Judges choose 2012 Economic Impact finalists
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:35 AM
Robert Spence, president of Evangel University since 1974, was chosen by an independent panel of judges to receive Springfield Business Journal’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Business Award.
Robert Spence's leadership of Evangel University through decades of change brings lifetime honor.
Economic Impact Judges
Honorees and finalists for the 2012 Economic Impact Awards were chosen by an independent panel of judges. This year’s judges are: Harold Bengsch, Greene County commissioner; Sherry Coker, director of the Center for Workforce Development at Ozarks Technical Community College; Sherry Cook, senior marketing instructor, Missouri State University College of Business Administration; J. Howard Fisk, owner of J. Howard Fisk Limousines Inc.; and Don Flatau, general manager of global operations and marketing, John Deere Reman. Judges are asked to recuse themselves when there are potential conflicts, but it doesn’t hurt the applicants’ final scores.
The award is one of several that will be presented at the annual Economic Impact Awards banquet, set for July 19 at Ramada Oasis Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave.
Jim Morris Cos. will receive Philanthropic Business of the Year honors, and Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield will be recognized as the Business Advocate of the Year during the event.
Economic Impact honors also will be announced in four categories. Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
The Economic Impact Awards celebration and banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. July 19. Tickets are $65 apiece, available at SBJ.net/eia.
- Complete Electrical Solutions LLC, Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. and Phoenix Home Care Inc., in the Knights category for companies in business locally for one to five years;
- Everything Kitchens LLC, HealthcareFirst Inc. and Olsson Associates Inc., in the Bishops category for companies in business locally for six to 15 years;
- Corporate Business Systems, Marlin Network Inc. and Warren Davis Properties, in the Rooks category for companies in business locally for 16 to 29 years; and
- Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., CoxHealth and Missouri State University in the Kings category for companies in business locally for 30 or more years.