An independent panel of judges has chosen the 10th annual class of Springfield Business Journal’s Men of the Year. The award recognizes the professional, philanthropic and civic contributions of businessmen throughout the Springfield region.
The 2020 Men of the Year honorees, in alphabetical order, are:
• Paul Allen, Allen Event Group;
• Jim Arnott, Greene County Sheriff’s Office;
• David Atkisson, J.E. Dunn Construction Co.;
• Ron Bogart, Gold Mechanical Inc.;
• Chris Bozarth, CJD Engineering LLC;
• Casey Chastain, Connell Insurance Inc.;
• Robert Cirtin, Robert Cirtin Investigations LLC;
• Ryan DeBoef, Missouri State University;
• Scott Fitzpatrick, Maricorp U.S.;
• Jeremy Hahn, Life360 Community Services;
• David Healy, Appleby Healy Attorneys at Law PC;
• Greg Horton, Integrity Home Care LLC;
• Charlie Hungerford, Southwest Baptist University;
• Britton Jobe, Neale & Newman LLP;
• Mark McCartney, Arctic Food Equipment;
• Michael Miller, Mid-Missouri Bank;
• Chad Shook, Mossy Oak Properties;
• Christopher Swan, BRP Architects;
• Chris Tuckness, CT Consulting and Communications LLC; and
• Kenneth Williams, Stifel Financial Corp.
The Men of the Year event is planned for Aug. 13. More information will be released at SBJ.net/MOTY.
For this year’s event, SBJ is partnering with nonprofit Victory Mission & Ministry to help raise funds for its men’s recovery programs and job training.
Read profiles of this year's honorees.
Aaron York, general superintendent of Donco 3 Construction, describes what he sees in the construction job market in Springfield in 2021. Rachel York is the co-owner of Donco3 Construction.
Jim Meinsen gives his advice for finding new clients as the owner of a new or existing business. Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and recently celebrated 50 years in business.
Jeramey and Julia Henson discuss the reason they and HM Dentworks co-owner Chris McWhirter started the HM Dentworks Academy. With the job demands of their field taking them across the country, all three felt that they needed a plan for the future.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
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.