Local native opens financial office in Lansford
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Alive president Mark Sverchek holds one end of a celebratory ribbon as Ameriprise Financial adviser Michael Davis, center, cuts it. At right is Davis' wife, Erin.
When Michael Davis decided to open his Ameriprise Financial office at 8 East Ridge St., Lansford, in August 2010, he felt like he was coming home.
Davis was born in Coaldale and grew up in Nesquehoning. A 1997 Panther Valley High School graduate, he earned a degree in Business Administration, with a financial emphasis, from Susquehanna University in 2001. He's worked for Ameriprise Financial since his graduation, in Conshohocken, Montgomery County; Lehighton, and now Lansford.
Having established himself in the financial field, Davis wants to use his expertise to help people in his community build financial security. He specializes in retirement planning.
"I enjoy working with people in the Panther Valley area, and helping them with their investment portfolios, planning for retirement, saving for education, as well as a number of other services, which include banking and insurance," he said.
Lansford, Davis said, "is a centralized location in the Panther Valley community and is closer to a majority of my clients. Service is very important in my business, so to be within a few minutes to my clients was a huge factor in deciding where to open my new office.
"In addition to the location, commercial real estate was very affordable in Lansford and Lansford Alive is actively promoting businesses to come into the area, so I wanted to be part of the growth movement here in the community," he said. "Working in Conshohocken and Lehighton with Ameriprise was great, but being able to be in Lansford is just awesome. I grew up in the Panther Valley school district, so this is home for me and I am glad to be here."
Davis chose his Lansford location wisely. A former flower shop, he liked its charm. He installed new flooring, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, and kept the beautifully crafted tin ceiling.
Recently, Davis, his wife Erin at his side, held a one-year anniversary ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Members of the community were on hand to help celebrate. They included Davis' parents, Ben and Ann; Lansford Alive president Mark Sverchek and members Chris Ondrus and David Benevy; Sarah Ruch, partnership manager for the Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership; state Rep. Doyle Heffley and Bill Richards, representing Sen. John Yudichak.
"We are absolutely thrilled by this," Sverchek said. "He purchased the building and remodeled it he did a beautiful job. We're happy to have him in downtown Lansford."