It’s not easy to get your name on the Men of the Year list. Our independent judges have high standards. These men must excel in their profession and be known as leaders and givers in the community, all while balancing quality time with family and friends. But somehow, these men are pulling it off, and doing it well. As our guest columnist Brent Dunn with Missouri State University, a recipient of last year’s award, points out, the true impact of a man is not how many awards he has lining his shelf or wall. Where the importance lies is in how he got that award in the first place. We can’t take anything with us, but we can certainly follow the examples of these men and leave something lasting behind.
—Christine Temple, Features Editor
The Judging Process
Here’s the Men of the Year selection process from start to finish:
1. Nominations are submitted from across the community.
2. Nominees are notified and given questionnaires to fill out for judges’ consideration.
3. SBJ selects an independent panel of judges to evaluate each submitted questionnaire, along with a resume and letter of recommendation.
4. Judges individually score each applicant based on their professional accomplishments, leadership/influence and civic engagement.
5. Judges are asked to recuse themselves from scoring any nominee who would be considered a conflict of interest.
6. SBJ tallies all judges’ scores to determine the top 20, with no two honorees from the same organization.
7. SBJ announces the honorees and reveals the year’s judges.
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