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John Morris selected for SBJ's Lifetime Achievement in Business

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Honoring excellence in business and impact on the community, Bass Pro Shops founder John Morris will receive Lifetime Achievement in Business honors during Springfield Business Journal’s 2015 Economic Impact Awards.

The 67-year-old also owns Big Cedar Lodge, Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge golf courses, the Tracker Marine Group and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.

Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the award is one of several presented during the 15th annual awards banquet, scheduled July 23 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave.

Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Co. will receive Philanthropic Business of the Year honors, Missouri State University’s The eFactory will be recognized as Business Advocate of the Year, and Buck VanHooser, with E.W. Scripps Co./Journal Broadcast Group, will be honored as Community Involvement Champion.

New to the awards this year, Brad Erwin, president of Paragon Architecture Inc., will receive the Startup Entrepreneur of the Year award.

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

• Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub, Phoenix Home Care Inc. and Southern Bank, in the one to five years in business category;

• Abacus CPAs LLC, Branson Bank and H Design Group LLC, for the six to 15 years in business category;

• 88.3 The Wind, JMark Business Solutions Inc. and Layer 3 Technology, for 16 to 29 years in business; and

• Citizens Memorial Hospital, CoxHealth and Ollis & Co. for 30 or more years in business.

The Economic Impact Awards banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. July 23. Tickets are $65 apiece and available at

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