Martha Spence

Meet Martha Spence! Martha has been a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch since 2015. Martha started in the banking and investment business 17 years ago. 


“I learned quickly I wanted to work for financial advisors and eventually knew I wanted to be one,” she said.


Martha serves clients all over in Gainesville and Jackson County. Martha is also a member of the DAVA, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary which gives support to veterans and their families.   “I have always had a passion to help veterans and their needs to be more support and awareness for them,” she said.  


Martha is married to Chad Spence and the couple has an eight year old son, Paul. Martha is originally from North Carolina but has been all over Georgia, she lived in the Chestnut Mountain area for six years.  One of Martha’s favorite thing about Jackson County is that it you have it all, “from retail, to rural, it’s a great place to raise a family, shop or start a business.” 


We want to thank Martha for talking with us and being a part of the Faces of Jackson County project!

Question: What led you to your career?
Answer: “I started out banking and referring clients to financial advisors and then I soon realized I wanted to be a financial advisor.”


Q: What is favorite restaurant in Jackson County and what do you love there?
A: “Iron Pig. You can sit outside and just already smell the food. They have the best barbecue and beans.”


Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: “I loved visiting the Charlotte Motor Speedway with my dad.”


Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “Normandy, France. I would want to see where D day occurred.”  


Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in theaters?
A: “‘The Goonies.’”


Q: What is some advice you would give a crowd of people?
A: “Be patient and form a line.”


Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I am a member of the DAVA which is the Disabled Americans Veterans Auxiliary. I give support to veterans and their families. This year we went beyond the financial aid to volunteering and served 800 thank you meals.”


Q: What are three words that mean HOME to you?
A: “God, family, friends.”


The Faces of Jackson County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email



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