Fearless, powerful, unstoppable. Our Biz 100 are the most influential people in southwest Missouri. This year’s list introduces 21 new faces and our Person of the Year, President and CEO of CoxHealth Steve Edwards, plus highlights the latest achievements of returning honorees. These businesspeople are titans of their industries, and they are moving the region forward in more ways than one. Use this list as your business connection cheat sheet.
The Biz 100 is selected by Biz 417’s editors, publishers and advisory board members each May. We evaluate current and prospective honorees based on their individual business success, their impact on the local business community and their community involvement this year. Current honorees are eligible to appear again, but as people retire, leave the area or otherwise take a step back, they can be taken off the list. Leaders can come from any industry and hold any title; however, we are looking for people who truly can move the needle in one or more areas listed above. Some leaders on this list might prefer to avoid the limelight, but we have chosen to brag about them anyway. For more information or to tell us who we missed, visit biz417.com/nominate.