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2017 Tri-Lakes Area Outlook: Rick Ziegenfuss

Situated just south of Branson, Rick Ziegenfuss helps Hollister handle the influx of development while maintaining its small town identity.

Tim Rosenbury encouraged diversity as the 2010 chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. How does he rate the community now?

As new president of the American Institute of Architects’ Springfield chapter, John McNabb is focused on worker growth and retention.

Thirty-two year culinary veteran and Seattle native Melinda Burrows is helping build local authenticity as the Queen City establishes its culinary identity. She leans on experiences as a personal/traveling chef for singers Paul McCartney and Phil Collins.

With roughly 14 years of real estate expertise under his belt, Chris Russell sees Springfield’s real estate market trending up.

New to Springfield but not the SBTDC, Chrystal Irons works with small-business owners bridging the gap from startup to stability.

Kurt Hellweg is helping International Dehydrated Foods Inc. navigate global waters as manufacturers embrace technology in a new plan for the future.

As a voice for underprivileged children and families, Jody Glazner is helping fill the gap in Springfield’s impoverished Zone 1.

Responsible for Big Whiskey’s regional franchising efforts, Dan Allen is tracking marketing trends in Springfield and beyond.

Mark Walker traded Silicon Valley for the Ozarks mountains in 2013, when the Drury University graduate agreed to take over the position of CEO for family-owned trucking company Transland.

First sketched on a napkin in 1999, Todd Murren leads the data center operations at Springfield Underground.

Fifteen industry forecasts lead the way into 2017.

Terry Conner uses his 25 years of industry experience to advise clients on investment planning and management for Financial Engines, which in 2016 bought his Springfield office of The Mutual Fund Store.

Mark Holmes is helping boomers acclimate to the new ideas and methodologies of a growing millennial workforce.

Steve Edwards oversees a 10,000-employee health care system, which plans to close on its purchase of Citizens Memorial Healthcare in mid-2017. 

Brian Fogle recently completed his one-year term on the inaugural Federal Reserve Community Advisory Council, which had 15 seats for some 1,300 people interested. The group discussed economic circumstances of low- and moderate-income populations.

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