An independent panel of judges chose 40 rising professionals for Springfield Business Journal’s 2018 class of 40 Under 40.
Since its 1999 debut, the awards program continues to honor individuals under the age of 40 for their professional and community accomplishments.
This year’s honorees, in alphabetical order, are: Ben Agee, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds; Mandy Anthes, The Bank of Missouri; Caleb Arthur, Sun Solar LLC; Catherine Bass Black, Bass Pro Shops; Amy Blansit, Solely Jolie and Missouri State University; Mary Bozarth, Little Sunshine Enterprises Inc.; Rob Buchanan, OakStar Bank; Kristin Carter, Central Trust Co.; Chuck Dow, Northwestern Mutual; Jill Finney, United Way of the Ozarks; Audrey Garard, Grooms Office Environments; Ashley Harkness, Jesus Was Homeless Inc.; Laura Elliott, Big Whiskey’s Concepts LLC; Britton Jobe, Neale & Newman LLP; Tammy Kelley, Table Rock Community Bank; Brandon Kennedy, John Deere Reman; Luke Kuschmeader, Kuat Innovations LLC; Ryan Lacson, Galena R-2 School District; Emily Laurie, Hogan Land Title Co.; Heather Lewis, KOLR10; Lindsey Lund, Husch Blackwell LLP; Brett Magers, Legacy Bank & Trust Co.; Crystal Mapp, KPM CPAs & Advisors; Matt Miller, Schnoebelen Miller LLC; Rob Mooney, Jordan Valley Community Health Center; Rick Mouery, Mouery’s Flooring; Jean Nyberg, BKD LLP; Ryan Oldham, McAlister’s Deli; Jeffrey Parkison, City Utilities of Springfield; Crystal Quade, Missouri House of Representatives; Rachel Riso, Baird Lightner Millsap PC; Sarah Russell, Arvest Bank; Hugo Sanchez, O’Reilly Automotive Inc.; Matthew Simpson, Ozarks Technical Community College; Rachael Snow, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Jacob Thomas, Mattax-Neu-Prater Eye Center Inc.; Amy Townsend, Cox College; Clay Trautman, Ollis/Akers/Arney; Kevin Waterland, Pitt Technology Group LLC; and Gary Wood, Compere & Robinette CPAs PC.
The new class will be celebrated during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony March 22 at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave. Tickets are $35 apiece and can be purchased at SBJ.net.
SBJ has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network for the 40 Under 40 event in an effort to raise awareness and money for the nonprofit organization devoted to supporting hospitals by filling funding gaps. Since 1983, CMN has raised $5 billion to help cover the cost of care for the 10 million pediatric patients in North America.
Client and revenue growth at Seven Hills Veterinary Clinic fuels move to larger home.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
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Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.
One year into opening Ellecor, Haden Long gave birth to her second daughter. The first five months of her life, she was with her constantly at work. "They're why we do this," Long explains.