Francis Financial Services
In 1986, John Francis did not let the downturn in the oil industry defeat him. Instead, he saw the need to diversify and followed through. The result is two long-time, successful Great Bend businesses – Francis Financial Services (FFS) and Corrosion DC, both at 1015 McKinley.
“I worked for Francis Casing Crews in several capacities,” Francis recalled about his years at the business his dad acquired in 1973. “I started there after high school graduation. I did jobs on oil drilling rigs, paid the bills, did the payroll - whatever it took to help Dad build the business.”
He later earned his bachelor’s in business at Fort Hays State University with degrees in finance and economics, and a minor in accounting. In 1986 oil prices crashed, and Francis got his insurance license and in 1987 his securities license.
During the 1980s, times were good in the oil patch, but as soon as the crash came, Francis saw people who previously looked wealthy – nice trucks, boats, motorcycles – were soon broke. He set out to help the everyday worker by employing his skills as an investment representative. “It bothered me to see people not having any savings for their future,” Francis said.
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