For almost two decades, Springfield Business Journal has honored women for their accomplishments in southwest Missouri and this 18th-annual class of Most Influential Women brings the count to 360 professionals.
The award recognizes the careers, civic leadership and influence of 20 women chosen by an independent panel of judges. The ladies will be honored during an Oct. 13 luncheon.
The 2017 Most Influential Women honorees, in alphabetical order, are: Heather Alder, Heather Hill Farms; RaeLynn Anderson, community volunteer; Brandi Bartel, The Victim Center Inc.; Brooke Bigham, EOS LLC; Andrea Brady, Great Southern Bank; Jill Bright, Diaper Bank of the Ozarks; Dr. Barbara Bumberry, Mercy Springfield Communities; Dianne Davis, DL Media Inc.; Linda Daugherty, Academy of Hair Design Inc.; Candida Deckard, CNH Reman LLC; Dr. Patricia Dix, CoxHealth; Bontiea Goss, Preferred Family Healthcare Inc.; Missy Handyside, Oasis Hotel & Convention Center; Melissa Higbie, Esterly, Schneider & Associates Inc.; Julie Masterson, Missouri State University; Karen McKnight, Nixa Public Schools; Tami North, Rogersville Area Chamber of Commerce; Amanda Tummons, Husch Blackwell LLP; Susie Turner, Signal Strength LLC; and Donna Washburn, Evangel University.
The Most Influential Women luncheon will begin with a silent auction at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at University Plaza Hotel Convention Center, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway.
Springfield Business Journal has partnered with Springfield not-for-profit Women in Need for the event in an effort to raise money and help provide resources to enable women and provide a hand up.
Tickets are $38 apiece and can be purchased by calling SBJ Circulation and Events Director Diana Weber at (417) 831-3238.
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Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.
Aaron York talks about the culture he fosters at Donco3 as the general superintendent. York says the key is to treat your business like family.