Charles Evans is a creative innovator identifying methods to improve systems for both his co-workers and clients. As senior manager of technology transformation at AECI, Evans focuses on ensuring the systems used by the company work most efficiently. For his efforts, he was awarded the AECI Excel Award for redesigning transmission studies.
The Pensacola Christian College graduate also is co-founder and chief operating officer of MetaMythic LLC, where the team assists businesses to decipher the intricate world of cybersecurity. The startup has earned several awards since its founding in 2014.
What was your first job? A paperboy. I woke up early every day to meet guaranteed delivery of 6 a.m. through the rain, snow, sleet, ice and bitter cold.
What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? My wife makes it a family effort. Working with the kids at Rare Breed, befriending the hundreds of refugees in our community, caring for the homeless, mentoring college students, serving at local schools and teaching at our church.
What is your best productivity hack? We need to spend our time very intentionally by putting structure into our day and being fully in every moment.
What was your professional aha moment? I was giving too much focus to investing in my weaknesses. I have begun to embrace the strengths that truly make my leadership unique.
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Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.