Michael Fender – Edwards Jones
Michael Fender - Edward Jones
Making Sense of Investing
a: 13 Park Ave West | Suite 104
Mansfield, OH 44902
When Michael Fender joined the military, he had no idea the principles and practices he’d learn would help him one day become a better financial advisor. He enlisted in the National Guard in May of 2001 and after basic training and a handful of other roles, he decided to take his military career to the next level and become a full time guardsman. In 2006, Michael was full time at the military base and he and his wife made the move to Mansfield. He transitioned into different roles over the years, but always served at the base in some capacity.
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Michael has been to 47 countries through his military service. Pictured here at the South Pole.
A few years later, Michael took a leap of faith and opened a local small business. He applied his military training to help him run the business as he managed employees, accounts, finances, and other aspects of the company. During this time, Michael was still involved at the base and was balancing his time between work, the National Guard, and his wife and four kids. He made the decision to sell the business and focus on his family and what was next.
The Fender Family
When he and his wife were out one evening, they ran into a friend celebrating a promotion with Edward Jones. Handpicked by his predecessor to take over the Edward Jones office, Michael then completed the necessary coursework and registrations before transitioning into the office. Unlike many financial advisors starting in the business straight out of college, Michael brings an array of life experience that can’t be taught in business school. He explains, “When I’m flying in the military, before every flight we prepare. We have a meeting to create a comprehensive flight plan for all aspects of the journey. Once we’re in flight, issues and situations arise. We have to adapt, make adjustments, and correct. There is no flight where every detail goes exactly as planned. You have to be prepared for obstacles, we plan ahead for them. The same can be said for finance. Numbers go up and down, it’s knowing how to adapt to those changes and stay focused that helps you complete a mission or reach the goal.”
Michael is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, bringing the tools and resources of an international investment firm to the individual and personal relationships he builds with his clients. Edward Jones has a proven process of matching appropriate investments to their clients. Michael embodies this by getting to know his clients personally and selecting the best fitting investments. He states, “It’s about the bigger picture, I try to focus on the client and recommend what makes sense for each individual situation. My time in the military has taught me to be honest and up front, and sometimes my clients need that from me. When you’re talking about someone’s life savings, it’s important they understand what’s going on. At the end of the day I’m the same guy you see at school functions or around town. Our clients appreciate our down to earth approach.”
This year, Michael celebrates 20 years serving in the National Guard
“When I’m flying in the military, before every flight we prepare. We have a meeting to create a comprehensive flight plan for all aspects of the journey. Once we’re in flight, issues and situations arise. We have to adapt, make adjustments, and correct. You have to be prepared for obstacles, we plan ahead for them. The same can be said for finance. Numbers go up and down, it’s knowing how to adapt to those changes and stay focused that helps you complete a mission or reach the goal.”
Michael enjoys working with small business owners, active military members and veterans, families, and anyone changing jobs or going through a new season of life. If you’re looking for guidance with your finances, contact Michael at (419) 522 5446 for an in-person, phone, or virtual meeting. You can also find more info online at
Michael’s office is located inside the Barington One building in Downtown Mansfield