Ryan Sivill worked his way up in a short time frame at BKD LLP. In 10 years, Sivill has taught internal training courses and aided in recruitment. He became the audit department head in 2016 as the second nonpartner to hold the title. He’s led BKD’s southern Missouri commercial unit in challenges to help meet goals and create efficiencies.
He says his work is about people, and one of his top goals is to be a model of a successful professional, husband and father.
At age 20, he was appointed student governor to the Missouri State University Board of Governors by then Gov. Matt Blunt.
Sivill serves on the Leadership Council for The Network and participates in MSU’s College of Business mentor program.
What was your professional aha moment? In managing a team, we have to help our people be successful outside of the office to unlock their greatest potential in the office.
What is your theme song? “The Scotsman,” the MSU fight song.
Have you ever met a celebrity? Clif Smart (my Twitter idol), Dana Ford (the man leading the Bears back to the promised land) and Justin Timberlake (his bodyguards yelled at us when we tried to take his picture on our honeymoon.)
What app gets you through the day? Twitter. (@rsivill – instant news, sports, opinions, sarcasm and showing off my beautiful daughters in 280 characters or less.)
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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.