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Anthony Hudson, BMO Wealth Management

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Anthony Hudson, vice president and managing director–southwest region, BMO Wealth Management.

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What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

I believe the most rewarding part of my job is being a part of a financial planning team that specializes in changing lives and helping clients create and preserve wealth. We help clients live out their dreams by tackling tough wealth management topics and making bold decisions. This is what also makes the job challenging. Our clients often have complex financial situations and our responsibility is to provide the expertise to implement the best solutions for them. I’m leading a team of 29 very bright financial professionals with advanced degrees and certifications, and exceptional skill sets.

Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?

There are too many people to just name one. I generally find myself in sheer amazement of the business owners we work with at BMO Wealth Management. These are individuals who generally came from humble beginnings, worked extremely hard, focused in on a niche segment, and over time their dreams became very successful businesses. Learning about them and their businesses never gets old.

What has been the high point of your career so far?

In addition to taking on my new role as vice president and managing director of BMO Wealth Management for southwest Wisconsin, I was named 40 Under 40 by the Milwaukee Business Journal and selected as one of the top performers within my company for my team’s performance in 2016. This last year was special.

Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

I would tell myself to be patient. There is a feeling among many young people that if you’re not taking on a new role or title you’re not successful. It takes time to master certain skills and thankfully I’ve always had great mentors to coach me on this topic. I would also tell myself to find ways to learn or expose myself to a new skill-set. I completed a three-year banking school program last summer that really challenged me. I’m a better banker and leader because I embraced this challenge.

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