An independent panel of judges chose 40 rising professionals for Springfield Business Journal’s 2021 40 Under 40 class.
Since its 1999 debut, the awards program honors individual under the age of 40 for their professional and community accomplishments.
This year’s honorees, in alphabetical order, are: Dana Ausburn, Commerce Bank; Cindy Beecher, United Way of the Ozarks; Brittany Bilyeu, Culture Flock Clothing LLC; Megan Buchbinder, Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc.; Brandy Buckler, BKD LLP; Wendy Buttacy, Adult & Teen Challenge USA; Callie Carroll, Missouri State University; Tyree Davis IV, Community Partnership of the Ozarks Inc.; Halley Fleming, Branson Bank; Jarad Giddens, Meridian Title Co. and Whiskey River Market; Spencer Graham, GP Athletics and Graham Colorworks Printing and Design LLC; Cara Griffin, Ozarks Technical Community College; Dana Haase, Nabholz Construction Corp.; Katie Hansen, Missouri Division of Finance; John Hedgpeth, Ozark Bank; Lauren Holder, Social Media by Lauren; Nicole Holt, Springfield Public Schools; Addison Jones, Dake Wells Architecture Inc.; Corey Kilburn, RoundTable Legal LLC; Julia King, city of Branson and Healthcare Performance Group LLC; Eric Lampe, The Whitlock Co.; Natosha Lancaster, Isabel's House; Dr. Curtis Mattson, CoxHealth; Nathan McCartney, Arctic Food Equipment; Austin Miller, Wise Built; Marie Moore, Mercy Hospital Springfield; James Mulvenon, Revel Advertising; Alex Neville-Verdugo, Discovery Center of Springfield Inc.; Daniel Ogunyemi, Burrell Behavioral Health; Brandi O'Reilly, Dynamic Strides Therapy Inc.; Justin Orf, CJW Transportation Consultants LLC; Bethany Parsons, Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton PC; Natalie Precise, Drury University; Royce Reding, Nevont LLC and Billy Long for Congress; Lindsay Reichert, Paragon Architecture LLC; Maggie Rollwagen, Abilities First; Grant Sloan, Branson/Lakes Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau; Imari Stout, Black Lives Matter Southwest Missouri; Kaijuanda Sutton, Wyndham Vacation Ownership Inc.; and Bryant Young, Insurors of the Ozarks.
The new class will be celebrated during a March 25 ceremony at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center. Event details to follow.
SBJ has partnered with United Way of the Ozarks for the 40 Under 40 event in an effort to raise awareness and funding for the nonprofit.
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