By Kara Davidson
Gazette Reporter 

Kyle Hooper joins staff at Edward Jones in Colfax

 

February 7, 2019

Kyle Hooper and Curtis Scholz

Kyle Hooper, left, has joined father-in-law Curtis Scholz, right, at the Edward Jones office in Colfax.

Kyle Hooper from Santa Clarita, Calif., has joined Curtis Scholz, his father-in-law, as a financial advisor at the Edward Jones office in Colfax. He received a welcome party at the office last Thursday.

Hooper met his wife, Erin, while they were both in Phoenix, Ariz. Erin, née Scholz, was in graduate school studying physical therapy while Hooper was training as a member of the Dodger minor league baseball team. He made it as far as Double A.

Unsure of what to do after he finished his last season of baseball in 2017, Hooper attended an Edward Jones financial advisor meeting with Scholz. He developed an interest in the business and brushed off his resumé.

Before he could be a full employee, Hooper had to finish his studies for a college degree at University of California in Irvine after working for the summer of 2017 at the Almota grain elevator in Colfax.

After spending five months in training at the company headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Hooper has now been with the company for about a year.

Finishing at the top of his class, Hooper moved back to Colfax in September.

"This California boy decided he liked it in Whitman County," said Scholz about his son-in-law.

"I honestly love it," said Hooper. "California is a good place to be from, but this place has more of a family atmosphere."

Hooper knew this was where he wanted to be after first living here during his off-season in 2016. The locals made an impression when they helped him learn how how to drive in the snow.

"The community was so helpful, and the family atmosphere was perfect and where I wanted to be," said Hooper.

Edward Jones, which has been in Colfax for 13 years, needed to see some local growth, and Hooper fit the bill.

"It's the interaction with people," he said, "I hear people's goals and can help them meet those goals. If we can get people to retire and reach their goals, if we can do that, we're in good shape."

Hooper enjoys working with his father-in-law.

"Having someone who is invested in me doing a good job is a great help as I'm getting started," said Hooper.

While the two might have some friendly competition, their work doesn't have much overlap.

"Kyle's goal is to make everyone in Colfax a millionaire," Scholz commented with a smile.

"It's a good goal," replied Hooper, also with a smile.

"That's our goal: help Colfax grow one investor at a time," said Scholz.

Scholz was also happy to announce that his daughter and son-in-law were helping Colfax grow in other ways.

Hooper and his wife are now expecting their first child in mid-June.

"It's an amazing feeling to get to go home every night to my wonderful wife. It's a wonderful feeling," Hooper said.


 
 

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