Three years ago, Springfield financial advisers Michael Oeser and Brandon Wellman established a new office of Prudential Financial. The business partners have now purchased the building at 6300 S. Sixth St. and plan a significant expansion.
“We are currently leasing an 800-square-foot-space and will now be in a 3200-square-foot building, so it is a big step up for us,” said Wellman of the move from their current location at 1999 Wabash Ave. “We purchased a book of business back in 2019, so we have a lot more clients to service.”
Wellman and Oeser said they are also seeing increased traffic to their location due to the Prudential corporate office on West Iles Avenue remaining closed since the initial COVID stay-at-home order took effect last March. “We’re able to be open since we’re independently operated,” said Wellman.
Wellman’s wife, Heather, also works for the business, and the plan calls for adding another support staff person immediately and a third in 12-18 months. Oeser said that with the additional space they are also considering adding other professional services. “If we had a CPA join the business, it would make it more holistic,” Oeser said.
Wellman described the building as “mostly move-in ready,” and said they hope to be operating out of the new location by the end of April.