2013 Book of Lists fresh off the press

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorAnother year and another wrap-up of business news covered. One of the facets of our newsroom production is the annual Book of Lists, a compilation of the weekly lists researched and published each week in Springfield Business Journal and at SBJ.net/lists.

The 2013 edition is unveiled tonight at SBJ’s annual Top of the List celebration with some 250 businesspeople at the Tower Club on the 21st floor of Hammons Tower.

The cover of the book, which will be mailed to subscribers next week, features artwork by the late Robert E. Smith that hangs in the office of CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards.

As we edited and prepared the 2013 Book of Lists, news bits kept popping off the list pages, reminding me of the news that consistently flows out of the lists throughout the year. I’ve compiled the top data to come out of the lists in 2012:

  • A series of mergers is changing the credit union landscape in the list on p. 40. Southwest Missouri Credit Union joined CU Community Credit Union to create an $87 million asset institution, and Greater Ozarks Community Credit Union merged with BluCurrent Credit Union to pool together more than $145 million in assets. As well, Foundation Credit Union, the No. 5 institution on the list with $67 million in 2011 assets, changed its name from Springfield Teachers Credit Union and moved into its first stand-alone branch.
  • The city’s largest hospital systems traded spots atop the largest employers list on p. 24. With nearly 800 more employees, CoxHealth moved to the No. 1 position at 7,986 employed, followed by the rebranded Mercy Springfield Communities at 7,421 employees as of June.
  • The banks list on p. 32 made history – for the first time, two banks each topped $1 billion in deposits in the Springfield metropolitan statistical area. With $1.16 billion and $1.11 billion in deposits, respectively, Great Southern Bank and Commerce Bank etched their names in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s local deposit market share history books.
  • The name of one bank owner is missing from the banks list. Ozark Bank owner and chairwoman emeritus Chlorene Hedgpeth died Dec. 24 at the age of 94. Hedgpeth took over the 112-year-old bank when her husband died in 1975, and her son, John Hedgpeth II, continues the family legacy as chairman and CEO.
  • In a banner year for Marlin Network, the advertising agency overtook Noble on the top spot of the p. 10 list and it beat out its top Springfield competitor in a national search by the food-service division of multibillion-dollar international company Unilever. In addition to becoming Unilever Food Solutions’ agency of record, Marlin Network’s CEO, Dennis Marlin, was recognized in SBJ’s Men of the Year program and the agency was honored in the 2012 Economic Impact Awards and the inaugural Business Class program.
  • The Killian Group bounced back in 2011 to post $103 million in billings – nearly triple its 2010 billings of $37.8 million during a down construction market, according to the p. 15 list. Killian’s construction backlog includes the Farmer’s Park mixed-use development in southeast Springfield.
  • OakStar Bank climbed 11 spots on the SBA Lenders list on p. 38. With 19 U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans valued at $11 million – up from just $2 million in 2010 – OakStar moved to fourth from 15th. Liberty Bank still dominates the field with 156 SBA loans worth $55 million in 2011.
  • Among the highest-paid CEOs of publicly traded companies on p. 22, O’Reilly Automotive CEO Greg Henslee took a 25 percent pay cut to move him out of the top spot, while Guaranty Federal Bancshares CEO Shaun Burke’s salary held steady between 2011 and 2010. The CEO’s respective companies posted net income in 2011.

We welcome 2013 and another year of news-producing data gathering. Editorial Researcher Kim Schumer is anxious to work with you to collect information about your business.

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