Arts Caitlin Kissee joined Springfield Ballet as business affairs manager. She works with the Springfield Arts Collaborative Endowment Campaign and the Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative, which is part of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Kissee earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management at Drury University, and has worked as a marketing coordinator for Whitaker Publishing.
Education College of the Ozarks was recognized for its collective community service with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is C of O’s fifth consecutive year on the list, and it joins 14 other colleges and universities in Missouri. Community projects include the 30 Hour Famine, in which students live without food or adequate shelter for 30 hours to raise money for world hunger, and Vapur Effect, organized by Students in Free Enterprise, which uses the sale of reusable Vapur-brand bottles to raise proceeds for housing and education of the area’s homeless population.
Financial Empire Bank promoted Sandy Jensen to vice president and commercial banking services manager. She manages the commercial banking services department, electronic banking, wires, automated clearing house and merchant card services. Jensen holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Drury University and has more than 30 years of experience at Empire.
Andy West joined Peoples Bank of the Ozarks as assistant vice president of credit review. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri State University and 10 years of banking experience.
Matt McClean was promoted to managing consultant at BKD Wealth Advisors LLC. With bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration, McClean has worked in public accounting for more than nine years.
Government The Springfield Police Department’s child’s victim unit was named Investigative Unit of the Year by the Missouri State Investigators Association. Led by Sgt. Mark Deeds, who is retiring after 25 years of service, Cpls. Fred Beck, Eric Reece, Steve Schwind and Nathan Thomas, have carried roughly 460 cases of crimes against children each year.
The Missouri Association of Workforce Development named Jaydeen Miller of the Missouri Career Center in Springfield the Workforce Development Professional of the Year.
Media Foodchannel.com Editor in Chief Kay Logsdon spoke on food trends and blog writing at the American Society of Journalists and Authors 40th Annual Writers Conference in New York City.
Services Bug Zero owner Ivan Eftink and manager Michael Woodring received accreditation as Associated Certified Entomologists from the Entomological Society of America. Eftink and Woodring demonstrated knowledge in pest biology, control products and applicable laws and regulations.
LCS Kleen-Aire was one of 65 recipients of the 2010 Safety Award from the HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association. This is the third consecutive year and fourth year overall that LCS Kleen-Aire received the award for its work to ensure the safety of employees and clients. The award is based on standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Traditional Bakery Inc./Oklahoma City Bakery Inc. promoted Brian Camey of Springfield as president and chief operating officer for its combined franchise organization over 30 Panera Bread bakery cafes in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Camey worked previously as executive vice president and chief financial officer.[[In-content Ad]]
The Harvard Business Review finds more than 75% of brands have a dedicated budget for influencer marketing, and a study from social media resource Influencer Marketing Hub said the industry is expected to grow $21.1 billion this year.