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SBJ to honor 12 fastest-growing local companies

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The scores have been tabulated for Springfield Business Journal’s 2017 Dynamic Dozen, honoring the 12 fastest-growing Ozarks companies.

SBJ also will honor five local professionals with individual awards and present the third-annual Judge’s Choice Award, recognizing a company’s community achievements.

The Dynamic Dozen companies, in alphabetical order, are Citizens Memorial Healthcare, CoxHealth, GigSalad, Hamra Enterprises, Haven Healthcare LLC, Jack Henry & Associates Inc., Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool Inc., Pearson-Kelly Office Products LLC, Phoenix Home Care Inc., Prime Inc., Russell Cellular Inc. and Sun Solar LLC.

The Dynamic Dozen companies are determined through a numbers-based formula that awards points for both annual revenue and percentage growth for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Eligible companies must report gross revenue of at least $500,000 in each year, and they must operate headquarters within 50 miles of Springfield.

A third party, Ollis/Akers/Arney general council and certified public accountant Richard Russell, verified the numbers in the Dynamic Dozen applications.

Determined by an independent panel of judges, the individual honors will be awarded in five categories:

• Top Local Executive: Mark Walker, CEO of Transland;

• Top Local Financial Officer: Brandon Taylor, chief financial officer and chief operations officer for Legacy Bank & Trust Co.;

• Top Local Sales/Marketing Professional: Kim Harris, senior communication strategist with Mid-West Family Broadcast Group;

• Top Local Human Resources Professional: Sara Choate, human resources director for KPM CPAs PC; and

• Employee of the Year: Kelly Turner, transit director with City Utilities of Springfield.

The Judge’s Choice Award honors a company whose dynamic qualities extend beyond revenue to impact the community. Honored for innovative growth, civic awareness and philanthropic efforts communitywide, the judges selected CoxHealth for the honor.

Rankings for the Dynamic Dozen companies will be announced and the individuals will be honored at a May 11 reception and awards ceremony at The Old Glass Place, 521 E. St. Louis St. For more information and past honorees, visit

Profiles of the honored companies and individuals will appear in a special publication debuting at the event and distributed in SBJ’s May 15 edition.


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