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2022 Men of the Year: Shannon Rosebrough

Springfield Builders Inc.

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Shannon Rosebrough is motivated by helping those around him – whether it’s maximizing efficiency on a construction project or advocating for a child in the foster care system. 

At general contracting firm Springfield Builders Inc., Rosebrough helped develop his current role of assistant project estimator. He says the role influences the success of others daily.

“The proof is in my title,” he says. “My job is literally to assist the estimators with their projects and ensure our bids are the best possible number and that they are fair and competitive.”

The new role for the firm allows estimators to spend more time on their projects, enhancing profitability, Rosebrough says.

SBI’s project portfolio includes an expansion of Grizzly Industrial, Husch Blackwell’s offices, the Missouri State University Carrington Auditorium and the Crossway Baptist Student Center.

Rosebrough, who’s worked at SBI since 2015, has also been tasked with training new hires on company software and daily operations. 

He says he’s most proud of the work he’s accomplished in the community as a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri. He got connected with CASA through another nonprofit, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. He was serving as a lunch buddy when the child moved, and he became concerned for his well-being. He learned the child had been placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect. 

Rosebrough completed 30 hours of training to become a CASA volunteer, which allowed him to advocate for the child within the foster care system. He also took on the task of advocating for the child’s four siblings.

“My proudest moment would be seeing a sibling group I advocated for get adopted,” he says. “I met with the children twice a month for the two years that they were in the foster care system as well as monthly meetings with their care team and quarterly court appearances. The process can be emotional, and I was very proud of the work we had done together to get to that point.”

Laura Farmer, executive director of CASA, says Rosebrough’s advocacy was critical in the adoption of the siblings. 

“Shannon played an integral part of their lives by helping them stabilize, consistently checking in with them and constantly advocating for their needs,” she says. “He understands that to really make an impact, you have to show up for children who need it the most. And believe me when I say, this young boy and his siblings needed Shannon in their lives.”

Along with volunteering at CASA, Rosebrough is a member of the local chapter of the National MS Society, helping organize Bike MS and Walk MS fundraisers, as well as hosting pickleball tournaments to raise funds for the cause. 

His professional and personal endeavors are merging, as SBI was selected as general contractor for the new CASA headquarters. 

“Our vision is to serve 100% of our local children in foster care, and I believe that moving into these buildings will be essential to help CASA reach that goal,” he says.

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