Banking and Finance Monte McNew was promoted to president at Springfield First Community Bank, where he’s worked since 2014. McNew previously served as executive vice president over the commercial lending team.
OakStar Bank hired Doug Page as senior vice president and loan officer. A graduate of Upper Iowa University, he has over 30 years of banking experience.
Croley Insurance and Financial Services added Todd Gregory as an investment adviser representative. His company, Gregory Financial, is partnering with Croley Insurance to make investment advice services available.
Drury University appointed Wendy Flanagan as vice president of marketing and communications. She comes from working two decades at FleishmannHillard, where she served as executive vice president and general manager.
The TownePlace Suites Springfield received nine 2016 Marriott Brand Awards, winning all eight honors in the customer service categories as well as the 2016 Chairman’s Award.
Penmac Staffing Services Inc. promoted Alyssa Ludwig to controller in the corporate accounting department and Sherry Barto to logistics director in education staffing. Ludwig’s last five years at the company have been spent as accounting manager, and Barto was instrumental in Penmac’s substitute teaching program, serving as education staffing coordinator. Both positions were newly created.
Insurance Millennium Brokers LLC joined Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a group of over 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois. Owned by Matt Phillips and Brandon Thompson, Millennium Brokers is a full-service insurance agency founded in 2016.
Media and Communications
Folio: Top Women in Media named Logan Aguirre, president and associate publisher of Whitaker Publishing, an honoree in the Corporate Visionaries category. The awards recognize progress either in the industry or at their companies through revenue or audience growth, brand extensions, product launches, business transformation or thought leadership.
Stefanie Nentrup joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as events and promotions coordinator. She previously served as brand ambassador of Market Source, and also worked for Springfield Music and Children’s Miracle Network.
Whitaker Publishing received two Niche Media awards: one for company culture at 417 Magazine and another for the event launch of Biz 417’s Think Summit in January.
Clear Entertainment and Marketing Group in Branson received 14 awards from the American Advertising Federation for photography, web design, graphic design and ad layout. The agency earned seven gold ADDY awards, five silvers and the judges’ choice.
Downtown Springfield Association hired Lillian Stone as communication manager and Bethany Bell as event manager. Previously employed by 417 Magazine, Stone handles DSA’s branding and cooperative marketing as well as social media platforms. Bell, a previous public relations and social media manger at Deep Group Advertising, coordinates community events, such as ArtsFest, Cider Days and Taste of SoMo.
Sales and Service
Brookline Doorworks received a 5-star rating as well as the Ruby Award from garage door manufacturer C.H.I. Overhead Doors. The ratings considered service, conduct, reputation, accreditation and commitment, while the Ruby status represents the second-highest level of sales among C.H.I. dealers.
Candida Deckard, one of Springfield Business Journal’s Most Influential Women and the Director of Human Resources and Safety at CNH Industrial Reman, says you need to carefully consider the consequences before you quit your job.
Booked - Life-Changing Experience
Jim Anderson, former Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at CoxHealth, says while technically not business-related, his favorite book focuses on what’s really important in life.
90 Ideas - Jonathan Putnam
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Surround Yourself with Strong Women Leaders
Brooke Bigham is the owner of EOS LLC and one of Springfield Business Journal's Most Influential Women. She says one of her best leadership decisions has been surrounding herself with experts. “I …