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Emcee Greg Burris announces the winners of SBJ's fast-growth awards.
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Emcee Greg Burris announces the winners of SBJ's fast-growth awards.

Blog: No fake news here; Dynamic Dozen shines

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Let’s set the record straight. 

Phoenix Home Care Inc. didn’t just release a hit single titled “Bed Pan Boogie.” Ozarks R-6 School District’s CFO Tammy Short certainly didn’t announce her candidacy for governor. And, lastly, don’t look for Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc.’s newest shop in Greg Burris’ backyard.

Amid the “fake news” playfully peppered into the script by Springfield City Manager Burris, the emcee at last night’s Dynamic Dozen awards, there was nothing fake about the accomplishments of the winners.

Dynamic Dozen honors the 12 fastest-growing companies in our community, as well as five top professionals across industries.

Hurts Donut Co. was the big winner of the night, taking home the No. 1 company spot with 457 percent revenue growth in the past three years of its five-year history. Its 2017 revenue was $20.5 million, with a projection for this year at over $30 million. 

Hurts Donut also won Judge’s Choice, which honors a company whose dynamic qualities extend beyond revenue to impact the community and employees.

Co-founders Tim and Kas Clegg weren’t able to accept their awards in person. But they did send a video message with partner Scott Bussard, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they just opened their 18th store.

When I interviewed Tim for this D12 issue, he shared how disappointed he was to miss the event, but explained how important it was for him to be in Colorado for his franchisees. Of course, Tim didn’t know at the time Hurts finished No. 1 on the ranked list. Either way, the dedication to his brand, employees, charitable giving and customers cannot be overstated. 

Hurts Donut was one of seven newcomers to this year’s list. The others were Andy’s Frozen Custard, Bussell Building Inc., Keller Williams Greater Springfield, OakStar Bancshares Inc., O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC and Tomo Drug Testing.

CoxHealth continues its record steak of the most appearances on the list. This was its 10th year. It also has the distinct honor of being the oldest company on this year’s list. Imagine, 112 years old and still growing? Bravo.

This was my first D12 event as features editor and audience development director. If we haven’t met, I was the one tweeting away white sitting on the front row with my husband Ryon.

If you were at the event, you’ll know what I mean when I say Springfield is an incredible place. If not, I hope to connect soon and see you at an upcoming SBJ event.

As a top reason for success, many of the honorees pointed to the importance of their teams. These companies and individuals honored realize how important it is to have dedicated employees and leadership who understand and live-out their companies’ missions.

It’s an honor to have a small part in sharing these stories with you. I hope as you read the full profiles, you’ll be as inspired as I am about this community we call home.

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