- Photo by Keith Borgmeyer
VP of Corporate Growth of TLC; Branch Manager, Senior Loan Officer, TLC — The Broadway Group
Whether he’s helping people achieve their dreams of owning a home, fundraising to help rebuild communities after disasters strike, or coaching basketball for Columbia’s youth, Marcus Jones lives a life that prioritizes his neighbors.
Prior to Marcus’ current role as branch manager and senior loan officer for The Broadway Group, he spent five years with Veterans United Home Loans. Here, through the Veterans United Foundation, Marcus was able to procure $100,000 on behalf of the American Red Cross after a tornado swept through Jefferson City. But, his list of accomplishments doesn’t stop there. “Most recently, opening our branch of Total Lending Concepts, as The Broadway Group, has been an exciting and proud moment as we — partners Joe Newberry and Eric Johnston — are working hard to help people realize the dream of home ownership,” he says.
And, that’s not all. Marcus stays involved with the youth community, too. He currently coaches fifth-grade Columbia Magic basketball as well as middle school basketball for Columbia Independent School. He serves as the safety and facilities committee member for the Boys and Girls Club and consults with its athletic programming, and he co-founded and serves as the director for three youth teams: Columbia Magic, 94ft Basketball Club, and CarrollGoL1ve.
Marcus works tirelessly to gain support for these teams so kids with limited resources have the opportunity to play basketball and maybe earn a scholarship for the sport. “He makes sure that finances do not limit a kid’s opportunities and gives them the hope that, with hard work and dedication, they can achieve anything they want,” local attorney Bogdan Susan says.
“The zeal of kids motivates me,” he says. “Seeing children’s happiness and success really illuminates me in a way that helps push me further. Coaching youth basketball takes a lot of my time, but watching these children show real joy really gives me the energy to keep going harder.”
Marcus’ main goal is to enhance the lives of the people around him, and he continues to do this through sharing his positivity and giving his time to various parts of the community.
Fun Fact: In high school show choir, Marcus performed “Men in Tights.” Spoiler: He had to wear tights.