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If Chris Wolgamott had his way, every young professional would make time to shake the hand of their CEO.

“It’s an important relationship to develop. I think the less nervous you can feel around leadership, the more ideas and opinions you will feel comfortable sharing,” said the latest Trailblazer 40 Below honoree, who is a financial counselor at the $890 million Meritrust Credit Union in Wichita, Kan.

“So many young professionals don’t feel they can have a voice and the easiest way is to get familiar with your leadership team,” he said. “Let them see you, get to know who you are and vice versa to build that confidence to speak up next time you have an idea or suggestion.”

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