Three local executives, three days. Springfield Business Journal’s 2018 Day in the Life series gives you a glimpse into the world of three of our city’s heavy hitters. Their diverse fields of health care, economic development and the arts impact us all. The common thread among those featured is intense passion – for their work, their employees and their community. SBJ’s editorial staff followed them to video shoots, basketball games and dance rehearsals to share their story with you. Here’s what we learned.
—Christine Temple, Features Editor
Day in the Life with Matt Morrow
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Blog: My Day with the Chamber President
Matt Morrow was a busy man May 30. Actually, he’s a busy man most every day on the calendar, as the president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce leads a staff of 27 people. With between 4-8 speaking engagements – not to mention numerous meetings and chamber functions – to attend every week, he might feel as though he sometimes talks for a living.
Day in the Life with Steve Edwards
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Blog: My Day with the Hospital Executive
It takes $3.89 million per day to run Cox South. It’s a figure Steve Edwards casually throws out during a tour of the flagship hospital. The head of the 11,700-employee health system is a stalwart at CoxHealth, where he’s been an employee since 1992; before that, he was a familiar face through his father, the late Charlie Edwards, CoxHealth’s CEO from 1985-1993.
Day in the Life with Beth Domann
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Blog: My Day with the Theater Director
Life’s a stage for Beth Domann. She leads the crew at Springfield Little Theater, where she’s worked for decades. But her roots go back even further. Her first theater performance was on the Landers stage in 1978. Even when she’s not performing, her mannerisms scream theater geek. Domann is embarking on a $2.3 million capital campaign to preserve the historic 109-year-old theater for the next 100 years.
Fueled by her own story of recovery, new NAMI leader Stephanie Appleby is challenging the community to talk about mental illness.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.
One year into opening Ellecor, Haden Long gave birth to her second daughter. The first five months of her life, she was with her constantly at work. "They're why we do this," Long explains.
Brandy Hickman with 2B well & Living Light with Brandy Lane advises to be responsive and authentic with your clients. If you don't, the business will go elsewhere.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, knows he can't always do things as well as somebody else, but he knows if he's done it before successfully he knows he can do it again adapted for the new situation. If you don't believe in yourself nobody else will.
Brandy Hickman with 2B Well & Living Light with Brandy Lane, give you useful tips to help you identify what is causing you stress so you can better engage and enjoy life.