Tony Layson Jr.

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Edward Jones

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

It sounds like a cliché but I am definitely most proud of my family. My wife Mindy and I have worked hard and continue to strive to raise well rounded,  reverent and kind kids.

What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?

I want to continue to make my business more efficient so that we can help more people. Also, I hope for Edward Jones in the community to be more visible, not only to do great work but to have a deeper impact on the community. We can do this with more employee involvement and by helping to sponsor some of the many great events that Laramie groups hold and volunteering to make them more impactful. Edward Jones is a national sponsor of the Alzheimer Association and I would love to be a part of helping the Alzheimer walk in Laramie continue to grow.

What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?

My biggest achievement has been serving on both the Laramie and Cheyenne Kiwanis club foundation boards and as president of the Cheyenne board. In general I helped to grow and utilize endowment funds for projects and grants that help the community. Kiwanis is all about kids and it is amazing to me what breadth and depth of support programs for helping kids exist in the communities and how Kiwanis can help support them with endowment funds. More specifically our board had a very large role in getting the universally accessible playground in Cheyenne which is used by kids from all over the region.

What action or event that you’ve been a part of do you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or, which action or event are you most proud of?

In an increasingly digital world I believe that people are craving something deeper. It is not flashy but by being involved and then co-leading with my wife a small group bible study I think we have found a way to meaningfully connect people. We have seen the church community in Laramie expand and grow and as the head of my church's finance committee it has been amazing to see our small part in that growth.

What excites you most about the future of Laramie?

Laramie is a dynamic city with a good start in economic diversity and a core group of people who are passionate about being here and making it better. Laramie also has many great ways to engage and develop youth. I am a leader for my son's cub scout den and feel blessed to be able to see the positive influence that scouting has on our local boys and girls.

What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?

My personal success has come from work ethic and aspiring for continual improvement. I always want to find ways to get better, whether in my personal life by bible study and church engagement, family life by engaging and spending time where it is most important or professionally by new development and learning.

What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?

I would ask them to just get involved. Young professionals are busy people often with new families and career ambitions, but most groups that I know of and am part of (Church's, non-profit's, service clubs, etc.) struggle to get young people engaged. Find one or two things that you enjoy and feel passionate about and dive right in.

20 Under 40Jacob Chavez2018