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Accounting
Elliott, Robinson & Co. LLP, announced several promotions and new members to its team. J. Willard Gibbs was hired as senior vice president of sales and business consulting, bringing 20 years of sales, financial services, banking and consulting experience. Matthew J. Solidum, CPA, was promoted to partner, and Amanda Kastler, Sherry Williams and Jacob Sanders were promoted to managers. Kevin Yount was promoted to supervisor and earned the certified valuation analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Benjamin Zachary, Matthew Pryor and Jeremy Davis joined the firm as interns.

Development
The Springfield Planning & Zoning Commission selected Shelby Lawhon as 2011 chairman and Matthew Edwards as vice chairman. Lawhon is a claims representative with the Social Security Administration and served on the city’s Personnel Board 2000–04. Edwards is a project manager with Connelly Mechanical Inc.

Education
Gov. Jay Nixon nominated Cassville attorney Donald Cupps to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators, which oversees the operation of the four-campus state system. Cupps earned his bachelor’s in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri and his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law.

Randy Tate, professor of humanities at Evangel University, was selected to serve on the editorial board for a series of encyclopedias from the Oxford University Press. Tate will develop content and read contributor submissions.

Government
Missouri House Reps. Kevin Elmer, R-Nixa; Thomas Long, R-Battlefield; and Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield; were named to the House Majority Whip Team, responsible for assisting the majority whip in rounding up votes on critical issues, communicating policy positions to other members and making sure that parliamentary rules of the House are followed.

Hospitality
The Best Western Music Capital Inn of Branson received the Best Western Chairman’s Award, the hotel chain’s highest honor for quality standards. The award recognizes Best Western International hotels that score in the top 5 percent of all 2,400 North American properties in cleanliness, maintenance, design and customer service.

Nonprofit
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield inducted Jeannette Musgrave, Chuck Bachus and Jeff Hutchens into its Hall of Fame. Musgrave helped fund the construction of the west side unit now known as the Musgrave Unit. Bachus, the co-founder of SMC Packaging Group, was a member of the board of directors, while Hutchens, CEO of Hutchens Industries, is in his 28th year of involvement with the organization.

Greene, Christian and Webster counties’ Continuum of Care will receive $881,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to keep five local homeless assistance programs operational this year. The funding will support The Kitchen, Salvation Army, Housing Authority of Springfield, Harmony House and Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. through the Department of Mental Health.

Service
Tyler Pool completed the Xerox advanced sales training curriculum and was promoted to account manager at Document Solutions of Springfield. Pool assists customers and recommends solutions for equipment and hardware.[[In-content Ad]]

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