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2015 Men of the Year Honoree: Dean Young

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Dean Young can cite many accomplishments during the past 30 years of which he is proud, but the teamwork involved in achieving excellence stands out.

“I firmly believe nobody accomplishes anything of value without the help of other like-minded people,” says Young, co-owner and principal of Heim, Young & Associates Inc. “It is important to recognize the value of community. Business is a team endeavor.

I have tried to surround myself with people who value achievement. When we work as a whole, we succeed as a whole.”

During his three decades in finance, Young has mentored many people in the industry, an endeavor that takes dedication.

“One of the most important parts of being a mentor is being disciplined enough to make it a priority to take the time out of a hectic day-to-day schedule to sit down with each and every one of my team members,” Young says.

Mentorship at his firm means helping employees work on themselves, aide others and recognize challenges as an opportunity to learn, he says.

“My job as a mentor is to listen to client and employee goals and help them to work on effective strategies and plans to achieve those goals. I try to be available any time they have questions, comments or just need clarification and guidance,” Young says.

He strives to be both a manager and leader while focusing on strengthening his skills in goal setting, accountability and growth.

“We expect our employees to make a meaningful contribution, to provide excellent customer service and to conduct business in an ethical manner,” Young says.

“Employees are treated with respect and fairness, they receive proper training for the job they are asked to do, they receive recognition for their work and, most importantly, we work very hard to keep an open and honest communication throughout the company.”

Young focuses his talents outside his firm, too.

“I have always understood the value of being engaged in the community. It is where my family and I love, work and play, and I think it is important to give back in any way that I can,” he says.

“Over the years, I have become more and more involved in various organizations. It is challenging and requires good time management, but the benefits are endless.”

Young is board president for Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield and is a board member and treasurer for the Lost & Found Grief Center. He is the secretary and treasurer for the Public Building Corp., a not-for-profit organization formed to assist in providing alternative means to finance various city projects.

Additionally, Young serves on City Utilities’ Board of Public Utilities, and he is a member of the Professional Advisors Council for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

“Dean shows his passion for helping the people of Springfield in a variety of ways,” says Pat Gartland, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs. “In my 35 years as an executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs in three states, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some tremendous board leaders, and Dean is an exceptional standout.”


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