Omaha, Nebraska — On April 19, 2017, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce will induct seven Omaha-area business leaders into its Omaha Business Hall of Fame. This year’s honorees include Edson L. Bridges II, President, CEO, and founder of Provident Trust Company.
Edson began his career in the wealth management field in 1959 after earning his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and M.B.A. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. In 1963, Edson successfully organized and launched Bridges Investment Fund, the first Nebraska-based mutual fund to be registered under the Investment Company Act. He went on to receive his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1967 and has served as President of Bridges Investment Counsel, Inc. since 1970.
In 1990 Edson saw the need for an independent Trust Company to provide trust services in and around the Omaha area. On March 11, 1992, through Edson’s hard work and vision, Provident Trust Company was chartered by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance to conduct business as an independent trust company.
Over the years, Edson has provided strategic leadership and business planning for Provident Trust Company and Bridges Investment Counsel, Inc. as President and CEO, respectively. He remains intimately involved with the day-to-day administration of both companies, particularly with respect to establishing new account relationships and the follow-up work to set investment objectives, asset allocations, and security selections. Today, Bridges Investment Counsel and its affiliated entities provide investment management services for nearly $1.7 billion in assets for clients in 26 states.
Edson is a member of the CFA Society of Nebraska and the Investment Counsel of America. He is also an active philanthropist who has made several important contributions to charitable organizations in and around the Omaha area, serving as a director or member of various charitable, civic and corporate boards and organizations, including, but not limited to, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, the Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation, the University of Nebraska Foundation, Physician’s Clinic, and First Covenant Church of Omaha.
Omaha Business Hall of Fame inductees are community and business leaders, past and present, whose work stands as a testament to their innovative thinking, business leadership, and never-say-never commitment to their industry and community. Edson joins a prestigious list of past inductees, including, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffet, former Union Pacific CEO James R. Young, Boys Town founder Fr. Edward Flannigan, TD Ameritrade founder J. Joe Ricketts, and former Peter Kiewit Chairman and CEO Walter Scott, Jr.