Visionary. Tenacious. Innovative. These are just a few words that describe our 2018 list of the most powerful and influential business leaders in 417-land. This year, you’ll find 17 new faces—including Person of the Year, Gov. Mike Parson—and discover new achievements by our returning honorees. Consider this your guidebook to making connections in southwest Missouri’s business community.
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. 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.