The scores have been tabulated for Springfield Business Journal’s 2021 Dynamic Dozen, recognizing the 12 fastest-growing companies in the Ozarks.
The Dynamic Dozen companies, in alphabetical order, are Alps Pharmacy, Anderson Engineering Inc., Burrell Behavioral Health, Carson-Mitchell Inc., Falcon Electric LLC, Keller Williams Greater Springfield, Legacy Bank and Trust, Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc., Next Level Solutions, OMG Commerce, Pure & Clean LLC and Russell Cellular Inc.
A countdown of company rankings to No. 1 will be held May 27 during a reception and awards ceremony at The Barley House at Moon Town Crossing.
Also at the ceremony, SBJ will honor six professionals with individual awards and present the first Tenacious Company of the Year Award. It recognizes a company that showed innovation during the coronavirus pandemic. Top Chief Operations Officer is also new to the awards this year.
Determined by an independent panel of judges, the individual honors are awarded in six categories:
• Top CEO or Managing Partner: C.J. Davis, Burrell Behavioral Health;
• Top Chief Operations Officer: Adam Andreassen, Burrell Behavioral Health;
• Top Chief Financial Officer: Carter Peters, Guaranty Bank;
• Top Sales/Marketing Professional: Tara Bielinski, Phoenix Home Care and Hospice;
• Top Human Resources Professional: Celeste Cramer, CoxHealth; and
• Employee of the Year: Jason Steingraber, Springfield Public Schools.
The Tenacious Company honors a business for qualities that extend beyond revenue to impact the community. The judges selected Burrell Behavioral Health for the 2021 honor recognizing innovative growth, civic awareness and philanthropic efforts.
The Dynamic Dozen fast-growth companies are determined by a numbers-based formula that awards points for both annual revenue and percentage growth in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In their applications, eligible companies reported gross revenue of at least $250,000 in each year, and they must operate headquarters within 50 miles of Springfield or provided segmented revenues for the 50-mile radius. A third party, BluCurrent Credit Union, verified the numbers in the Dynamic Dozen applications.
Profiles of the companies and individuals will appear in a publication debuting at the event and distributed in SBJ’s May 31 edition.
For more information and past honorees, visit SBJ.net/D12.
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