Springfield Business Journal’s 2019 class of 40 Under 40 represents 40 accomplished and still-rising professionals in southwest Missouri.
Since its 1999 debut, the awards program has honored individuals under the age of 40 for their professional and civic work.
This year’s honorees, in alphabetical order, are:
• Mark Acre, OneSource Insurance Group LLC;
• Karen Braun, Mercy Springfield Communities;
• Elizabeth Brooks, Springfield Riding Club LLC;
• Dustin Brown, Burrell Behavioral Health;
• Lauren Brown, Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Cafe;
• Michael Buttacy, Ozarks Teen Challenge;
• Will Carter, Central Trust Co.;
• Casey Chasteen, Law Offices of Randy L. Smith LLC;
• Dr. Sarah Cimino, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks;
• Justin Coyan, Evolent Health LLC;
• Hector Cruz, Evangel University;
• Charles Evans, Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.;
• Laura Farmer, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri;
• Kaiti Greenwade, Greenwade Law Firm LLC;
• Alex Haldiman, Tomo Drug Testing;
• Heather Hardinger, Taney County Partnership;
• Brandy Harris, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Inc.;
• Cameron Jones, Parks & Jones, Attorneys at Law LLC;
• Cameron LaBarr, Missouri State University;
• Nichole Lemmon, Springfield Public Schools;
• Dr. Derek Magers, Ascend Dental Design LLC;
• Kaitlyn McConnell, CoxHealth;
• Jennifer Peterson, O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC;
• Phil Rauch, Sancrest LLC;
• Amber Riddle, Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc.;
• Brian Riedy, Mid-Missouri Bank;
• Lori Rook, Ozarks Elder Law LLC;
• Travis Schnelle, ACIS Computers;
• Millie Schuchmann, Isabel’s House;
• Elizabeth Schulte, Abacus CPAs LLC;
• Megan Short, Springfield Contractors Association;
• Ryan Sivill, BKD LLP;
• James Stevens, Dog Gone Mold Springfield Inc.;
• Summer Trottier, Culture Flock Clothing LLC;
• Diana Tyndall, Springfield-Greene County Park Board;
• Dr. Luke Van Kirk, Command Family Medicine PC;
• Andreea Westerhold, Arvest Bank;
• Michael White, SRC Logistics Inc.;
• Ryan Willbanks, Roto Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service; and
• James Wilson, NewStream Enterprises LLC.
The new class will be celebrated during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony March 21 at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave.
SBJ has partnered with the Discovery Center for the 40 Under 40 event to raise awareness and funding for the nonprofit organization devoted to providing STEM education to underserved local children.
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Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.