Commonwealth Financial Network
Jeffrey Scales, managing principal, JSA Financial, in Rhinebeck,
New York, has been involved with various charities for the
past 10 years and recently was awarded Commonwealth’s
Special Service Award, an honor given out each year at
Commonwealth Financial Network’s National Conference
that recognizes an individual who has made an impact and
personifies the core vision and values of the firm.
Although he supports many non-profits, Scales is most actively involved with Rotary International, which focuses on global
service work via the local high school’s Rhinebeck International
Club, as well as Riverkeeper, for which his firm serves as a major corporate sponsor and manages an annual cleanup site.
With Rotary International, he enjoys taking “high school students to experience firsthand both the poverty and the joy of
Nicaraguans as they live with families and construct school classrooms,” he said. For Riverkeeper, where he serves as an ambassador and committee member, “The Hudson River is the core of water protection efforts worldwide and is my personal connection
each day to the beauty of nature that deserves and requires our stewardship,” the advisor explained.
He also is a co-founder and past president of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and a member of the
Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, and he serves on the advisory board of the Center for Environmental Policy
at Bard College.
HD Vest Financial Services
For the past six years, Scott Rawlins, president at HD Vest, based in Colleyville, Texas, has been
involved with Young Life Grapevine Colleyville, serving on the non-profit’s committee that “provides
a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local Young Life team,” he says.
“I am personally an ‘alumni’ of Young Life from my high school days,” the executive
explained. “I experienced firsthand the amazing impact of this ministry as it brought me and
my friends closer to Christ.”
The entire Rawlins family is involved, including his wife Jamie, who also serves on the com-
mittee, and two of this three daughters.
Twenty-five years ago, Steve Plain, HD Vest Advisor, started a Boys & Girls Club of America
in Wallkill, New York, “so kids could have a place to go after school, since so many were going
home to empty houses,” he
says. “Many of them didn’t
have an adult in their lives to
mentor them or even prepare
a hot meal to eat. I wanted
to make sure that these kids
had a place to go where they
could have opportunities to
learn and grow like my own
Plain had been the board
chairman for 15 years before
stepping down 10 years ago,
but remains on the board of
directors. The non-profit he started has made a mark, as it now serves 400 kids
per day in before-school and afternoon programs in nine locations in Orange and Sullivan Counties in New York.
“We are also proud to provide summer camp for over 400 kids in the town of Wallkill and over 250 kids in the town of
Fallsburg,” the advisor added.
Jeffrey Scales (center) at the 2014 People’s Climate March in New
York City supporting his Riverkeeper work.
Scott Rawlins, president, HD Vest
Steve Plain with children at Boys & Girls Club of
America camp in Mamakating, New York. Barbi Neumann Marty (B&G senior unit leader), then-
U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, Steve Plain and camp kids.