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SWMO shows strong in 2010 Missourian awards

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Of the 13 community leaders selected as award recipients for the 2010 Missourian Award, 11 are in the southwest Missouri region. The award ceremony will be held Oct. 2.

From Springfield, Mayor Jim O'Neal, president of O & S Trucking; Dr. John Bentley, internist; Dr. Robert Corolla, oncologist; J. Howard Fisk, Fisk Transportation Group owner; Nancy O'Reilly, clinical psychologist and health wellness consultant; Dan Kinney, former Springfield-Greene County Park Board director; and Charley Slavens, Artisan Construction Services president, were selected.

Other area recipients are Stephen Kleinsmith, Nixa School Superintendent; Lynn Morris, owner of Family Pharmacy of Nixa; Carol Silvey, former Missouri State University-West Plains director of development; and Bob Van Stavern of Van Stavern Construction Co. in Lebanon.

James Buford, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, and Brenda Tinnen, senior vice president and general manager of the Sprint Center in Kansas City, also were chosen.

Six Springfield area leaders were selected for the 2009 Missourian Award, according to Springfield Business Journal coverage.

John Twitty, Springfield City Utilities CEO and general manager, will serve as emcee at the award ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.

Missourian Award Founder Ralph Slavens, Springfield-based commercial loan banker, will miss the ceremony for the first time since the award debuted in 1994, as he is recovering from complications due to a leg embolism, the release said.

The Missourian Award selects nominees who have made significant contributions to the state or nation in the fields of civics, business, arts or politics. No person from the political field, however, is eligible until having been out of office for at least two years, according to the award's Web site.

This ceremony marks the 17th year for the Missourian awards. Past recipients include Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite, Sam Walton and Johnny Morris. Springfield Business Journal Publisher Dianne Elizabeth Osis received the honor in 2008, according to the SBJ archives.
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