10 for the Next 10

Meet the 2023 Class of 10 for the Next 10

Ten people in the southwest Missouri business community who are leading us into the next decade.

by Ren Bishop with additional reporting by Lucie Amberg. Photography by Brandon Alms

Jul 2023

Photos by Brandon Alms, art direction by Sarah Patton Purchase Photo

Meet Our 2023 10 for the Next 10

A decade. That’s what stands between 417-land and endless possibilities. Meet 10 leaders who are challenging the status quo and celebrating what’s possible in the next decade and beyond in our region.

Ryan Beard

Kate Francis

Cade Rogers

Marie Moore

Riley Shantz

Austin Elliott

Sara Choate

Mark Hecquet

Jessica Harmison Olson

Dr. Nichole Lemmon

Nominate Someone You Know for 10 for the Next 10

If you know someone who is leading our community into the future, we want to know about them! Help Biz 417 shine a light on the people shaping the next decade.


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.

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