D12 showcases Springfield spirit, generosity

Emily Letterman, Features Editor
If you followed the hashtag #SBJD12 on Twitter last night, you shared in the excitement. If you didn’t, you missed one heck of a party.

The DoubleTree Hotel played host to more than 200 people for the 2015 Springfield Business Journal Dynamic Dozen awards honoring the area’s fastest growing companies and the individuals who drive growth across the region. The game-show themed night included audience trivia from emcee Eldon Combs, host of “The Trivia King Show” on Jock 98.7 FM, music from “The Price is Right” and a countdown of businesses from 12 to one.

The night’s top honor went to Phoenix Home Care Inc., who tallied 159 percent growth and 2014 revenue of $37.6 million. Owner and President Phil Melugin took time at the podium to thank their clients and his staff, but he also mentioned multiple businesses that helped his company along the way.

Phil Melugin and staff

Phil Melugin and staff

The sentiment was the underlying second theme of the night. Beyond the “Family Feud” countdown, survey said Springfield businesses support one another. They know if one succeeds, they all have a better chance to succeed.

The night also included individual honors to people such as Leah Ann Iaguessa, Penmac Staffing Services Inc.’s chief financial officer who fought back tears as she took the stage. And new this year, the Judge’s Choice award recognized a company’s philanthropic efforts in the community. JMark Business Solutions Inc. claimed the inaugural honor.

The final winner of the night was charity partner Southwest Center for Independent Living. Through audience donations and a silent auction, more than $1,100 was raised for the organization.

For a complete list of winners, read today’s Daily Update. For more on all the honorees, check out their profiles in the May 18 issue.

Reporter’s Notebook
No post-event blog would be complete without my behind-the-scenes view and a handful of iPhone photos.

The stage was set and ready for action.

The stage was set and ready for action.

A fan favorite, here’s the evening’s hors d’oeuvre spread. The spinach artichoke dip looks blob-like here, but it was delish.

A fan favorite, here’s the evening’s hors d’oeuvre spread. The spinach artichoke dip looks blob-like here, but it was delish.

This photo bomb from Metropolitan National Bank’s Michal Moss Early is my favorite photo of the night.

“Did I make it in the shot?” she asked.

“Oh, yeah, that’s going in the blog,” I replied.

MichaelMossEarly

Sitting alone in the dark corner, the night’s presentation was coordinated by Web Editor Geoff Pickle.

Sitting alone in the dark corner, the night’s presentation was coordinated by Web Editor Geoff Pickle.

From my front-row seat, I attempted to capture this panoramic image of the night’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams as they await the verdict.

From my front-row seat, I attempted to capture this panoramic image of the night’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams as they await the verdict.

The night wouldn’t be complete without an Ellen Oscar-style selfie with my friend, Zac Rantz. I’ve know then communications director for Nixa Public Schools nearly a decade, since I first started as an education reporter for the Christian County Headliner News. Tonight, the judges selected him for the Top Local Marketing Professional award.

selfie

For more professional photos from the event, view the gallery on at SBJ.net.

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