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.