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2019 Men of the Year: Jeff Childs

SVN/Rankin Co.

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Whether he is consistently ranking as a top performer in his field or lending time to local organizations, Jeff Childs takes a results-oriented approach.

“I believe in order to create positive change, you must take an active role in the process,” says Childs, senior adviser at SVN/Rankin Co.

With 25 years of real estate experience, Childs consistently ranks in the top 4% of advisers nationally for SVN International Corp., a commercial real estate agency representing 1,200 advisers worldwide in more than 200 offices and 500 markets.

He placed seventh last year and is on track for a similar ranking this year.

Childs is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors, and has previously served on the boards for Leadership Springfield and the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. He is past chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Local Issues Public Policy Task Force and serves as chairman of the chamber’s board. He is in his sixth year as a member of City Utilities’ Board of Public Utilities, for which he is a past chairman.

Childs has encouraged the chamber to involve business leaders in communicating directly with state lawmakers on significant issues to this area.

“My leadership positions at City Utilities and at the Springfield chamber have provided me the opportunity to use my voice to encourage others to take action,” Childs says. “I worked directly with Gov. [Mike] Parson, [Missouri] Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr and [state] Sen. Lincoln Hough to get legislation passed for workforce development and $10 million of increased funding for Missouri State University.”

As president of the chamber, Matt Morrow regularly works with Childs.

“Jeff is a recognized leader in his profession, a tireless advocate for our community and a devoted husband and father who gives generously of himself to lift others around him,” Morrow says. “I am grateful for Jeff’s friendship and for the opportunity to work directly with him on a variety of worthwhile projects and shared priorities.”

Childs’ reputation as a reliable and trusted expert in his field is well-earned, Morrow says.

“While providing unparalleled service to his customers, Jeff always seems to have one eye on the community, always alert to opportunities to invest in Springfield,” Morrow says. “He never stops thinking about ways to better position Springfield to win the fierce competition for jobs and economic development projects, and he readily lends his support and talents to make our community better.”

Childs speaks at various chamber events and mentors young professionals, and his work with CU has allowed him to be part of the development of Dirt 66, a multiuse trailsystem connecting six green zones in north Springfield, part of which will run through CU property at Fellows Lake.

“He is a recognized community leader who is sought out by today’s young professionals for advice, counsel and mentorship,” Morrow says. “Jeff’s body of work and his achievements speak for themselves.”

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