20 Under 30 Class of 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to meet the 2012 class of 20 Under 30.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Jessie Tindall says that if you want to be successful, you have to have a positive attitude, never stop learning and be dependable. Also, you can’t be afraid to fail. And if you do fail, you have to get right back up and try even harder. In addition to helping Tindall achieve a career as a relationship associate at The Commerce Trust Company, this drive has also lead her to be a founding member of the Child Advocacy Center’s Young Advocates Council and co-chair of its Community Awareness Committee. Plus, she’s a member of the Junior League of Springfield. Her determination has no end. This year marks the second year for the Child Advocacy Center’s Young Advocates Council, and Tindall recently set a goal for the spring fundraiser to raise more than last year. When she’s not busy with her career or volunteering through Child Advocacy Center or Junior League, Tindall enjoys spending time with her husband, Travis, and their two dogs, Banks and Tux.

417 Magazine: Where do you find passion to do what you do?
Jessie Tindall: Along with health and family, finances are at the top of everyone’s mind, especially in today’s economy. I find it so rewarding when my team and I can give a client peace of mind related to any sort of financial issue they might bring to us, regardless of its complexity.

417: How did you end up at your current job/profession? 
J.T.: My father has been a money manager with a national firm for some 35 years, so I really grew up around the financial industry. During my sophomore year at Drury University, I began working as a teller at Commerce Bank and really enjoyed it, so it seems banking was my destiny.

417: What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
J.T.: I enjoy running, working out, remodeling our turn of the century home and spending time with friends and family.

417: What charitable organizations are you involved with?
J.T.: I am a founding member of the Child Advocacy Center’s Young Advocates Council and co-chair of the Community Awareness Committee.  In addition, I’m a member of Junior League of Springfield and was a member of the “Done in A Day Project” committee.

417: Are you a member of any professional organizations?
J.T.: The Network through The Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

417: How would you define the secret to success? 
J.T.: Have a positive attitude, never stop learning, be dependable and don’t be afraid to fail and get right back up and try even harder.

417: What’s your favorite thing about your career?
J.T.: My role in private banking allows me to serve a very diverse group of clients. So many of our families have banked with us through multiple generations, so I most enjoy knowing our team gives them peace of mind as they transition through all stages of life.

417: What’s your favorite thing about working in 417-land? 
J.T.: I most appreciate the balance between a larger city and small town feel. People here are very involved in the community and quick to lend a hand to those in need. 

417: If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be? 
J.T.: Your parents know more than you do, so listen to their “words of wisdom!”

417: What was your “dream job” at age 5?
J.T.: Veterinarian or a gymnast, as my mom faithfully got me to lessons!

417: List three traits that define a successful career:
J.T.: Self-confidence, positive attitude, persistence

417:  Why are you a 20 under 30?
J.T.: I feel like I have been able to strike a good balance between investing in my career through hard work and dedication, while at the same time giving back to my community. I’ve been so fortunate to have been surrounded by good mentors and role models throughout my life, which has really allowed me to grow as a professional in our community.

417: What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
J.T.: Throughout the year, our team treats our clients and prospects to unique experiences (concerts, sporting events, educational seminars, etc.). For instance, this summer I will be helping to coordinate a day trip to the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. I look forward to these events and making sure our clients have a great time. Also, not related to work, I’m very excited to kick off this year’s spring fundraiser for The Child Advocacy Center. This will be the second year since the formation of our Young Advocates Council and the team is working towards breaking last year’s fundraising goal.

417: What completed project are you most proud of?
J.T.: In 2011, our private banking team experienced record growth, so I’m most proud of the collaborative effort of my teammates. I’m very thankful for the people I have the chance to work alongside, as they are simply the best.

Fill in the following blanks with five words or less:

Family and friends make life worth living.

A day at work wouldn’t be complete without a problem to solve!

Ten years from now, I hope I’m happy and healthy.

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would go on a fabulous vacation.

The best part about being a 20 under 30 is being recognized just for being who you are!

