YOUR BUSINESS AUTHORITY
Then: Partner and Director of Management Consulting Services Department, BKD LLP’s Southern Missouri Practice
These days, John Wanamaker can be found traversing the country in his recreational vehicle or making the rounds in Europe, though COVID-19 restrictions have hampered those travel plans to some extent.
It’s the perks of retirement for the former BKD managing partner, who exited in 2018 after 34 years with the public accounting firm.
It was a personal decision to step away before BKD’s mandatory retirement age of 62, he says, pointing to the fact that his father died at age 55.
“As you start getting past the age when your dad died, you start worrying a little bit about, ‘Have I spent enough time smelling the roses?’” Wanamaker says.
While he’s now heavily in vacation mode, he still has ties in Springfield. He’s part of the Springfield Good Government Committee and a member of the Missouri State University Foundation Board of Trustees, among other groups.
Urban Studios LLC, a natural light photography studio and pop-up event space, opened; the Missouri State University Foundation became the new owner of event venue The Old Glass Place; and Polk County’s dining scene expanded with the opening of Flat Creek.