BKD LLP promoted Sam Schriver to senior consultant II in BKD’s forensics and valuation services division. He has a master of accountancy, bachelor’s in accounting and a certificate in forensic accounting from Missouri State University.
Revel Advertising won 11 Addy awards at the American Advertising Awards ceremony at Downstream Casino Resort. The company received five silvers, five golds and the Judges Award for its black walnut packaging for Hammons Product Co.
BRP Architects added George Mandrik as an architect. He has experience designing banks and residential, health care and educational facilities in southwest Missouri. A Ukraine native, Mandrik is a LEED green associate and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Banking and Finance
Guaranty Bank promoted Nick Lofaro to chief information officer. He joined the bank in 2014 as vice president and chief technology officer and has 25 years’ experience as an information technology professional and 16 years of banking experience. Lofaro retains his CTO duties for the bank.
Achieve Private Wealth adviser Paula Dougherty qualified for Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.’s Circle of Success annual recognition program. She has 23 years of experience with Ameriprise.
NewStream Enterprises LLC added James Christian as information technology manager. He is responsible for aligning IT polices and procedures to the goals of the business, as well as providing IT infrastructure and tools to NSE employees. Christian also has served as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years.
Mercy Hospital Springfield received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The CMS rating considers 100 measures from seven categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness and effective use of medical imaging. Less thsn 7 percent of hospitals nationwide earn this distinction.
The Leapfrog Group named Mercy as a top hospital and awarded it an “A” grade for patient safety. The group is a national nonprofit that surveys hospital performance.
Arrow Insurance Group LLC owner Andy Ebbrecht was named to the 2019 Elite Circle of Champions by CMS. He enrolled more than 400 clients into the marketplace during the 2019 open enrollment period.
J. Miles Sweeney was accepted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an association of alternative dispute resolution professionals. Through his Judicial ADR Group LLC, Sweeney has performed over 400 mediations and arbitrations since his 2007 retirement from the Greene County Circuit Court bench.
Tri-Lakes United Way presented more than $25,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations in Stone and Taney counties: Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, Christian Action Ministries, The Crisis Center, Dignity Now, Faith Community, Gift of Hope Inc., Jesus Was Homeless Inc., The Salvation Army-Branson, Stone County Health Department and Taney Hills Community Library.
Paperwise Inc. received the Enterprise Technology of the Year Award at Biz 417’s annual Excellence in Technology Awards. The company was nominated for its cloud-based Rhooster platform, which is slated for launch later this year.
The Doula Foundation of Mid-America Inc. moved; Steve Albrecht opened Dr. Steve Albrecht Coaching Services; and Common Sleep LLC got its start.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.