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10 for the Next 10

Meet the 2020 Class of 10 for the Next 10

This year's 10 for the Next 10 honorees are using each of their strengths to better our community and southwest Missouri. Whatever got them on the list for 2020, they have one thing in common: They are leading Springfield into the future.

By Jamie Thomas | Art Direction by Danielle Giarratano

Jul 2020

Biz 417's 10 for the Next 10 Nicole Holt
Photo by Brandon AlmsAs Deputy Superintendent of Academics at Springfield Public Schools, Nicole Holt helped Missouri's largest school district transform the way it engaged with students when COVID-19 hit in the form of virtual learning. Purchase Photo

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.

MEET OUR 10 FOR THE NEXT 10

KATIE JONES

KATIE JONES
For working to make sure up-and-coming talent stays in Springfield

BROCK SHAMEL

BROCK SHAMEL
For improving accessibility in 417-land’s health care industry

TRAVIS ALLEN

TRAVIS ALLEN
For his focus on creating a more connected 417-land

CHRISTINA ANGLE

CHRISTINA ANGLE
For her part in managing a large-scale manufacturing space while making time for 417-land leadership

DERRICK ESTELL

DERRICK ESTELL
For his dedication to making Springfield a destination city for young professionals

DEE KING

DEE KING
For passing on her passion for meaningful networking

JASMINE BAILEY

JASMINE BAILEY
For connecting the community to those who keep them safe

CHELSEY BODE

CHELSEY BODE
For her work with multiple local organizations that give back to 417-land

NICOLE HOLT

NICOLE HOLT
For pivoting the largest school district in Missouri to virtual education in a matter of days

ADDISON JONES

ADDISON JONES
For leading Springfield to a greener future with Better Block SGF

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