Investment expert Carol Nobles, a veteran of the financial services industry for more than 30 years, began a new chapter in her professional career when she recently accepted the position of financial advisor for the prestigious Fortune 500 investment firm Edward Jones.
Previously employed at a small brokerage firm in Pinecrest for 18 years, Nobles’ new position is a welcome change of scenery and one of more responsibility.
“I decided to accept an offer with Edward Jones because, as a national firm, it has been recognized not only as a great company to work for, but also one with wonderful research capabilities for its clients,” she said. “Plus, after more than 30 years in the business, I now have my own branch office.”
Nobles began her career working as an assistant to the treasurer for a property management firm. She found she enjoyed putting her knack for pursuing the highest returns on investments to use, and she sought out a job in finance at Merrill Lynch, where she fine tuned her skills as a protégé of 63-year brokerage veteran Ben Simonetti.
“Ben was already up there in years when I met him – he was there for the crash of 1929,” Nobles said. “He taught me things you won’t find in a training manual, such as how to be a ‘customer’s man,’ which meant you always put the customer first.”
Now the veteran herself, Nobles has embraced the role of mentor, taking under her wing branch office administrator Karin Meyer, who has been involved in the financial sector for just 10 months.
“Carol is one of the most ambitious and personable people I’ve ever met in my life,” said Meyer. “She sets goals, she meets them and she’s very approachable, which is what makes her such a great financial advisor, because you need someone that’s approachable who you can trust with your money.”
In her off-time, Nobles is an active member of the community, serving as president of the Rotary Club of Miami Metro Zoo, a member of Elks Lodge 948 and as a board member of the SafeSpace Foundation, a nonprofit domestic violence prevention organization.
“My passion is to give back to the community by organizing events and fundraisers,” she said. “Working with often likeminded people is always pleasurable and some have even become clients.”
All of her efforts, both personally and professionally, are made easier by the support of her husband, Charlie. A sportswriter for more than 35 years, his recent interest in the stock market has fueled several lively conversations between them.
A proud, yet humble trailblazer for women in her field, Carol Nobles is eager to discover what the future holds for her.
“Given the challenges that women who have chosen a career in this industry face, it hasn’t always been easy, but I’m still here and I feel the best is yet to come,” she said. “I’m happy in what I do and how I live and that, to me, is true success.”