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SBJ announces 2024 class of Men of the Year

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An independent panel of judges has chosen the 14th annual class of Springfield Business Journal’s Men of the Year. The award recognizes the professional, philanthropic and civic contributions of 20 businessmen throughout the Springfield region.

The 2024 Men of the Year honorees, in alphabetical order, are: Wes Buchholz, Council of Churches of the Ozarks Inc.; Dr. Robert L. Carolla, retired; Tim Dygon, The Arc of the Ozarks; Duan Gavel, City Utilities of Springfield and All Things Diverse SGF LLC; Eric Gerke, Guaranty Bank; Jarad Giddens, Meridian Title Co. and city of Nixa; Ryan Goeden, New Life Church; Ryan Hurn, New York Life Insurance Co.; Jeff Kennedy, Nixon & Lindstrom Insurance; Johnny T. McNeil, Community Partnership of the Ozarks Inc.; Austin Miller, Wise Built Custom Homes; Matthew D. Morris, Missouri State University; Tyler Padgitt, The Courageous Church; Cristian Rath, Abacus CPAs LLC; Scott Rose, Murney Associates, Realtors; Sam Rost, city of Marshfield; Michael Smith, Next Level Solutions; Matthew B. Suarez, Central Trust Co.; Adam Toth, Toth and Associates Inc.; and Christopher Upton, Abilities First.

The Men of the Year event is planned for April 18. Find more information at

For this year’s event, SBJ is partnering with nonprofit Abilities First to help raise funds for its programs serving Greene County individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


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