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SBJ unveils class of 40 Under 40

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Springfield Business Journal’s 2023 class of 40 Under 40 represents 40 accomplished and still-rising professionals in southwest Missouri.

Since its 1999 debut, the awards program has honored individuals under the age of 40 for their professional and civic work.

This year’s honorees, in alphabetical order, are Rikki Barton, Onward Consulting LLC; Paden Chambers, nForm Architecture LLC; Colin Shea Denniston, 417 Magazine; Whitney Distler, City Utilities of Springfield; Megan Eli, Buf Architecture Studio LLC; Ashley Evans, Mercy Springfield Communities; Joe Everest, Ozark Fence & Supply Co.; Christina Ford, Rebound Foundation Inc. and Kids Inn Child Care Center LLC; Candice Frazier, NeoLight; Caitlin Golike, Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc.; Dr. Randi Green, Springfield Smile Doctor; Sarah Hanak, Citizens Memorial Hospital; Kenny Kabak, Christ Episcopal Church; Hailey Kolstad, Next Level Solutions; Dani Lacio, Promo; Holly Madden, The Connecting Grounds; Chase Marable, Connell Insurance Inc.; Dr. Ashley Meyer, Dental 32; Lauren Mustoe, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Genevieve Nelson, Lost & Found Grief Center; Daniel Ortega, Ozark School District; Brittany Perry, Evans & Dixon LLC; Kristie Pierce, Twibell Pierson Criminal Law LP; Erin E. Plisco, Missouri State University; Melissa Rea, Care to Learn; Jessica Reed, Synergy Recovery Center LLC; David J. Schaumburg, Springfield-Branson National Airport; Aaron Schekorra, Springfield-Greene County Health Department; Sabrena Shipley, Abacus CPAs LLC; Micheala Steinmetz-Benton, Ozarks Technical Community College; Kelsea Suarez, Great Southern Bank; Matthew B. Suarez, Central Trust Co.; Carly Taft, FORVIS LLP; Kayla Thomas, The Payroll Co.; Syd Tippie, Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; Kathryn Wall, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks; Sheri Walsh, Hiveminded Marketing; Samantha Williams, IntrinsiQ Specialty Solutions Inc.; Whitney Williams, CoxHealth Foundation; and Madison Yohn, Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc.

The new class will be celebrated during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony March 7 at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center.

SBJ has partnered with Foundation for Springfield Public Schools for the 40 Under 40 event to raise funds for the nonprofit organization to provide financial resources for educational enrichment beyond the daily operational needs of the school district.


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