By Amy Schechter

Too often, families and individuals put off seeking out investment advice and let their most solid earning years slip away. Melissa Haskins, financial advisor with Edward Jones, knows you cannot get those years back, and she wants to help her clients prepare for a solid future.

In the financial services industry for 12 years and raised locally, she invests in her clients to understand their individual needs, so that they can capitalize in their futures. Haskins knows she and her branch are set apart from the rest: “We’re local in the community, and people like that face to face. Most times, you can walk in not even needing an appointment.” She specializes in helping individuals and businesses plan for retirement, creating plans for college savings, organizing estate and legacy strategies, and offering insurance and annuities. It is important for her to really get to know the unique situations of her clients so she can best reach your long-term goals. She also welcomes any trusted professionals, such as accountants or attorneys, whom her clients want to have involved with their investments.

Because she is committed to also educating clients, her team offers a monthly coffee club the second Friday of every month held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at branch. This is a chance for clients to hear an update on the current market and participate in valuable networking with one another. Additionally, something that really sets Haskins apart and demonstrates her investment in the community is her commitment to volunteering. She is the current President of the Valrico/Fishhawk Chamber of Commerce, she sits on the board with ECHO and the University of Tampa Fellows, and she is also the director of the Successful Women Aligning Together (SWAT) organization.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 685-5294 or visit her Facebook page at Her office is located at 1068 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

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