Numbers have always fascinated Trey Wilkerson. From the time Martha Carswell got him involved with UIL Number Sense as a fifth-grader, Wilkerson has loved to work with them.
During high school, Wilkerson’s aunt and uncle gave him and his sisters some stocks as investments. He enjoyed watching these grow. As a senior in high school, Wilkerson dressed up one day and paid a visit to his stock broker, Jerry Benson, in Lufkin. He told Benson he would like to learn the business and would like to learn it from him. He volunteered to sweep the floors or do whatever was needed in order to expand his knowledge of the field. Within a few days Benson contacted Wilkerson and made him an offer that started him on his career path.
Wilkerson started working for Benson and spent all his breaks from Texas A&M learning the business. He received his first license while still a student at A&M. In the fall of 1999, following graduation with a degree in finance, Wilkerson opened his business in the same building with Benson. Benson helped Wilkerson learn the ropes, and on his retirement in 2010, Wilkerson was able to buy the business in Lufkin.
While he was trying to decide where to attend college, Wilkerson’s mother asked him what he planned to do once he finished. He told her that he wanted to come back home and open his own business.
Recently, the opportunity presented itself for Wilkerson to move his business from Lufkin home to Diboll. Wilkerson Financial Center opened March 18 at 105 Weber, Suite A.
The new business offers more than stocks. Trey offers insurance services, tax preparation, and financial planning — a one-stop center for all your financial needs.
Wilkerson and his family, Michele, Annabeth and Ryan, invite the community to the ribbon-cutting for the new office at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Stop by to congratulate Wilkerson on his move to Diboll; enjoy refreshments; and, register for door prizes. The Diboll Business Association presents a “Pack the House” night for its members, enccouraging both fellow members and community members to shop locally. Left, Oda Wilkerson approaches the Simple Simon’s Pizza staff to claim her free buffet on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Behind her is Jakie Wilkerson. Every 10th customer received a free buffet that night. Right, Sarah Morris presents Virginia Morrison with her free Tupperware container for making a purchase at Sarah’s Gifts during the DBA’s “Pack the House” event Friday March 22. Customers shopping between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day received a gift from Jan Wilkerson’s Tupperware.