Justin Coyan is all about goal setting – and helps others do the same. Earning his bachelor’s in business management from Missouri State University, Coyan later attained an MBA from Webster University.
He sets goals with the next generation of business professionals with Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s The Network and Leadership Springfield and, he also is on the board of Isabel’s House. Coyan formerly worked as senior director of market operations at Evolent Health Inc., manager of business development at the chamber and business manager for CoxHealth. He is seeking his next role with a locally based company, using his skills for community betterment.
What was your first job? Sunshine Valley Farm. I was responsible for picking apples of all kinds, as well as weed eating the entire property.
What is your proudest moment? The moment that I became a dad.
What is your best productivity hack? If it’s not on a list, it’s likely to be forgotten.
What was your professional aha moment? This happened immediately following my time in Leadership Springfield, as I truly started to learn my results of the strengths finder assessment. Professional decision making and planning became easier.
How many times do you hit the snooze button? Often an alarm isn’t needed, as our two amazing kiddos were born with early riser internal clocks.
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Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.