Every business owner and top executive has a team of professionals outside of their company who are as much a part of their success as their employees. These outside professionals know the intimate details of the clients' business. They are Trusted Advisers.
Date: September 7, 2021
Location: Double Tree
Tickets: $40 Purchase tickets here! Tables seat 8.
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A total of twenty-one Trusted Advisers will be honored in seven business fields. Additionally three Up-and-Comer awards and the celebrated Legacy Adviser award will be given.
These professionals are at the peak of their career, having been in his or her field for more than five years. Three individuals will be honored in each of these adviser categories, for a total of 21.
These professionals have been in his or her field fewer than five years and are on their way to Trusted Adviser status. These are individuals whose careeers we should all be watching. Three individuals will be honored from any of the adviser categories, for a total of three.
This professional has been in his or her field for 20 or more years. One person will be selected for the Legacy Adviser honor, the pinnacle award for achievement.
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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.