BKD LLP promoted James Robertson, Alaina Shaffer, Nicole Troutman and Whitney Wendler to senior managers. Robertson, who holds a master’s in accountancy from Missouri State University, is a member of BKD’s Southern Missouri employee benefit plan team and provides audit services to employee benefit plan clients. Shaffer is a member of BKD’s employee benefit plan audit team and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU. Troutman is a member of BKD National Health Care Group and provides audit services to community health centers, and Wendler is a member of BKD’s Springfield tax team. Troutman and Wendler both hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from MSU.
Banking & Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Claudia Krebaum as an assistant vice president and banking center manager. She has 13 years of managerial and personal banking experience. Krebaum will be responsible for retail sales and operations at the bank’s upcoming East Sunshine branch.
Matthew Suarez, an assistant vice president and portfolio manager for Central Trust Co., earned the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor designation from the National Association of Plan Advisors. He passed the CPFA examination, which covers responsibilities and management of retirement plans.
Heritage Bank of the Ozarks appointed two board directors: Angie Jackson, vice president of Justice Furniture Manufacturing Co., as an outside director, and Lance Boyer, the bank’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, as an inside director.
The Ozark Board of Education hired Kristy Richart as the North Elementary assistant principal for the 2021-22 school year to succeed Morgan Kelly, who was named principal. Richart has worked nearly all of her 20 years in education for Nixa Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from Drury University and a master’s in education administration from Southwest Baptist University.
Evangel University Director of Jazz Studies Joel Griffin was honored posthumously with the 2021 Outstanding Jazz Educator Award by the Missouri Music Educators Association. He served as an associate professor of music and directed jazz studies at Evangel from 2012 until fall 2020, when he died from injuries sustained in an auto accident. A saxophonist, composer and music educator, Griffin held a bachelor’s in saxophone performance from Missouri Southern State University, a master’s in music theory from MSU and a doctorate in music arts in music education from Boston University.
Springfield Public Schools McGregor Elementary Principal Sara Shevchuk was named the principal of Truman Elementary, effective July 1, to succeed the retiring Joellyn Travis. Shevchuk has worked at SPS for 15 years and has a doctorate in educational leadership at SBU.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks hired Kathryn Wall as director of community engagement to succeed the retiring Samuel Pippin. Wall has worked the past seven years as public health information administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and previously as a Springfield News-Leader reporter. With a master’s in public administration-health policy and a bachelor’s in print journalism from MSU, she’s responsible for connecting with BCFO’s outlying communities, forming relationships with donors, health departments, hospitals and clients.
Coryell Collaborative Group hired Kevin Moyer as chief investment officer, a newly created position. He’s responsible for investment selections and forming investment policy, while managing relationships within the institutional capital markets and lenders. Moyer has experience in acquisition, disposition and capital markets for Jack Sitt Real Estate in New York and Simon Group Holdings, a manager of private equity funds.
The Bark Yard dog park and bar concept launched; Charity Fent Cake Design LLC moved; and a pair of business owners collaborated on opening The Hidden Hut LLC.
Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, say the past year has been one of the toughest they have faced. Now in the company's 50th year, the couple says they learned a few things in 2020.
Charlie Rosenbury, president of Self-Interactive, calls on his experience in programming to illustrate lessons he has learned running a business and life in general. Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas is presented by Great Southern Bank.
Darline Mabins talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about growing up after a tragic accident took the lives of her mother and older brother. Mabins is now the regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank. No Ceiling is an SBJ podcast, going in depth with local women, sharing their journey to the top of their professions.
Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, shares the reason behind the business’ name. She says part of the inspiration goes back to a painting her daughter had in her room when she was younger.
Heather Kite, owner of Rooted Deep Farms, relates how she started up her business in the summer of last year. She says it was a long journey, but she is satisfied with the choice she made.
Amy Susan, director of public relations at EquipmentShare, discusses EquipmentShare’s philosophy of design thinking, and how field experience dictates their innovation. Design thinking consists of brainstorming, collaborating, beta testing and a practical implementation of solutions.