Tim Kirley joined the Claremont Graduate University Board of Trustees in 2014 and became its chair in 2018. He has served as the Edward Jones managing principal in Canada since 2015 and is a member of the Edward Jones Management and Executive Committees. Kirley’s experience in the financial services industry spans more than 30 years in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Kirley joined Edward Jones in 1983 as a financial advisor and opened an office in Hillsdale, Michigan, one of only seven offices in the state at the time. By 1990, the Hillsdale branch had become one of the firm’s most successful offices, and it maintained that status until 1994.
Kirley served as a regional leader from 1991 to 1994, with responsibility for financial advisors in Southern Michigan, including the Detroit metropolitan area. He was named a principal in 1994.
In 1994, Kirley was invited to develop the pre-retiree segment of clients as part of the firm’s Customer Segment Marketing department, based in the St. Louis headquarters. He was responsible for creating and implementing investment products and services for pre-retirees and for developing marketing strategies to attract and retain those clients’ business. Kirley also served on the Grassroots Political Action Task Force and the Hiring and Recruiting Task Force.
In 1997, Kirley relocated to the United Kingdom to help establish the firm’s former United Kingdom affiliate, Edward Jones Limited. From 2004 through 2010, he led the firm’s U.K. business and served on the Edward Jones Management and Executive Committees.
In 2010, he returned to the United States, where he served as the firm’s chief strategy officer until assuming his current role.
Kirley is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997.