Abacus CPAs LLC hired Emily Buckmaster as supervisor of excellence, a newly created role to support employee growth and development. She has 17 years of experience in professional staff development, career coaching, recruiting and goal setting, most recently as director of career planning and development at Drury University. Buckmaster is on Abacus’ management and administration teams and works closely with department supervisors.
Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective hired Wade Lininger as a senior architect, Morgan Mace as an interior designer, and Jacob Crosby and Dustin Scott as project engineers. Lininger’s been practicing architecture since 1992 and previously worked at Buddy Webb & Co. and Sam A. Winn & Associates. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Drury. With nine years of design experience, Mace holds a master’s in project management and a bachelor’s in interior design from Missouri State University. Crosby holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology, and Scott has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from University of Arkansas.
Banking & Finance
Systematic Savings Bank Vice President and Chief Lending Officer R. Bradley Weaver, of Springfield, was appointed to the State Banking Board and Savings and Loan Board. Among his 40 years working in the finance and banking industries, he’s held the roles of CEO, president and board chairperson for First Home Bank.
The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Taney County Partnership appointed Izze Hughes as economic development programs director. She’s worked with the chamber and TCP since 2018, managing the local work-visa program and leading recruitment missions to Puerto Rico. Hughes holds a bachelor’s in communications from Evangel University.
Annie Boyd Sowell joined the Taney County Partnership as communications and marketing manager. She previously worked as marketing coordinator for Branson.com and interned in Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchison’s office. With a bachelor’s in communications from College of the Ozarks, Sowell manages TCP’s digital platforms and produces content for TaneyCountyParntership.com, OnPointMO.com and ImagineBransonMO.com.
Drury University earned reaccreditation through the Higher Learning Commission following a two-year review. The process occurs every 10 years to examine quality assurance and continuous improvement, and to qualify universities for federal funds for student financial aid. Drury has maintained accreditation since 1915.
Dr. Rachel Brandes joined Ukena Kufahl Brandes Family Dental. She previously worked as a general dentist at Jordan Valley Community Health Center after earning a dental degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. She is a member of the state and national dental associations and the Greater Springfield Dental Society.
With two new buildings under construction – a 144,000-square-foot preengineered metal building and an 8,000-square-foot office building – remanufacturing company SRC Holdings Corp. is expanding its Logistics division.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, offer the Bible as a part of our booked series. The Meinsens discuss how they feel the Bible impacts their perspective on their day to day operations.