The Birmingham Business Journal has unveiled its 2017 Executives of Influence, including Linda Cencula, CEO of Avadian Credit Union, in the elite group. This special feature highlights key leaders in a range of Birmingham industries who are shaping both their businesses and the Magic City’s economy.

This year’s Executives of Influence span a range of sectors, from new managing partners of a couple of Birmingham’s largest law firms and the CEO of one of Birmingham’s largest general contractors to executives that helped their organizations land deals with corporate giants like Apple and Nordstrom, among others.

Cencula was asked several questions, including, “What is the best professional advice you have received?” She replied, “I was fortunate that my predecessor was also my mentor. I still draw upon his many nuggets of wisdom. One of my most favorites: ‘You are only limited by your own imagination.’ I’m living proof of that!”