Entrepreneur, Pinegar Chevrolet Buick GMC–Branson; Pinegar Chevrolet–Republic; Pinegar Land & Cattle, CATAA Properties; Wildwood Plaza
B.S., Missouri State University
The Essential: Abigail Pinegar-Rose plays a vital role in her family’s auto dealerships and in commercial real estate. She was recently appointed to the Missouri Lottery Commission.
The Insight: Pinegar-Rose’s father, businessman Ed Pinegar, died in 2020. “This loss hasn’t only been my biggest challenge this year; I’m sure [it will be] for the rest of my life,” she says. “I didn’t just lose my father. He was a mentor, a confidant and my champion. I learned my ‘juggling act’ from him. Personally, this loss will never be filled, but professionally, his absence has to be filled to the best of my ability. He always said, ‘Just do the best you can, and if it still doesn’t work out, then you know you did your best.’ I remember this every day.”
Big in 2021: Pinegar-Rose serves as vice president for 417-land's chapter of the Dream Factory, which she describes as "an organization that grants dreams to local children who are critically or chronically ill." After learning about the organization through a family that had personal experience with it, she says. "We decided that the Springfield area was in need of a local chapter and began Dream Factory SWMO in 2019. It was an extraordinary accomplishment for us to not only get this chapter going during a pandemic but to also raise enough funds to have the ability to send two children and their families on their dream trip to Disney World this summer."