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SBJ Lifetime award going to banking exec

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Last edited 1:36 p.m., July 16, 2019

The chairman of the board for Great Southern Bank and its past president, William “Bill” Turner, was selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement in Business award during Springfield Business Journal’s 2019 Economic Impact Awards in July.

The award recognizes excellence in business and impact on the community.

Turner joined the Springfield-based bank as CEO in 1974, a position he held until 2000. Under Turner’s leadership, Great Southern Bank’s assets have grown from $79 million to $4.4 billion. Great Southern Bank operated a single branch when Turner came on board, and it now has over 100 in six states. He also was instrumental in the bank becoming publicly traded in 1989.

In 1999, Turner’s son, Joe, was named the bank’s president, a position he still holds.

Other award presentations during the 19th annual ceremony: Arvest Bank as Philanthropic Business of the Year; Ozark Region Workforce Development Board as Business Advocate of the Year; Paula Adams of Penmac Staffing Services Inc. as Community Involvement Champion; Tim Clegg, founder of Hurts Donut Co., as Entrepreneur of the Year; and Convoy of Hope as Charitable Nonprofit of the Year.

Economic impact honors also will be announced in three categories based on years in business. Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
Hotel Vandivort LLC, Hurts Donut Co. and Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC, in the 1-5 years in business category;
Burgess Aircraft Management LLC, Phoenix Home Care and Hospice and Sun Solar LLC for 6-15 years in business;
Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc., Oasis Hotel & Convention Center and Toth and Associates Inc. for 16-29 years in business; and
Citizens Memorial Hospital, Mercy Springfield Communities, Penmac Staffing Services Inc. and Springfield-Greene County Park Board for over 30 years in business.

The Economic Impact Awards banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. July 25 at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center. Find more information about the event at


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