2015 Recipient – Jeff Schrag – Excellence in Business

Jeff Schrag, 48, was born in McPherson, Kan. and graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and social science.

Jeff came to Springfield in 1995 after purchasing the Daily Events legal newspaper. In 2007, he purchased the Pioneer Formal Accessories Co. and is now the largest wholesaler of cufflinks in the United States. In 2011, he created Mother’s Brewing Co., a craft beer company that distributes its products throughout the region and in several states. The company brews its products in the old Butternut Bread Co. facility at the corner of Grant Avenue and Walnut Street.

Jeff is also president of Bareham & Saunders LLC; principal, Squires Properties Inc., Foster-Keen Construction LLC, and CollinCo LLC.

He is the outgoing chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board and is a member of the Missouri Press Association, the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, the City of Springfield TIF Commission, the Missouri Small Brewer’s Guild, the Brewer’s Association Finance Committee, and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks Mission Related Investments Committee.

Excellence in Business Award

Recipients of the Excellence in Business Award are selected based on the following criteria: leader of an Ozarks regional business, entrepreneurial success, innovative business growth, ability to overcome challenges with integrity, supporter of educational development, customer-driven quality, and community achievement.

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