D12: Heroes in the house

Emily Letterman, Features Editor

Superman, Iron Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Batman and Batgirl walk into a room. The start of a hilariously nerdy joke or reality at last night’s Springfield Business Journal Dynamic Dozen event?

Maybe a little of both.

The DoubleTree Hotel played host to the superhero-themed event with more than 230 people in attendance – including a couple cardboard versions of our favorite crime fighters.

Hosted by our own Dynamic Duo of Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens and City Manager Greg Burris, the night honored 12 superheroes we can all relate to a little easier – local businesses.

 

City leaders by day, crime fighters by night.

City leaders by day, crime fighters by night.

Counting down from 12 to one, last night’s winners were:

  • No. 12 – Burgess Aircraft Management LLC
  • No. 11 – Citizens Memorial Healthcare
  • No. 10 – Jack Henry & Associates Inc.
  • No. 9 – Build LLC
  • No. 8 – Red Monkey Foods
  • No. 7 – Marlin Network Inc.
  • No. 6 – JMark Business Solutions Inc.
  • No. 5 – Everything Kitchens LLC
  • No. 4 – Prime Inc.
  • No. 3 – MaMa Jean’s Natural Foods Market LLC
  • No. 2 – CoxHealth

And the No. 1 company, drum roll please………

  • No. 1 – Integrity Pharmacy LLC

For the second year in a row, Integrity has topped the dozen and they couldn’t have been happier about it.

BOOM!

BOOM!

While there can only be one No. 1 company, the room had a special feeling of accomplishment last night. It didn’t matter what place their company landed on the list, the accomplishment was making the list at all. Posting year-over-year revenue growth for three years straight as the country climbs out of recession is a monumental feat – one fit for a superhero.

Last night’s 12 companies – and five individual honorees, Jim Anderson, Lisa Odom, Glenda DeFontes, Laura Gates and Eric Claussen – are Ozarks superheroes. They produce products and provide services we need, they impact our local economy and provide thousands of local jobs.

They may not have saved New York from an alien invasion, but they do something infinitely more important – they keep the Ozarks running.

Kudos to all the winners last night from everyone at SBJ – you are our heroes.

Reporter’s Notebook
There were tears, hugs, handshakes, praise and many thanks. There was a sense of accomplishment and a sense of humility. Gratitude, pride and that feeling you get when you know you are part of something special. I would have been happy just taking my picture with Captain America, but the night turned out to be so much more.

Despite the dying battery on my iPhone5 – I can’t wait for the 6 to be released – I stayed true to my style and captured the night via smartphone photos.

The view of the crowd from the 10th floor was amazing. Thanks to the security guard who took me up in the elevator.

The view of the crowd from the 10th floor was amazing. Thanks to the security guard who took me up in the elevator.

The décor was some of my favorite yet. #nerdalert

The décor was some of my favorite yet. #nerdalert

flash

The sweet sounds of The Norman Jackson Band filled the atrium during the social hour. They were fab.

The sweet sounds of The Norman Jackson Band filled the atrium during the social hour. They were fab.

As usual, the DoubleTree eats were delish. The spinach dip was my fav.

As usual, the DoubleTree eats were delish. The spinach dip was my fav.

SBJ tested out a new idea, ala One Million Cups events, with a live Twitter feed during the evening. The official hashtag was #SBJD12 and people loved it.

SBJ tested out a new idea, ala One Million Cups events, with a live Twitter feed during the evening. The official hashtag was #SBJD12 and people loved it.

Publisher’s daughter Lexi Jackson and friend Nick were SBJ’s official social media assistants for the evening, lending Web Editor Geoff Pickle and I a hand as they live tweeted the winners.

Publisher’s daughter Lexi Jackson and friend Nick were SBJ’s official social media assistants for the evening, lending Web Editor Geoff Pickle and I a hand as they live tweeted the winners.

In the spirit of the evening, I snapped a few photos of the staff with our favorite heroes.

Our fearless leader Jennifer Jackson and the Man of Steel.

Our fearless leader Jennifer Jackson and the Man of Steel.

Graphic Design Anne Mauldin and her best serious Dark Knight face.

Graphic Design Anne Mauldin and her best serious Dark Knight face.

Reporter Brian Brown and Wonder Woman.

Reporter Brian Brown and Wonder Woman.

Web editor Pickle and his idol.

Web editor Pickle and his idol.

And it turns out I got my wish after all.

Hey Cap, how you doing? #sodreamy

Hey Cap, how you doing? #sodreamy

 

For more photos from the event, check our online gallery. Also, tag yourself on our Facebook gallery.

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