In 2010 and in a struggling economy, Emily Johnson and her business partners opened Revel Advertising. After working at several big-name agencies in Australia and the United States, Johnson was approached by friend and colleague Chris Jarratt to rebrand his design firm into a full-service ad agency. They saw a need to provide professional advertising to small businesses and non-profit organizations at a price that fit into their budgets. They fulfilled that need, and today the agency’s client list includes Anytime Fitness, Missouri State University Athletics and Mercy Research and Development and many others. Outside  the agency, Johnson is a board member for the Bolivar chapter of Care to Learn, which helps children struggling with health, hunger and hygiene issues.  
 
417 Magazine: Where do you find passion for your work?
Emily Johnson: Every day offers something new, and I’m constantly trying to learn more and excel in different areas of the advertising industry.

417: How did you end up at your current job/profession?
E.J.: After working at several agencies in Australia and the United States, including SapeintNitro, DDB Sydney, M&C Saatchi Sydney and Noble, I was approached by a long-time friend and colleague, Chris Jarratt, to rebrand his design firm into a full-service advertising agency. We saw a need in 417 to provide professional advertising to small businesses and non-profit organizations at a price that fit into their budgets.

417: What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
E.J.: Traveling, attending concerts, wine tasting and photography

417: What charitable organizations are you involved in?
E.J.: I am a board member for the Bolivar chapter of Care to Learn, where we help children in our community who are struggling with health, hunger and hygiene. I am also very active in mentoring local university students to help them better prepare for the professional world outside of college life. My business partners and I are constantly critiquing student portfolios, resumes and speaking to college clubs to make sure they entering the work force with the most straightforward information and strongest professional materials.

417: What professional organizations are you involved in?
E.J.: I am a member of the Springfield Business Builders Club, a member of the Springfield chapter of the American Advertising Federation, a sponsor and attendee of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium with Drury University

417: How would you define the secret to success?
E.J.: Hope for the best but plan for the worst. You can never be too prepared for anything that life throws your way.

417: What’s your favorite thing about your career?
E.J.: Everyday is something different. As a business owner and creative coordinator, I am constantly wearing several different hats throughout the day. One minute I can be concepting with our creative team for a client meeting and the next minute going over payroll with our operations manager.

417: What’s your favorite thing about working in 417-land?
E.J.: The people. As a full-service advertising agency, we work with all types of clients and business owners. Their personalities and confidence in our abilities provides the feeling of home even in a professional setting.

417: If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
E.J.: Focus more on learning foreign languages. After living and traveling abroad, I wish I had pushed myself harder to learn more than just the basics of Spanish. It always amazes me when I meet people who can speak two to three different languages on top of their native tongue. It’s also a great resume builder.

417: What was your “dream job” at age 5?
E.J.: I wanted to be a ballerina, that is until I discovered gymnastics.

417: List three traits that define a successful career:
E.J.: Strong communication skills; If you’re on time you’re already late; Working smarter, not harder

417: Why are you a 20 under 30?
E.J.: I work hard everyday to be successful but I’ve have had a lot of help along the way. My goal is to not only run a successful company, but also pay it back by helping students prepare for the future as much as I can.

417: What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
E.J.: My goal this year is to start a women’s networking club. There are so many successful women throughout 417 it would be such an amazing opportunity to build a group where we could turn to for advice, motivation and continuing education.

417: What completed project are you most proud of?
E.J. Starting Revel Advertising. My partners and I opened our doors in 2010 and now work with clients such as Anytime Fitness, Barnett-Davis Dental, Missouri State University Athletics, Mercy Research and Development, The Roost Bar and Grill as well as many others.

Fill in the following blanks with five words or less:

Family and friends make life worth living.

A day at work wouldn’t be complete without looking at my favorite blogs.

Ten years from now, I hope I’m teaching classes at Drury.

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would pay off my student loans.

The best part about being a 20 under 30 is inspiring others to do more.

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