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10 for the Next 10

Meet the 2019 Class of 10 for the Next 10

Meet 10 rising leaders who are moving southwest Missouri into the next decade.

By Adrienne Donica | Art Direction by Sarah Patton

Jul 2019

Biz 417's 10 for the Next 10 Rob Blevins
Photo by Brandon AlmsAs Executive Director of the Discover Center of Springfield, Rob Blevins has seen exponential growth and is continuing to look ahead at growing their STEM educational resources.

Ten years ago, the Springfield-Branson National Airport had just moved to its current location, Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium was on hiatus, and the Branson Ferris Wheel was still operating in its former Chicago home. What will our corner of the world look like in another decade? We asked our third annual class of emerging leaders. They see residents walking past an expanded IDEA Commons and using a first-of-its-kind immersive app that touts all that southwest Missouri has to offer. They envision a place that is known for its strong business climate, mental health care offerings, inclusivity and innovation. If you ask us, we’re all in good hands.

Methodology: Biz 417 selects honorees for our annual 10 for the Next 10 feature based on reader-, advisory board- and editor-submitted nominations. Nominees are evaluated on professional achievements, community impact and leadership qualities. There are no age or industry requirements. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis with a formal nomination period each February. To learn more, visit biz417.com/nominate. These interviews have been edited and condensed for space.

MEET OUR 10 FOR THE NEXT 10

ANDREA SITZES

ANDREA SITZES
For driving economic development in Christian County

C.J. DAVIS

C.J. DAVIS
For championing mental health care access

CRYSTAL QUADE

CRYSTAL QUADE
For amplifying the voices of  Missourians in need

KRISTIN CARTER

KRISTIN CARTER
For showing young professionals how it’s done

PADEN WILCOX

PADEN WILCOX
For welcoming young professionals to 417-land

PAIGE OXENDINE

PAIGE OXENDINE
For creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to flourish

ROB BLEVINS

ROB BLEVINS
For spurring growth at Discovery Center of Springfield

SCOTT FITZPATRICK

SCOTT FITZPATRICK
For using his fiscal prowess in the name of public service

STEPHEN HALL

STEPHEN HALL
For connecting public schools with the community

TYLER DRENON

TYLER DRENON
For working to make the impossible possible

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