BY JACLYN ROSE –
For the past eighty years, the Copelin family has been providing quality cars to Polk County, beginning with CW Copelin Chevrolet Sales and Services. That first dealership was located on Highway 71, where Radio Shack currently sits. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, Copelin Motor Co. served Polk County north of Mena and in the 1960’s Huey Copelin moved it further south before building current Copelin Motors, located at 3105 Highway 71 South, in 1981.
Today, Huey’s son, LaDon, sells late model pre-owned cars. “I’ve been around cars my whole life. I think my dad had me doing oil changes starting at 12 or 13 years old. My brothers, Kenneth and Richard, help me and we all work together,” explained Copelin.
In 1993, along with the car business, Copelin began Copelin Financial Services as an Insurance Agent with a focus on home and auto insurance. However, in 2000, Copelin moved away from home and auto and began specializing in health and life insurance, as well as, investments. In 2001, Copelin received his securities license and assists his clients in retirement funds, 401k, stocks and bonds, as well as life and health insurance.
Copelin has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Henderson State University where he graduated as Suma Cum Lade, at the top of his class. He is a Certified Financial Planner, a Charter Financial Consultant and a Charter Life Underwriter, which are the three highest credentials that can be earned. Copelin is a specialist in the senior market. “I keep up with the changes in the financial spectrum and deal with over 20 different companies so that I can find the right plan for each person. I try hard to also help explain all the changes in health care. I have always really enjoyed financial services,” explained Copelin.
Copelin was born and raised in Polk County and lives in Mena with his wife, Jamie, and their three children: London, their twelve year old son, a seventh grader at Mena Middle School and a member of the seventh grade football team, and their two and a half year old twins, Journey and Nathanial. “I think Mena is just such a nice and friendly town. You know there is always the temptation to leave Mena and go to a bigger town where you can make more money, but those towns have nothing compared to Mena. This town is nicer and friendlier. I like the beautiful environment and enjoy all four seasons, it’s easy to get through town. Everyone knows everyone and it’s a great town and community to raise a family. We have a good school system and good people. We also have been attending the First Assembly of God in Mena for the past 15 years and really enjoy our church family,” said Copelin.
To reach Copelin Financial call 479.394.5570 and for Copelin Motors call 479.394.3350 or visit www.copelinmotors.com.