A trusted adviser is a person who’s in your corner through life’s ups and downs.
It’s the attorney who walks you through a complicated legal battle or the wealth manager who helps you plan for that last day on the clock. It’s also the accountant, banker or insurance agent you know you can always call for guidance.
It’s the relationships that form between advisers and clients that make these individuals so critical. The 2018 class of Trusted Advisers shared that the bond of trust they have with their clients is a key tenet to success.
This special awards section speaks volumes to the breadth of talent we have here in the Ozarks. That talent spans from this year’s Legacy Adviser Virginia Fry of Husch Blackwell LLP, who earned the nickname the “Closer” over her 38 years of practicing law, to Up-and-Comer Mia Young, who began as an intern at accounting firm Elliott, Robinson & Co. LLP four years ago and has climbed the ranks to senior accountant.
When Springfield Business Journal’s independent panel of judges scored each of this year’s nominees, they did not just look at their titles. To be selected as an honoree, it’s not enough to be good at your job. This year’s class represents those who go above and beyond in the office and in the community, lending their expertise to nonprofits boards.
As you read the honoree profiles on the pages that follow, I hope it is as clear to you as it was to me why the judges selected these individuals.
From all of us at SBJ, congratulations to this year’s honorees. You’ve earned it.
Springfield Business Journal Features Editor Christine Temple can be reached at email@example.com.
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Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.
Aaron York talks about the culture he fosters at Donco3 as the general superintendent. York says the key is to treat your business like family.