Veterans + Network = VETNET: Ameriprise Financial

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Published in the January/February 2013 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Founded in 1894, Ameriprise Financial has kept on going through financial panics, business cycles that have been more trough than peak, the Great Depression, and the Great Recession. The company has about 10,000 financial advisors, of whom more than 2,000 are employees of the company and over 7,000 are independent advisors. Overall, Ameriprise Financial has more than 11,000 employees. The company has $678 billion in assets under management and administration, and it has never taken a bailout.

Ameriprise Financial is a top 10 provider of mutual funds, financial planning, annuities, and insurance; and it has more financial planning clients than any other firm. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis, with presence in New York City, Boston, Providence, Green Bay, Las Vegas, Detroit, and elsewhere.

Ameriprise Financial offers career paths in multiple areas – such as marketing, financial planning, IT, sales, service, claims – and growth opportunities at locations across the country. Currently, the company’s biggest hiring need is for advisors and customer service associates for their Las Vegas location.

The company is interested in hiring veterans because they have had experiences that help shape character traits in a way that is difficult to replicate in the civilian world, yet is very desirable to employers. Those traits include discipline, commitment, integrity, selflessness, work ethic, teamwork, and responsibility.

To support its veteran employees, the company has created Veteran Networks (VETNET) in its Minneapolis and Las Vegas locations. The networks help veterans connect with each other and feel a sense of community; the company established the networks to prevent the spirit of camaraderie among servicemembers from getting lost after they leave the service. The networks also provide veterans with a support group that raises awareness and understanding of veterans, provides professional development opportunities, and contributes to the community. The company plans to expand VETNET to additional locations in 2013.

Jamie Wanless, vice president of sales, Ameriprise Advisor Center, recruits team members who have a strong desire to develop personal relationships with colleagues and clients. He also serves as a senior guide for VETNET at company headquarters in Minneapolis. Wanless served in the Army as a light infantry battalion scout, leaving the service as a sergeant.

Wanless believes that Ameriprise is a great place for veterans because the company is stable and there are a lot of opportunities to advance. “As a Fortune 500 company, we have a diverse set of job openings at any time,” he said. “Employees have the opportunity to develop professionally, and we have a history strength and stability. Additionally, our VETNET community is a great way for veterans to get acclimated with the company.”


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This article was written by Jay Myers