Local financial advisor earns honor

PARKERSBURG — Chris Hall, founding partner and managing principal of Hall Financial Advisors, LLC has been named to the 2018 Forbes Top State-by-State Advisor rankings. Hall was listed No. 1 in West Virginia.

“It is truly an honor to be named to such a prestigious financial advisor ranking as that of Forbes,” said Hall. “I come to work every day with the same objective–to help my clients succeed financially. This honor tells me that I am succeeding in that endeavor. To do what I love and to be recognized for that is the best compliment I could receive.”

While Hall has close to 20 years of experience as a financial advisor, he and his business partner Brett Bronski, senior financial advisor, founded Hall Financial Advisors, LLC in 2004. Hall leads a team of 15 and has offices in Parkersburg and Marietta.

Hall graduated from The Ohio State University with a double major from the Max M. Fisher College of Business.

In addition to being a named a Premier Advisor within the Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, Hall has also been named to the Barron’s Top 1000 and 1200 Advisors for the years 2011 through 2017.

Also, in 2017, he was named to the prestigious Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisers.

Toys R Us founder Lazarus dies

NEW YORK — Charles P. Lazarus, the World War II veteran who founded Toys R Us, has died at age 94, a week after the iconic chain he started six decades ago announced it will shut down its stores across the U.S.

Toys R Us confirmed Lazarus’ death in a statement Thursday.

The statement said, “there have been many sad moments for Toys R Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today’s news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus.”

Lazarus first opened a baby furniture store in Washington, D.C., in 1948 and opened the first store dedicated only to toys in 1957.

He stepped down as CEO of Toys R Us in 1994.

From local, wire reports