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Russell Cellular clinches fastest-growing company title

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Russell Cellular Inc. took home the top prize yesterday during Springfield Business Journal’s annual countdown of the fastest-growing companies in the Ozarks.

The Battlefield-based company, which operates over 620 Verizon Wireless stores in 37 states and Washington, D.C., posted a record nearly $600 million in revenue in 2019. That represents growth of 88% from 2017-19, the time frame used to judge the awards event. The fast-growth companies are determined through a numbers-based formula that awards points for both annual revenue and percentage growth in 2017, 2018 and 2019

“This past December we celebrated 26 years in business. Over those 26 years, we’ve been fortunate to be a growing company here in our local community,” said Vice President of Operations Jeven Russell, in his acceptance speech. “I look back at 2019 for our company, it was a banner year. There was an anomaly growth year for us.”

Russell pointed to the two largest acquisitions in company history, adding nearly 150 stores to the company’s portfolio, and a move into a $6 million, 41,000-square-foot headquarters.

This was the ninth time Russell Cellular has appeared on the Dynamic Dozen list. The company now has won the top honor three times.

This year’s Dynamic Dozen awards were held virtually over a Zoom webcast, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 150 people joined the virtual event.

Here’s how the remaining 11 companies ranked on the fastest-growing list:

• No. 2: BriteCore, $18 million in 2019 revenue with 88% three-year growth;
• No. 3: O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC, $118.7 million in revenue with 152% growth;
• No. 4: Haven Healthcare LLC, $11.2 million in revenue with 120% growth;
• No. 5: OMG Commerce, $5.7 million in revenue with 189% growth;
• No. 6: Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc., $43 million in revenue with 50% growth;
• No. 7: Burrell Behavioral Health, $117 million in revenue with 40% growth;
• No. 8: Anderson Engineering Inc., $16.7 million in revenue with 61% growth;
• No. 9: CoxHealth, $5.1 billion in revenue with 18% growth;
• No. 10: GigSalad, $16.7 million in revenue with 16% growth;
• No. 11: Keller Williams Greater Springfield, $825.2 million in revenue with 16% growth; and
• No. 12: Mid-American Safety & Environmental LLC, with $985,000 in revenue and 177% growth.

Burrell Behavioral Health also was awarded the Judges’ Choice award. And in addition to the companies honored, five leaders were honored for their work:

• Top Local Executive: Brandy Harris, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield CEO;
• Top Local Financial Officer: Amber Riddle, Little Sunshine’s chief financial officer;
• Top Local Sales/Marketing Professional: Christine Daues, Paul Mueller Co. marketing strategy manager;
• Top Local Human Resources Professional: Scot Scobee, Springfield ReManufacturing Corp. director of human resources; and
• Employee of the Year: Leah Betts, Greene County collector of revenue.

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