Springfield Business Journal’s 2019 class of 40 Under 40 represents 40 accomplished and still-rising professionals in southwest Missouri.
Since its 1999 debut, the awards program has honored individuals under the age of 40 for their professional and civic work.
This year’s honorees, in alphabetical order, are:
• Mark Acre, OneSource Insurance Group LLC;
• Karen Braun, Mercy Springfield Communities;
• Elizabeth Brooks, Springfield Riding Club LLC;
• Dustin Brown, Burrell Behavioral Health;
• Lauren Brown, Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Cafe;
• Michael Buttacy, Ozarks Teen Challenge;
• Will Carter, Central Trust Co.;
• Casey Chasteen, Law Offices of Randy L. Smith LLC;
• Dr. Sarah Cimino, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks;
• Justin Coyan, Evolent Health LLC;
• Hector Cruz, Evangel University;
• Charles Evans, Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.;
• Laura Farmer, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri;
• Kaiti Greenwade, Greenwade Law Firm LLC;
• Alex Haldiman, Tomo Drug Testing;
• Heather Hardinger, Taney County Partnership;
• Brandy Harris, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Inc.;
• Cameron Jones, Parks & Jones, Attorneys at Law LLC;
• Cameron LaBarr, Missouri State University;
• Nichole Lemmon, Springfield Public Schools;
• Dr. Derek Magers, Ascend Dental Design LLC;
• Kaitlyn McConnell, CoxHealth;
• Jennifer Peterson, O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC;
• Phil Rauch, Sancrest LLC;
• Amber Riddle, Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc.;
• Brian Riedy, Mid-Missouri Bank;
• Lori Rook, Ozarks Elder Law LLC;
• Travis Schnelle, ACIS Computers;
• Millie Schuchmann, Isabel’s House;
• Elizabeth Schulte, Abacus CPAs LLC;
• Megan Short, Springfield Contractors Association;
• Ryan Sivill, BKD LLP;
• James Stevens, Dog Gone Mold Springfield Inc.;
• Summer Trottier, Culture Flock Clothing LLC;
• Diana Tyndall, Springfield-Greene County Park Board;
• Dr. Luke Van Kirk, Command Family Medicine PC;
• Andreea Westerhold, Arvest Bank;
• Michael White, SRC Logistics Inc.;
• Ryan Willbanks, Roto Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service; and
• James Wilson, NewStream Enterprises LLC.
The new class will be celebrated during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony March 21 at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave.
SBJ has partnered with the Discovery Center for the 40 Under 40 event to raise awareness and funding for the nonprofit organization devoted to providing STEM education to underserved local children.
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Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, say the past year has been one of the toughest they have faced. Now in the company's 50th year, the couple says they learned a few things in 2020.
Charlie Rosenbury, president of Self-Interactive, calls on his experience in programming to illustrate lessons he has learned running a business and life in general. Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas is presented by Great Southern Bank.
Darline Mabins talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about growing up after a tragic accident took the lives of her mother and older brother. Mabins is now the regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank. No Ceiling is an SBJ podcast, going in depth with local women, sharing their journey to the top of their professions.
Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, shares the reason behind the business’ name. She says part of the inspiration goes back to a painting her daughter had in her room when she was younger.
Heather Kite, owner of Rooted Deep Farms, relates how she started up her business in the summer of last year. She says it was a long journey, but she is satisfied with the choice she made.
Amy Susan, director of public relations at EquipmentShare, discusses EquipmentShare’s philosophy of design thinking, and how field experience dictates their innovation. Design thinking consists of brainstorming, collaborating, beta testing and a practical implementation of solutions.