The scores have been tabulated for Springfield Business Journal’s 2021 Dynamic Dozen, recognizing the 12 fastest-growing companies in the Ozarks.
The Dynamic Dozen companies, in alphabetical order, are Alps Pharmacy, Anderson Engineering Inc., Burrell Behavioral Health, Carson-Mitchell Inc., Falcon Electric LLC, Keller Williams Greater Springfield, Legacy Bank and Trust, Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc., Next Level Solutions, OMG Commerce, Pure & Clean LLC and Russell Cellular Inc.
A countdown of company rankings to No. 1 will be held May 27 during a reception and awards ceremony at The Barley House at Moon Town Crossing.
Also at the ceremony, SBJ will honor six professionals with individual awards and present the first Tenacious Company of the Year Award. It recognizes a company that showed innovation during the coronavirus pandemic. Top Chief Operations Officer is also new to the awards this year.
Determined by an independent panel of judges, the individual honors are awarded in six categories:
• Top CEO or Managing Partner: C.J. Davis, Burrell Behavioral Health;
• Top Chief Operations Officer: Adam Andreassen, Burrell Behavioral Health;
• Top Chief Financial Officer: Carter Peters, Guaranty Bank;
• Top Sales/Marketing Professional: Tara Bielinski, Phoenix Home Care and Hospice;
• Top Human Resources Professional: Celeste Cramer, CoxHealth; and
• Employee of the Year: Jason Steingraber, Springfield Public Schools.
The Tenacious Company honors a business for qualities that extend beyond revenue to impact the community. The judges selected Burrell Behavioral Health for the 2021 honor recognizing innovative growth, civic awareness and philanthropic efforts.
The Dynamic Dozen fast-growth companies are determined by a numbers-based formula that awards points for both annual revenue and percentage growth in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In their applications, eligible companies reported gross revenue of at least $250,000 in each year, and they must operate headquarters within 50 miles of Springfield or provided segmented revenues for the 50-mile radius. A third party, BluCurrent Credit Union, verified the numbers in the Dynamic Dozen applications.
Profiles of the companies and individuals will appear in a publication debuting at the event and distributed in SBJ’s May 31 edition.
For more information and past honorees, visit SBJ.net/D12.
Company commissions locally produced pieces that highlight takeaways of the pandemic.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, discusses an issue she sees in how business is presented to young women. She says because social roles are different for men and women, women can be led to expect an unrealistic work-life balance as business owners.
Randy Bacon, a longtime professional photographer based in downtown Springfield, says preparation before making big decisions helped him transition between important stages in his life. He says his big decisions were ultimately a big leap of faith.
Andrea Petersberg, owner of the Local Bevy, says the appeal of a local store holds a lot of value for people in and outside of Springfield. Petersburg says being a supporting part of the local connection for artists is important for her.
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, shares his story on how he left his job in the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now 60 years old and with signature character to his photography and business, he says he still is a 15-year-old boy with a camera.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, gives her advice for maintaining good relationships with clients. Drawing on her experience working with customers coast to coast, Thomas says equity and fairness are some of the best ways to build trust and respect.
Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.