Jim Maher has never been afraid to take the plunge. He grew up on a family farm in Iowa, and that meant getting up before dawn and doing whatever had to be done that day, irrespective of the weather.

This character trait has served him well in his professional life, from beginning his career in the advisory business with Edward Jones in the 1990s, to leaving Merrill Lynch and heading out on his own by launching Archford Capital Strategies in Swansea, Illinois, in 2013.

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