The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


August 26, 2006

James returns to roots to open firm

Palestine — After leaving home to pursue a college degree and career, and make a name for himself in the business world, Palestine native David James recently returned home to the small town life he always loved.

“I have roots here, and I have family and close friends here,” James said about his reasons for returning to the area. “Palestine is just a nice place to live. It feels so good to be back.”

The Palestine High School grad attended Baylor University where he participated in the entrepreneurship program. It was there that James’ interest in finance grew and turned into a viable career option.

After receiving his degree, James began working for Edward Jones and spent the last five years at the company’s Whitehouse branch. Earlier this year he decided to go into business for himself in his hometown.

“I wanted to get back to Palestine,” he said. “It is a great place to raise a family.”

So James and his wife packed their belongings and their two Labradors and moved to Palestine to open the James Financial Group on May 22.

“Getting to be back home and be in private practice allows me to offer customers any and all financial services that are available,” James said. “I feel that I can be more client-driven, rather than product-driven.”

James Financial Group is located at 100 Avenue A in the United Country Real Estate building in Palestine. James and operations manager Lori Baack can be reached at 903-729-7070.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.

In his free time, James enjoys hunting and fishing, being outdoors and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Liana, are heavily involved in church work. The couple is expecting their first child in December.

James’ father, Barry, and his brother, Jeff, share an orthodontics practice in Palestine.


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