August 10 | 7:30 a.m. | Andy B's
Hear from the professionals who are poised to become 417-land's next generation of leaders at Biz 417’s B-School presented by Elite Mercedes. Part of Biz 417's 10 for the Next 10, our panelists will talk about their visions for Springfield.

Sponsored by:

Jeff Houghton​
Host and Executive Producer, The Mystery Hour

Jeff Houghton has built his dream job in 417-land, but The Mystery Hour wasn’t always the success it is now. At B-School, you'll learn about the business side of the Emmy award-winning comedy show and Houghton's mission to make everyone love Springfield as much as he does, one hilarious skit at a time.

Joshua Widner
Co-owner, Scotch & Soda, Golden Girl Rum Club and Cherry Picker Package x Fare

Joshua Widner's cocktail empire almost didn't happen. Heading back home to 417-land was not the plan when Joshua Widner was finishing out his senior year of college, but when his job in Iceland fell through, that changed. Today Widner is a serial entrepreneur who has opened four bars before his 30th birthday. Discover Widner’s vision for 417-land’s future at B-School.

Heather Hardinger
Programs and Communications Director, Taney County Partnership

Although she describes herself as risk-averse, Heather Hardinger will go out on a limb to try to fill Branson’s workforce needs. The native Alaskan recently organized a trip to Puerto Rico so seven Branson employers could fill 300 positions. At B-School, learn how Hardinger adapts solutions from communities to work for Branson.

Catherine Bass Black​
Head of Talent Acquisition and Community Affairs, Bass Pro Shops

Catherine Bass Black isn’t afraid to speak her mind or go after what she wants. That’s what led her from the nonprofit world to an executive recruiting firm. Hear what Black as to say about diversifying 417-land’s leadership at B-School on August 10.