The Barons is a 35-year-old organization founded by Ralph Slavens, John Q. Hammons, Sam Hamra, Dewayne Holden, and Jim Hagale many of Springfield’s finest individuals. The Barons was by invitation only by the original founding members. Their tenet was to come together with once a month, with one purpose in mind, “To make Springfield a better place to live, raise a family, and to thrive”. This tenet was distilled into these 4 qualities listed below. Springfieldian of like-minded people who enjoy, camaraderie, and a very special “esprit de corp” as we continue to champion our great community!