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Accounting
Kirkpatrick Phillips & Miller, CPAs PC promoted Jennifer Agnew, Richard Dugas and Rebecca Harmon to managers; Kauleen Volentine and Kevin Ailor to supervisors; and Tyler Creach and Tiffany Miller to seniors.

Tori Nelson joined Davis, Lynn & Moots PC as a staff accountant. Nelson recently graduated from Drury University.

Architecture
Brad Samuels and Jared Younglove joined Paragon Architecture as project managers.

Banking
Tracy Watkins was hired as senior vice president/commercial lender at Arvest Bank. Watkins has 24 years of banking experience and previously worked as senior vice president of commercial loans at Citizens National Bank.

Brandon Fisher was named mortgage loan officer at BancorpSouth. He has more than 10 years of mortgage and banking experience.

Hospitality
Springfield’s Doubletree Hotel, managed by O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC, received the CARE Cup Award from the worldwide Doubletree brand. The award recognizes exceptional performance among Doubletree properties. CARE stands for caring, attentive, responsive and empowered.

Law
Douglas Kays was recognized for 30 years of service with Legal Services of Southern Missouri. Kays served as director of litigation for three years when he began at Legal Services and has served as executive director since 1983.

Attorney Lisha Masters joined the Worsham Law Firm. Masters previously practiced at Pratt, Fossard, Jensen & Masters and has been a member of the American Bar Association and Missouri Bar Association since 1995.

Manufacturing
Askinosie Chocolate’s white chocolate nibble bar was one of five silver finalists in the Outstanding Chocolate category at the 2010 SOFI Awards, which stands for specialty outstanding food innovation. Askinosie Chocolate was a silver finalist in the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade’s awards last year for its San Jose Del Tambo 70 percent dark chocolate bar.

Nonprofit
Kerry and Jil Kistler joined the Springfield Salvation Army as associate corps officers. The Kistlers traveled through 11 states as territorial evangelists for the Salvation Army Central Territory prior to their new positions.

The Rotary Club of Springfield elected its 2010–11 board. The board includes: Tamara de Wild, past president; Miles Sweeney, president; Brenda Logsdon, treasurer; Dwayne Fulk, secretary; and new board members Gerry Catapang and Virginia Mee.

Laura Farmer joined Lutheran Family and Children’s Services as director for the southwest region. Farmer previously worked as the assistant regional director with the Missouri Alliance for Children and Families.

Small Business
The Small Business and Technology Development Center at MSU received $163,900 in financial support from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Youth
Ozarks Regional YMCA received $50,000 from The Sunderland Foundation for water-related improvements at Camp Wakonda in Ash Grove. Funds will replace and relocate the old pool, build a new well and well house, connect the well to current water lines and install a water line to the new pool.

University Child Care Center earned its accreditation renewal from Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth. This is the center’s sixth accreditation renewal since opening in 1973.[[In-content Ad]]

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