Springfield Business Journal in September will honor its first class of Men of the Year, recognizing the professional and civic accomplishments of 20 southwest Missouri men.
An independent panel of judges chose the group of honorees, who will be recognized during a Sept. 16 lunch event that will include a live auction to benefit the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch.
The members of the inaugural Men of the Year class, in alphabetical order, are: David Agee
, Husch Blackwell LLP; Jim Anderson
, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. John D. Bentley
, Jordan Valley Community Health Center; Bart Brown
, Ozarks Food Harvest; Dr. Gary Buzbee
, Buzbee Dental; Sam E. Coryell
, TLC Property Management LLC; Gordon A. Elliott
, Elliott Lodging LLC; Dr. Walter J. Gaska
, St. John’s Foundation for Community Health; Sam F. Hamra
, Hamra Enterprises; Hal L. Higdon
, Ph.D., Ozarks Technical Community College; Dr. Michael D. Hoeman
, The Diagnostic Clinic at CoxHealth; Stephen Kleinsmith
, Ed.D., Nixa Public Schools; Jim D. Morris
, Morris Oil Co.; Lynn A. Morris
, Family Pharmacy Inc.; Robert B. Noble
, Noble; Doug Pitt
, ServiceWorld Computer Center LLC; Jerry L. Redfern
, Neale & Newman LLP; Norm Ridder
, Ed.D., Springfield Public Schools; Robert H. Spence
, D.D.; and John Twitty
, Transmission Access Policy Study Group.
Judges were Nadia Cavner of Nadia Cavner Group at BancorpSouth; Crista Hogan of Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association; Rita Needham of Missouri Association of Manufacturers; Tim Rosenbury of Butler, Rosenbury & Partners Inc.; and Jack Weimer of Jack E. Weimer Certified Public Accountant PC.The 2011 Men of the Year luncheon begins with networking at noon Sept. 16 at the Doubletree Hotel, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave. Tickets are $35 apiece or $250 for a table of eight at sbj.net.