John Brand follows career path of his father, grandfather
John Brand is following his father and his grandfather’s career path. Frank “John” Brand III, joined Stifel as a financial advisor in January of this year. His father Frank J. “Buddy” Brand II also works for Stifel and has 30 years in the investment business; seven in banking. John’s grandfather, the late Frank John Brand, was one of the first, if not the first, investment brokers in Florence. The elder Brand started with Courts & Company which later became Johnson, Lane. He retired after 40 years in the investment business.
The third Frank J. Brand was born in Florence but grew up in Lenoir, N.C. Florence is also home because he spent a lot of weekends and holidays here with his dad. Like his dad, he graduated from The Citadel – Class of 2006. After graduation, his desire was to get into the investment business, but his dad advised him to get some banking experience first. “Dad said people don’t want to trust their money with a 22 year-old,” he recalled, so he took his dad’s advice and sought work in banking.
John worked in Mount Pleasant with NBSC for four and a half years and then spent another four and a half years with SunTrust where he worked closely with the investment advisors. Now he is working his dream. “I am excited to be here. It has been a challenge, but it’s what I’ve always wanted to do.
Everyday is a little different,” John said. He added that Stifel gives their brokers the freedom to do whatever their clients need them to do. “It is almost overwhelming the options we have,” he said. “They don’t push Stifel products. They want us to do the best for each client.” John is also thrilled to be a part of the Stifel team. “I feel blessed to have a great group of guys and staff to work with, most of whom I grew up knowing,” John said. “Together we have over 100 years of experience in this building.”
John is married to Kinsey Brand who grew up in Wisconsin. They were married in 2008 and have a daughter, Raelyn, almost 2. Now settled in Florence, he has become a member of the Pee Dee Kiwanis Club and is looking forward to being a part of the good things that they do for the community.