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Judges select SBJ’s 2019 Trusted Advisers

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Last edited 3:03 p.m., Aug. 29, 2019

Every business owner and executive has a team of professionals who help make the organization a success. They are accountants, attorneys, bankers, insurance agents and wealth managers. These individuals are behind the scenes, offering their expertise as trusted advisers.

For the sixth year, Springfield Business Journal is recognizing these professionals. A new category, information technology professionals, was added this year.

The 2019 Trusted Advisers Awards honor 22 businesspeople, including up-and-comers for those with fewer than five years of experience and the Legacy Adviser pinnacle 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: Judy Hadsall, CEO of Multipli Credit Union.

• Accountant: Jared Duckett, Duckett Ladd LLP; John Helms, Abacus CPAs LLC; and Amanda Kastler, Elliott Robinson & Co. LLP.

• Attorney: Doug Fredrick, The Law Office of Doug Fredrick LLC; Danielle Kincaid, The Elder Law Group LLC; and Heather Rooney McBride, Rooney McBride & Smith LLC.

• Banker: Scott Burton, Mid-Missouri Bank; Dustin Royster, Legacy Bank & Trust Co.; and Barbra Wallace, Central Bank of the Ozarks.

• IT Professional: Wayne Dipper, KPM Technology LLC; Thomas Douglas, JMark Business Solutions Inc.; and Kevin Waterland, Pitt Technology Group LLC.

• Insurance Agent: Craig Henley, OneSource Insurance Group LLC; Jeff Kennedy, Nixon & Lindstrom Insurance; and Paul Long, Ollis/Akers/Arney.

• Wealth Manager: Weston Kissee, Edward Jones; Benjamin Newhouse, Vineyard Asset Management LLC; and Jill Reynolds, Commerce Trust Co.

• Up-and-Comer: Elyse Hartley, Ozarks Elder Law LLC; Travis Liles, BKD Wealth Advisors LLC; and Peter Ostapko, Mid-Missouri Bank.

The Trusted Advisers event is Sept. 13 at DoubleTree. Find more information at


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