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Opinion: Relationships at heart of Trusted Advisers

2018 Trusted Advisers

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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


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