parent company’s 30th anniversary, this week’s 30-year employee spotlight is Mike Jones, managing director/investment services of Argent Advisors.
What led you to Argent and what makes it unique?
Having graduated from Louisiana Tech University I was already familiar with Ruston, Louisiana. My wife and I desired to raise our family in a setting like Ruston and that was the initial draw. Ironically, I felt that meant I would be working for a small investment firm. Never could I imagine that we would grow to the size that we are today.
Why do you enjoy working at Argent?
The mission. The people. The flexibility. I do not take my responsibilities lightly. It helps that I am accompanied in my duties with a team of cohorts that have my respect, admiration and loyalty. We have a special bond which I pray will never be broken.
What does the company mean to you?
One’s work should not define an individual. Who we are and what makes us unique should go far deeper. But our work can and should contribute to that identity. Argent does that for me. It would be most difficult to imagine my life over the last 30 years without this company.
Recount a favorite memory or project from your time at Argent:
It has to be when a customer of mine accidentally gave me the wrong ticker for a stock and I decided to do a little research on it. We both bought some and it went from four dollars to $40 in the scope of the month. We sold it and two weeks later it was worth $600 a share. How can one not forget the days of the internet bubble!
What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Argent?
I want to take my staff to Switzerland, my favorite country outside of the USA.
What is a random fact about you?
I have ridden a bike to the highest paved road in all of Europe. Five hours up, two hours down.