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Joe Anderson

Gaining Credibility: Joe Anderson ’06 MBA ’11

What does it take to earn the trust and confidence of team members and clients who are twice your age?

According to Joe Anderson ’06 MBA ’11, “People look past your age if you have the knowledge, approach, interpersonal skills, and follow through.”

At 31, he is putting his MBA to work as a wealth management adviser for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, serving individuals and families with a net worth of $3 million or more. “In banking, it’s all about distinguishing yourself,” he said. “You want to have a wide breadth of knowledge.”

Pursuit of knowledge led him to pursue his Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Hamline University School of Business

The knowledge he has gained through the MBA program helps him facilitate conversations between his clients and the wealth management teams–comprised of a portfolio manager, private banker, trust officer, and wealth planner–serving his clients.

“When I am able to translate something extremely complex into simple terms, I’ve done my job,” he said. “To help my clients see something they hadn’t considered, that gives me a lot of personal fulfillment.”

The MBA also opened doors for him at an early age in that he was named a partner wealth management adviser at 27. “It was hard at my age to gain immediate credibility,” said the father of four.

The MBA helped him earn this credibility from team members as well as clients who are 20 to 30 years older. Instead of a detriment, Anderson uses his age to benefit his clients.

“I can relate well to my clients’ grandkids because they’re my age or younger. I can also relate to the grandparents because I see my parents in that role with my kids. I’m helping bridge the generational gap.”

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