Biz 100

Sneak Peek: The 2021 Biz 100 List

Find out who made it onto the 2021 Biz 100 list and grab your tickets for the Biz 100 Party.

by Lucie Amberg

Oct 18 2021 at 8 a.m.

Photo by Alex Solomon

We’re so excited about the Biz 100, our annual listing of the people we believe are shaping our region’s future. One hundred sounds like a big number until you try to apply it to all the people who are working, creating—giving so much of themselves—to make southwest Missouri a special place to live and work. Whittling the list down to 100 was tough.

Many of the names who made it onto the list will sound familiar. They’re active and influential people, so you’ve probably encountered them. But you may not have heard the perspectives they shared with us, things like: 

• “A lot of people will come into your life. Some will stay, and some will go. Learn from all of it.”
• “The work will sometimes be harder than expected. Always try to be empathetic and listen intently before making a decision.”
• “Springfield will be a model for the nation when it collectively and individually incorporates inclusive excellence in all sectors.”
• “Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging thing to—or about—somebody.”
• “We have the ability to make Springfield what we want it to be.”

These are just a few of the words that have been kicking around in my head as we put together our cover story about this year’s Biz 100. It’s filled with insights and reflections, and there are plenty of fun tidbits, too. Like the Biz 100 honoree who was once head bouncer at an MTV Spring Break bar, the one who played college basketball, the one who sang bass in a traveling gospel quartet—and the one who attended his own great-grandmother’s wedding.

Below you can see the whole list, and we can’t wait to share all the info in the November/December issue of Biz 417, where we'll also reveal the 2021 Person of the Year

The 2021 Biz 100 Party

And if you’d like to celebrate and mingle with the Biz 100, please join us at the Biz 100 Party on November 10.

Rita Baron 
Brad Erwin

Arts & Entertainment
Beth Domann

Automobiles & Transportation
Rick Hughlett
Robert Low
Mark Walker
Brian Weiler

Business Consulting & Employment Services
Paula Adams

Commercial Real Estate
Christina Angle
Michelle Cantrell
Marco Denis
John Griesemer
Patrick Murney
Tom Rankin
Debbie Shantz Hart
Stephanie Stenger

John Oke-Thomas

Amaka “Coach Mox” Agugua-Hamilton
J. Timothy Cloyd, Ph.D.
Dana Ford
Dr. Hal Higdon
Dr. Grenita Lathan
Bobby Petrino
H. Wes Pratt
Clif Smart

Finance & Banking
Joselyn Baldner
Shaun A. Burke
Paula Dougherty
John Everett
Randy Johnson
Doug Neff
Gary Schafer
Joe Turner

Food & Beverage
Shawn Askinosie
Lyle Foster
Sam Hamra
Sally Hargis
Andy Kuntz
Teresa McGeehan
Jeff Schrag
James Tillman

Teresa Coyan
C.J. Davis
Steve Edwards
Brent Hubbard
Craig McCoy

Tim Connell
Trevor Crist
Gordon Kinne
Richard Ollis

David Agee
Crista Hogan
Christa B. Moss
Randell Wallace
Dee Wampler*

Bobby Allison
Jerry Cook
John Gentry
Jena Holtberg-Benge
David Moore
Joe Reynolds
Jack Stack

Nonprofit Organizations
Rob Blevins
Erin Danastasio
Hal Donaldson
Brian Fogle
Brandy Harris
Mary Kromrey
Francine Pratt

Public & Elected Officials
Roy Blunt
David Cameron
Jason Gage
Gary Gibson
Lincoln P. Hough
Billy Long
Ken McClure
Matt Morrow
Michael Parson
Crystal Quade
Tim Rosenbury
Paul F. Williams

Audrey Garard
Greg Johnson
Johnny Morris
Abigail Pinegar-Rose
Jeffrey W. Russell

Thomas H. Douglas
David Foss
Doug Pitt

Travel & Tourism
Gordon Elliott
Jack Herschend
Peter Herschend
Mary Kellogg-Joslyn
Billy McQueary
John McQueary
Karen McQueary
Tim O’Reilly
Dan Reiter
Megan Stack
Brad Thomas
Craig Wescott

*Before Dee Wampler’s death, he was selected for the 2021 Biz 100 by the Biz 417 editorial and advisory boards.

The Biz 100 Party presented by SumnerOne


When: November 10, 6 p.m.
Where: Reliable BMW (3500 E. Sunshine St., Springfield)