Every business owner and executive has a team of professionals who help make the organization a success. They are accountants, bankers, lawyers, insurance agents, technology professionals and wealth managers.
Springfield Business Journal’s 2020 Trusted Advisers event honors 22 businesspeople, including up-and-comers for those with fewer than five years of experience and the Legacy Adviser pinnacle award, given to an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience. The program is now in its seventh year.
Chosen by an independent panel of judges, this year’s honorees by category and in alphabetical order are:
• Legacy Adviser: Bill Dunton, managing partner at Abacus CPAs LLC.
• Accountants: Michelle Goldsberry of PSC Accounting and Tax Service LLC; Ryan Sivill of BKD LLP; and Michele Smith of Elliott, Robinson & Co. LLP.
• Attorneys: William Beadle of Tolbert & Beadle LLC; Patrick Douglas of Douglas, Haun & Heidermann PC; and Jake Reinbold of Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton PC.
• Bankers: Steve Kelly of Arvest Bank; Scott McDonald of Central Bank of the Ozarks; and Janet Weber of U.S. Bank.
• Insurance Agents: Jeff Chronister of Ollis/Akers/Arney; Robbie Marks of HM Employee Benefits & Risk Management; and Ryan Sanders of Rich & Cartmill Inc.
• Technology Professionals: Chelsey Bode of Pearson-Kelly Technology; Kristin Dunn of JMark Business Solutions; and Richard Reding of TierOne.
• Wealth Managers: Becky Bonner of U.S. Bank Wealth Management; Kim Nichols of Morgan Stanley; and Justin Setser of Central Trust Co.
• Up-and-Comers: Austin Fax of Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law LLC; Chase Marable of Connell Insurance Inc.; and Cristian Rath of Abacus CPAs LLC.
More information on the Sep. 11 Trusted Advisers event can be found at SBJ.net/trusted.
Read profiles of this year's honorees.
Aaron York, general superintendent of Donco 3 Construction, describes what he sees in the construction job market in Springfield in 2021. Rachel York is the co-owner of Donco3 Construction.
Jim Meinsen gives his advice for finding new clients as the owner of a new or existing business. Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and recently celebrated 50 years in business.
Jeramey and Julia Henson discuss the reason they and HM Dentworks co-owner Chris McWhirter started the HM Dentworks Academy. With the job demands of their field taking them across the country, all three felt that they needed a plan for the future.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.