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Newsmakers: July 9-15, 2018

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Banking
Arvest Bank hired Rusty Meyer as a business development representative in Branson. He previously worked as a risk adviser for Ollis/Akers/Arney and a resource development director for Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks.

Mid-Missouri Bank promoted Coleton Cloud to a commercial and personal lender. He previously served as a credit review analyst at the bank’s operations center. With six years in the industry, Cloud is a graduate of the Missouri Bankers Association School of Lending.

Education
College of the Ozarks
ranked No. 1 in the Top 20 Most Affordable Small Colleges by Student Loan Hero. The list compared tuition, fees and average student debt at schools with no more than 500 graduates annually.

Springfield Public Schools hired Andre Illig as principal of Cherokee Middle School. Currently principal of Los Osos Middle School in San Luis Obispo, California, he has eight years of administrative experience and holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from San Diego State University, as well as a K-12 principal/administrative licensure from Hamline University. Illig succeed Bill Power, who was named Kickapoo High principal.

Springfield Board of Education member Alina Lehnert earned advanced certification in the Missouri School Boards’ Association Certified Board Member program at the 2018 MSBA Leadership Summit. She completed an extra 12 hours of training, read two books related to school board service, attended at least two MSBA regional or statewide events, and wrote a brief reflection paper.

Springfield Public Schools received the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence Award with an approval rating of 97.4 percent during the annual state inspection. SPS maintains a 155-bus fleet.

Nixa Public Schools received the Golden Achievement Award from the National School Public Relations Association for its QuickNews TV program. The biweekly video program had 290,363 views in the 2017-18 school year, up from 2,976 views in 2013-14.

Municipal
Branden Surgnier
was hired as public information officer for the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. He previously worked in marketing for BKD LLP and recently graduated with a master’s in communication from Drury University.

Nonprofit
Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast appointed Bill Squires of SMC Electric as president, succeeding Lori Barnes Miller of Drury University. Other new appointees are President-elect Patrick Harrington of Davis Properties, Secretary Bill White of Bill White Insurance Agency, Treasurer Kelly Danielson of Zynergy Financial Group, and board members Chelsey Bode, Brandon Dake, Robin Gann, Lisa Odom and Rusty Worley.

Missouri Enterprise added Mark Harper, of Springfield, to its board of directors. Harper joins newly elected board Chairman Tom Brown of Brewer Science Inc. in Rolla and board member Sean Siebert of Invent Yourself LLC in Cuba.

Junior League of Springfield installed its 2018-19 officers and board members: Tammy Dixon, president; Nikki Holden, president-elect; Bridget Lovelle, secretary; Courtney Hayes, treasurer; Casey Chasteen, management director; Sheila Lundberg, sustainer director; Carrie Brown, nominating chair; and Catherine Bass-Black, Kim Garwitz, Katie Moore, Lori Murawski, Allison Robertson, Amie Squibb and Susie Turner, at-large members.

Sales
Stanley Security Solutions Inc. hired Carla Ruark as a senior security sales consultant in the Springfield area. She has 10 years of consultative sales experience, most recently for Pitt Technology Group.

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