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SBJ to honor 2017 Trusted Advisers

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Springfield Business Journal is recognizing for the fourth year the business-to-business professionals who work behind the scenes for their clients. They are bankers, lawyers, insurance agents and wealth managers.

The 2017 Trusted Adviser Awards honors 16 businesspeople in those categories, as well as overall up-and-comers for those with under five years of experience and the pinnacle Legacy Adviser award, given to a 20-year veteran. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the honorees by category and in alphabetical order are:

• Legacy Adviser: Randell Wallace, a partner at Lathrop & Gage LLP.

• Banker: Justin Butler, UMB Bank; Melanie Pulscher, Great Southern Bank; and Debra Yeager, U.S. Bank.

• Insurance Agent: Erica Gaynor, Ollis/Akers/Arney; Craig Jamison, Shelter Insurance; and Thomas Jensen, Connell Insurance Inc.

•  Lawyer: Kevin Dunaway, Neale & Newman LLP; Joseph Reid, Lathrop Gage LLP; and Adam Woody, Law Office of Adam Woody LLC.

• Wealth Manager: Andrew Denney, Prosperity Financial Group LLC; Kenny Gott, Piatchek & Associates Inc.; and Stephanie Hurt, BKD Wealth Advisors LLC.

• Up-and-Comer: Megan Creson, Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law LLC; Bryan Fisher, Neale & Newman LLP; and Larissa Warren, Husch Blackwell LLP.

Honoree applications covered financial metrics, along with essay questions and civic involvement.

The Trusted Advisers luncheon ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at DoubleTree Hotel, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave. Tickets are $30 apiece and available at

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