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The 2017 Trusted Advisers honorees pose for a group shot after the ceremony.
The 2017 Trusted Advisers honorees pose for a group shot after the ceremony.

Blog: Celebrating the village with Trusted Advisers

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It’s said it takes a village to raise a child, and the same certainly rings true for success in business.

On Friday, we celebrated the village’s key players at the Trusted Advisers luncheon at DoubleTree Hotel. Annually, this award honors business-to-business professionals working behind the scenes to help their clients thrive.

Nearly 200 attendees joined us to recognize this year’s honorees, including Lathrop Gage LLP’s Randell Wallace, who was given the top Legacy Adviser award.

Although this is the event’s fourth year, it was my first. As the new features editor at Springfield Business Journal, this was my inaugural taste of what an SBJ awards banquet entails.

A good word to sum up the luncheon is celebration.

Prior to the awards ceremony, during and after, the honorees could be found mingling throughout the room with friends, family and co-workers. There were fun photos, there was laughter and there was lively conversation.

This year’s emcee was Jerry Jacob, who kept his commitment after recently losing his job at KSPR. He was professional and entertaining when introducing each of the honorees, while SBJ Publisher Jennifer Jackson presented the awards. The ceremony culminated with a speech by Wallace, who requested it be noted for his wife’s attention that he did talk about her in his speech. She was unable to attend the event.

Wallace said he remembers being the youngest person at the table, and how numerous individuals came alongside to help him on his career path — his trusted advisers. Now, being able to assist others in the same capacity, he said, is an honor.

“I owe a great debt to (my mentors) for giving me the opportunity to take on large transactions in the early stages of my career,” he said. “I really think the best way to thank them is to pass the same advice to young attorneys and administrators in our office."

Check out the photo gallery of the event here, and view honoree profiles here. Also, search #SBJTrusted on Twitter to find live updates from the event.

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