Associate attorney Casey Chasteen is a guiding hand to clients on their best and worst days – and has been doing so at Law Offices of Randy L. Smith LLC for the past decade.
Practicing trust and estate administration, she compassionately assists clients following a family death. Chasteen also helps businesses solve problems, fulfill dreams and get started in the Queen City.
Off the clock, she is a proud, nine-year member of Junior League of Springfield, where she is management director. The Saint Louis University School of Law graduate also is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Springfield.
What was your first job? Server at Steak ‘n Shake. I was truly horrible.
What was your professional aha moment? To truly be good at your job and do great work for your clients, you must be confident in your own knowledge and abilities.
What did you learn the hard way? It is a much better use of your time and talents to focus on your strengths and leveraging the things you are already good at, rather than to try to turn something at which you are mediocre into a strength.
What’s your most treasured possession? My Missouri Bar card. It’s funny how much time, effort and money that small plastic card represents.
What app gets you through the day? Podcasts. An eclectic mix of law, true crime, “Bachelor” franchise and celebrity podcasts.
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Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.