“I told my wife, ‘There’s one thing I’m not going to do, and that’s sell life insurance,’” says Frank Belvin, financial advisor at Edward Jones Financial Services. Belvin’s very next job was as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), a position for those who wish to specialize in life insurance. “I didn’t like the insurance part,” quips Belvin.
When he decided to leave the life insurance world behind, his wife, Jan, asked, “What do you think you’re going to do?” to which Belvin replied, “I know I’m not going into the broker business.” His next job was, predictably, the broker business. “I’ve had that job ever since and have done very well with good help,” Belvin says.
While Frank Belvin has worn many professional hats, including a college instructor and an insurance underwriter, among other things, the one that stuck was financial advisor, a profession he has been in for 39 years.
As a financial advisor, Belvin says the greatest joy he experiences is when people express appreciation for the advice and guidance given that allow them to secure their financial future and do things they never thought possible without financial worry. “Most people haven’t done a lot of investing apart from maybe a 401k,” Belvin says, “and I am able to show them the differences between high- and low-risk investments. It’s all about having good rapport with clients.” The evidence of that rapport is obvious when clients stick around for years. “Approximately 70 – 80 percent of our clients have been with us for more than 25 years. When they’re no longer here, we often work with their children,” Belvin says.
Belvin’s commitment to his profession is clear both in his work ethic and his passion for the job, passion he passed on to his son 30 years ago and his son-in-law six years ago, both of whom are successful in their own right. As he talks about what he does, Belvin is quick to give substantial credit to his wife, Jan, who, as he says, “has been a big help in my business and has made sure I always did what I like. She’s a great person,” Belvin says.
Having been married for 55 years, Frank and Jan have made many memories together. They have a big garden at their Yorktown home and enjoy spending time at their second home in Gloucester, a century-old cottage they have owned for 30 years. “We try to have a simple life,” Belvin says. “I’m not as busy as I used be; I work my time and know what to do so I don’t worry when I’m not there.” Instead, he and Jan spend valuable time with their seven-year-old lab, Bingo, and with their four grandkids, with whom they enjoy eating out, playing at the pool and “all that stuff,” as Belvin puts it. And one of Frank and Jan’s favorite pastimes is watching their favorite shows — old classics like The Lone Ranger, The Waltons, Bat Masterson, Roy Rogers and the like.
Yes, Frank Belvin is indeed a man who has worn, and wears, many hats — the college prof, the insurance salesperson, the club championship golfer, the financial advisor, the husband, the father, the granddad and so many more. And one thing rings true no matter what hat he’s wearing — Frank Belvin has mastered the art of living well.
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Frank Belvin, Financial Advisor
Address: 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 105, Newport News, VA 23606
Business: Edward Jones Financial Services