Biggest Little Brokerage

Broker Jerry Tachick depends on a rugged four-wheel-drive Chevy Suburban to reach the homes of many of his clients who live along the unpaved mountain roads of Cody, Wyo. (pop. 8,093). His colleague Jim Sipp of Rexburg, Idaho (pop. 12,084), often dodges feisty farm dogs as he hikes across sprawling potato fields to meet with customers. Meanwhile, Jim Bashor of Anacortes, Wash. (pop. 10,060), spends a good deal of time riding ferries off the Northwest coast to catch up with the salmon fishermen he hopes will buy stocks and bonds from him.

This adventurous trio works for Edward D. Jones, a...