An independent panel of judges chose 40 rising professionals for Springfield Business Journal’s 2018 class of 40 Under 40.
Since its 1999 debut, the awards program continues to honor individuals under the age of 40 for their professional and community accomplishments.
This year’s honorees, in alphabetical order, are: Ben Agee, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds; Mandy Anthes, The Bank of Missouri; Caleb Arthur, Sun Solar LLC; Catherine Bass Black, Bass Pro Shops; Amy Blansit, Solely Jolie and Missouri State University; Mary Bozarth, Little Sunshine Enterprises Inc.; Rob Buchanan, OakStar Bank; Kristin Carter, Central Trust Co.; Chuck Dow, Northwestern Mutual; Jill Finney, United Way of the Ozarks; Audrey Garard, Grooms Office Environments; Ashley Harkness, Jesus Was Homeless Inc.; Laura Elliott, Big Whiskey’s Concepts LLC; Britton Jobe, Neale & Newman LLP; Tammy Kelley, Table Rock Community Bank; Brandon Kennedy, John Deere Reman; Luke Kuschmeader, Kuat Innovations LLC; Ryan Lacson, Galena R-2 School District; Emily Laurie, Hogan Land Title Co.; Heather Lewis, KOLR10; Lindsey Lund, Husch Blackwell LLP; Brett Magers, Legacy Bank & Trust Co.; Crystal Mapp, KPM CPAs & Advisors; Matt Miller, Schnoebelen Miller LLC; Rob Mooney, Jordan Valley Community Health Center; Rick Mouery, Mouery’s Flooring; Jean Nyberg, BKD LLP; Ryan Oldham, McAlister’s Deli; Jeffrey Parkison, City Utilities of Springfield; Crystal Quade, Missouri House of Representatives; Rachel Riso, Baird Lightner Millsap PC; Sarah Russell, Arvest Bank; Hugo Sanchez, O’Reilly Automotive Inc.; Matthew Simpson, Ozarks Technical Community College; Rachael Snow, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Jacob Thomas, Mattax-Neu-Prater Eye Center Inc.; Amy Townsend, Cox College; Clay Trautman, Ollis/Akers/Arney; Kevin Waterland, Pitt Technology Group LLC; and Gary Wood, Compere & Robinette CPAs PC.
The new class will be celebrated during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony March 22 at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave. Tickets are $35 apiece and can be purchased at SBJ.net.
SBJ has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network for the 40 Under 40 event in an effort to raise awareness and money for the nonprofit organization devoted to supporting hospitals by filling funding gaps. Since 1983, CMN has raised $5 billion to help cover the cost of care for the 10 million pediatric patients in North America.
SBJ survey data is used to analyze the flow of money.
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