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BKD's Wanamaker named Legacy Adviser

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Every business owner and top executive has a team of professionals who are as much a part of their success as their employees. These professionals know the intimate details of the clients’ business. They are trusted advisers.

Returning for the second year, Springfield Business Journal’s Trusted Adviser Awards will honor 19 individuals in three categories – Trusted Adviser, Up-and-Comer and Legacy Adviser – during a Sept. 18 luncheon.

Chosen by an independent panel of judges and honoring professionals in the five advisory areas of accountant, banker, insurance agent, lawyer and wealth manager, the afternoon will culminate with a pinnacle award dubbed the Legacy Adviser. Recognizing an individual from any of the five areas with at least 20 years in the field, this year’s Legacy Adviser award honors certified public accountant John Wanamaker, managing partner with BKD LLP.

Noting the talent and ambition of industry professionals who are still making a name for themselves, the Up-and-Comer award honors three advisers with less than five years in business.

This year’s Up-and-Comer honors go to Jennifer Ashley, residential lender with Guaranty Bank; Melissa Bade, associate attorney with Neale & Newman LLP; and Cameron Jones, partner with Parks & Jones, Attorneys at Law.

Honoring professionals at the peak of their career, having been in the field for more than five years, Trusted Advisers awards cover five professional fields. Honorees, in alphabetical order, are:
  • Accountant: Bill Dunton, Abacus CPAs LLC; Brian Hickman, BKD LLP; and Mike Pruett, Elliott Robinson & Co. LLC;
  • Banker: Derek Fraley, BancorpSouth; Karen Hall, Central Bank of Branson; and Lelia Voss, U.S. Bank;
  • Insurance agent: John Brinkmann, Brinkmann Insurance and Financial LLC; Tim Connell, Connell Insurance Inc.; and Jason Gaynor, New York Life Co.;
  • Lawyer: Jay Dade, Polsinelli PC; Patricia Musick, McAnany Van Cleave & Phillips PC; and Paul Satterwhite, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP; and
  • Wealth adviser: Robert DeVore, Baron Financial Group LLC; Brian McCracken, Pinnacle Family Advisors LLC; and Brent Singleton, Heim, Young & Associates Inc.
The Trusted Advisers luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at DoubleTree Hotel, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave. Tickets are $30 apiece and available at


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