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Newsmakers: Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017

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Arts
Rachel Johnson
joined Springfield Regional Arts Council Inc. as director of programs and exhibitions. She returns after serving as director and curator of the Lake Region Heritage Center in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. Prior, Johnson was on the curatorial team at the Springfield Art Museum.

Banking & Financing
Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Jim Nacy to chief financial officer from controller. With a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in business from Drury University, Nacy has 30 years of experience with Central Bancompany.

Prime Capital Investment Advisors LLC added Luke Griffin as a financial adviser. He previously worked as an adviser with Heritage Bank of the Ozarks and has 10 years of experience in estate tax planning and asset management.

Central Bank of the Ozarks named Candace Wu as recipient of its first Diversity Internship and Scholarship. She is studying business management and banking at Missouri State University. The internship is a two-year term.

Communications
Mediacom Communications Corp. promoted Steve Bennett to senior director of area operations for the Springfield area. He has worked with Mediacom for eight years.

Education
Drury University hired Greg Katski as director of marketing for the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. He previously worked as marketing manager for the College of the Arts, Sciences, and Business at Missouri University of Science and technology and electronic communications coordinator for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

U.S. News & World Report recognized Drury University among the top universities in the Midwest in its Best Colleges 2018 publication. The school ranked No. 8 for best value among Midwest regional universities and among the top 10 Midwest regional universities with the highest percentage of international students.

Ozarks Technical Community College
received the most ACT scores from 2017 Missouri high-school graduates out of all community colleges in the state. According to the American College Testing Program, 2,288 graduating students sent their scores to OTC, which ranked 13th among higher education institutions statewide. Missouri State University ranked No. 1 overall, with 12,679 ACT test takers in Missouri choosing MSU as first preference.

Food & Dining
The Missouri State University Darr College of Agriculture brought home five honors from the 11th annual Mid-American Wine Competition for three of its wines. The 2016 Norton and 2016 Chambourcin won gold medals and sweepstakes nominees, and the 2016 Chambourcin Reserve received a silver medal.

Health Care
Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC hired Dr. Tricia Clements as a chiropractic physician and Kelsey Abott as an athletic trainer. Clements graduated from Missouri State University with a biology degree and studied chiropractic at University of Western States. Abott received a bachelor’s in athletic training from Southwest Baptist University and earned her athletic training certification earlier this year.

Kerry Nelson joined Tomo Drug Testing as an account executive responsible for new business development and client relationships. He worked 27 years with the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole.

Law
The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys honored Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, with a 2017 Legislative Champion Award for his efforts on behalf of Missouri’s prosecutors, crime victims and the criminal justice system.

Politics
The Missouri Children’s Leadership Council presented Sen. Bob Dixon and Rep. Crystal Quade with the 2017 #KidsWin award for their work in the Missouri General Assembly. Dixon’s focus was on early childhood education, and Quade’s on helping parents who transition into better paying jobs that end child care benefits.

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