An independent panel of judges has chosen the 11th annual class of Springfield Business Journal’s Men of the Year. The award recognizes the professional, philanthropic and civic contributions of businessmen throughout the Springfield region.
The 2021 Men of the Year honorees, in alphabetical order, are: Ty Alexander, Terracon Consultants Inc.; Jonas Arjes, Taney County Partnership; Jeff Brossard-Sims, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri; Ted Cederblom, Life360 Church of the Assemblies of God; Tim Clegg, Hurts Donut Co.; Bob Dixon, Greene County Commission; Chuck Dow, Synergy Wealth Solutions Inc.; Matt Farmer, Springfield Police Department; Gary Gibson, City Utilities of Springfield; Tony Gunn Jr., Project You Belong and Saint Louis Mental Health Board; David Hall, Missouri State University; Jason Hynson, Victory Mission & Ministry; Matthew Jones, Missouri Division of Youth Services; John Jungmann, Springfield Public Schools; Dr. Darren Lehnert, Mercy Springfield Communities; Gearl Loden, Nixa Public Schools; Jeff Lofton, Clever Police Department; Ryan Sivill, BKD LLP; Darrell “Smitty” Smith, Smitty’s Mid-West Boxing Gym LLC; and Brandon Welch, Frank & Maven. The Men of the Year event is planned for Aug. 19. Find more information at SBJ.net/MOTY.
For this year’s event, SBJ is partnering with nonprofit CASA of Southwest Missouri to help raise funds for its program to train community volunteers who assist the court in protecting the best interest of abused and neglected children in southwest Missouri.
Local medical marijuana dispensaries must find ways to get creative with their marketing in light of industry advertising regulations released this summer by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.