BKD LLP promoted Gabbie McCollum, Meg Meystrik and David Schoenhoff to senior associate positions. McCollum and Meystrik work in the firm’s National Health Care Group, and Schoenhoff is in the National Financial Services Group. McCollum, who has a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University, focused on community health center clients. Meystrik, with a bachelor’s in business administration from St. Louis University, focuses on long-term care and hospice clients. Schoenhoff is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration, as well as a master’s in accounting.
Banking & Finance
Legacy Bank and Trust made three new hires: Dustin Royster as senior vice president and director of Small Business Administration lending, Kylee Brown as senior credit analyst, and Kelly Anderson as vice president of corporate and private banking. Royster, who has a bachelor’s in finance from MSU, has 16 years of industry experience and currently serves on the Rural Missouri Inc./SBA 504 loan committee and the board for the Republic Area Chamber of Commerce. Brown has seven years of banking experience and previously worked for Central Bank of the Ozarks as a loan review specialist. Anderson spent the past 14 years in the nonprofit sector, working for the Hamels Foundation for six years.
Nixa High School student Sophia Jackson was one of 15 students statewide to receive an Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Bar. The award denotes leadership in civic service to the community.
Mike Miller, a retired chief financial officer for the Associated Electric Cooperative, was elected treasurer of the Greene County Democratic Central Committee, succeeding AJ Million. Miller will serve out Million’s term through August, at which time he will be eligible for re-election. Miller also worked as vice president of finance for Silver Dollar City and retired in 2010.
The city of Branson named Jeff Matthews as police chief, effective in early April. Currently working as deputy chief of the Arlington Police Department in Texas, he has 33 years of law enforcement experience.
The city of Springfield named Errin Kemper, assistant director of Environmental Services, as director of the department to succeed the retiring Steve Meyer. Kemper worked as assistant director since 2013, previously serving as a professional engineer with the city for a decade.
Jon Mooney was named assistant director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. He started with the department in May 2013 as administrator of chronic disease prevention. Mooney previously worked for eight years at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center.
The Springfield Art Museum earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Of some 33,000 facilities nationwide, only 1,070 gained the accreditation.
The Greene County 31st Circuit Court’s Juvenile Court was recognized for a fifth time with a Permanency Award by the Missouri Supreme Court. The distinction honors the local court’s 100 percent success rate to place abused and neglected children in permanent homes in 2017.
The first of SBJ's forums detailing Economic Growth Survey results is held.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder