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Humanitarian leader Donaldson chosen for Lifetime Achievement in Business

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Last edited 1:52 p.m., June 8, 2022

Hal Donaldson, the founder and CEO of Springfield-based international humanitarian relief organization Convoy of Hope, is Springfield Business Journal’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement in Business honoree.

An independent panel of judges selected Donaldson to be recognized during the Economic Impact Awards, along with corporate awards and other individual honors July 28. The awards recognize excellence in business, including employee and revenue volumes and impact on the community.

Since Donaldson helped start Convoy in 1994, the faith-based nonprofit has grown to serve over 193 million people, collectively, in disaster services and feeding programs worldwide, and generate nearly $439 million in annual revenue, according to its 2021 annual report. Donaldson last year led the corporate team of over 250 employees to build a world distribution center in Republic, to be followed next year by a global headquarters and training center, representing 450,000 square feet and over $50 million in development on the new campus. Also last year, Convoy ranked No. 48 on America’s Top 100 Charities by Forbes and was credited with 96% fundraising efficiency.

Donaldson also is a published author, with more than 30 titles to his name, including “Disruptive Compassion,” his latest.

SBJ’s 22nd annual Economic Impact Awards will present additional individual and company honors: Arvest Bank as Business Advocate of the Year; Larson Heating, Air & Plumbing as Philanthropic Business of the Year; Meleah Spencer, CEO of The Kitchen Inc., as Community Involvement Champion; Meg Wagler, a visual artist, as Entrepreneur of the Year; and Pregnancy Care Center as Charitable Nonprofit of the Year.

Economic impact honors also will be announced in five categories based on years in business. Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

  • A hip joint, Buf Architecture Studio LLC and Next Level Solutions, in the 1-7 years in business category;
  • Burgess Aircraft Management LLC dba OzAir Charter Service, Hurts Donut Co. and Phoenix Home Care & Hospice, for 8-15 years in business;
  • Environmental Works Inc., Pearson-Kelly Technology and Toth and Associates Inc., for 16-29 years in business;
  • Central Bank of the Ozarks, Citizens Memorial Hospital and The Kitchen Inc., for 30-74 years in business; and
  • CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield Communities and The Bank of Missouri, for over 75 years in business.

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