The last year has been an eventful one, to say the least. In 2019, we saw the Ozarks region make strides toward a bigger future with new initiatives like Forward SGF, walkability and greenspace development, and SGForum. Then, 2020 brought COVID-19, a national lockdown and a historic wave of social unrest. This year’s 10 for the Next 10 continue to move us forward with the networks they build and the connections they make, even when they have to dramatically pivot how they do things. With their leadership, we can be confident that, whatever may be next, southwest Missouri can face it head-on.
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.