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Opinion: We all need trusted advice

2020 Trusted Advisers

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There are few situations in life that open us up to vulnerability more than asking for advice. Whether it’s in finance, legal matters, business or even something mundane, asking for advice requires admitting that we don’t know everything, and that’s an uncomfortable place for many of us.

As we try to adapt to our new COVID-19 reality, many of us are finding ourselves in situations we’ve never been in before and in need of advice. At the same time, many of us are feeling more isolated and cut off from the rest of the world than we ever have before.

It’s easy to feel alone and isolated in times like these and to try to go it alone. In Springfield and our surrounding communities, we are truly blessed with a community of people who are not only experts in their fields, but who genuinely care about the people they work with. The people honored with this year’s Trusted Advisers awards recognize that relationships matter, especially in times like these, and are continuing to adapt to find new ways to strengthen and support their clients, even as the world seems to change on a moment-to-moment basis.

As we continue to figure out how to live in our new reality, don’t be afraid to seek advice. Don’t try to go it alone. You would be well-suited to begin by reaching out to any of the honorees on this year’s list of Trusted Advisers. You don’t have to be an expert at everything. This year’s Trusted Advisers aren’t just great at what they do, they are experts at helping you figure it out when life doesn’t make sense anymore.

Congratulations to this year’s award honorees!

Judy Hadsall is the CEO and president of Multipli Credit Union. She was the Legacy Adviser for SBJ’s 2019 Trusted Advisers awards. She can be reached at


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