As a Client Services Specialist, Melinda Banister is responsible for making sure your investment experience runs smoothly. She establishes, maintains, and reregisters investment accounts, coordinates on your behalf with the investment companies, and fulfills your requests concerning your accounts. With her degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, she excels in working with information and maintaining accuracy and confidentiality. Melinda has been with the firm since 1999.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for history and all things “old”. As a young child, I recall asking my parents and other family members, to tell me stories about when they were young and probing them for any facts they had regarding our family and its rich history. This passion continued into my teen and adult years.
When I graduated from high school, I had the opportunity of spending nearly two months traveling through Europe, visiting dozens of landmarks and museums, and taking in as much information about each of the places I visited as I could. Keeping a daily journal of my findings and observations has made for interesting reading and laughs, twenty five years later. My interest in the past became even more apparent when I was in my mid-twenties when I decided to make it my mission to take all of the information I already had and attempt to trace my family history. My investigation began with my dad’s side of the family and quickly escalated to other parts of my lineage. After almost twenty years of research, I can say that I have successfully completed what I set out to do.
Using my love of information and fact-finding to make clients happy by completing their requests with accuracy and efficiency is what makes my job rewarding and why I enjoy doing what I do. Many clients have known me for a long time and I have enjoyed watching their families grow and then working with their children.
As a Sacramento native, I take great pride in the city I have called home for the last 4 decades, spending time with my family and friends at any number of local establishments. At least two times a year I embark on a road trip with my husband and daughter who, like me, both have a love for history and the past. Recent trips have been to Canada and New Mexico.
Depending on the time of year, I can usually be found poolside at my daughter’s swim meet, running a Girl Scout meeting for her troop or perusing estate sales. Other interests include: yoga, succulent gardening, and anything coffee related.
Education and Community Involvement
BS in Criminal Justice, California State University, Sacramento, 1998.
Land Park Service Unit Cookie Manager, 2014/2015-Present
Girl Scout Co-Leader with Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
Service Unit Cookie Manager, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, 2015-Current
Service Unit Fall Product Manager, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, 2016-Current
Treasurer, Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy, Current