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Last updated on Friday, October 10, 2014, 9:18 am

James Bell

Bell Inspired by the Personal Aspect of Financial Planning

  A knack for numbers and a love of spreadsheets set James Bell on course for a career in finance during his undergraduate career at Tulane University in New Orleans. It was 20 years ago, but he still remembers his initial fascination with the idea that abstract problems on a page could relate to the real world in a concrete, meaningful way. “It turned a light bulb on for me,” Bell said. That path ultimately led him to Garrison Financial in Fayetteville, where he has worked as vice president and equity portfolio manager for the past 12 years.  During that time, while his affinity for the technical side of the job endured, he also discovered a more crucial element of his profession, one he now considers to be the driving force in his career and the core of his work: improving... [ MORE ]

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