Springfield, MO

Sun Solar CEO Caleb Arthur takes to the mic to accept the night’s top honor.
Sun Solar CEO Caleb Arthur takes to the mic to accept the night’s top honor.

Sun Solar wins Dynamic Dozen on explosive growth

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The sun shone bright on Springfield Business Journal’s Dynamic Dozen last night. On the back of blazing three-year growth, Sun Solar LLC took home the night’s top honor – the No. 1 fastest-growing company in the Ozarks.

The solar panel installation company posted 2016 revenue of $23.8 million, an 888 percent increase over $2.4 million in 2014.

“There is a lot of solar coming forward right now. When we came to this area, the people graciously adopted us,” said CEO Caleb Arthur, speaking from the stage of downtown’s Old Glass Place. “A lot of our clients are here tonight. Even this building has solar panels.”

Arthur spoke to a crowd of more than 200 gathered for the event, which honors the 12 fastest-growing companies in southwest Missouri. Companies were chosen through a numbers-based formula awarding points for both revenue and percentage growth. Eligible companies must have at least $500,000 in revenue, be located within a 50-mile radius of Springfield and be in business for at least three years.
Rounding out the Dynamic Dozen were:
    •    No. 2: Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool Inc.
    •    No. 3: Hamra Enterprises
    •    No. 4: Russell Cellular Inc.
    •    No. 5: Phoenix Home Care Inc.
    •    No. 6: GigSalad
    •    No. 7: Prime Inc.
    •    No. 8: Haven Healthcare LLC
    •    No. 9: CoxHealth
    •    No. 10: Citizens Memorial Healthcare
    •    No. 11: Jack Henry & Associates Inc.
    •    No. 12: Pearson-Kelly Office Products LLC

No. 9 CoxHealth also received this year’s Judge’s Choice award, given to a company that’s dynamic in other areas, such as community service and philanthropic efforts.

“It really is all about our employees,” President and CEO Steve Edwards said of the health care company’s more than 11,000 staffers. “We created our charity of the month program to harness the power of all those people.”

Five individual honors also were presented:
    •    Top Local Executive: Mark Walker, chairman and CEO of TransLand;
    •    Top Local Financial Officer: Brandon Taylor, chief financial officer and chief operations officer at Legacy Bank & Trust Co.;
    •    Top Local Sales/Marketing Professional: Kim Harris, senior communication strategist at 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 for City Utilities of Springfield.

“Twenty-five years ago, my dad was on stage accepting the (Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Award), and it’s those core values that were instilled in this company that have made us so successful,” Walker said.

Read profiles about the award recipients in SBJ’s Early Friday Digital Edition today or the May 16 print edition.


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