Banking and Finance
Chris Vinton joined Central Bank of Branson’s eight-member board of directors. He is the president and owner of Vinton Commercial Realty and operated the Blue Velvet Theatre for 10 years.
Doug Neff, chairman and CEO of Commerce Bank’s southwest Missouri region, was elected as senior vice president of the holding company and named to its executive management committee. With 28 years of banking experience, he started his career in 1991 with Commerce and in 2013 moved to the Springfield market, where he recently also was named director of community market strategy.
Mark McGehee was named executive director of human resources for Nixa Public Schools, effective July 1. Succeeding the retiring Kathy Whitworth, McGehee is currently the head principal at Nixa High School and has been with the district since 2000. Whitworth has worked 40 years in education, including 16 years in Nixa.
The Ozark School District named Anna Thurman as East Elementary principal and Stacie Wood as Ozark High School assistant principal. Thurman had been assistant principal at South Elementary since 2013 and Wood has been teaching sixth grade English language arts in Ozark since 2004.
The National Speech & Debate Association recognized New Covenant Academy as a charter member, the highest honor from the group. The school has earned more than 50 degrees for outstanding participation in speech and debate competitions, community service and leadership over the last three years.
Missouri State University received the doctoral/professional universities classification from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. MSU formerly held the master’s colleges and universities classification. The university offers doctoral programs in audiology, nurse anesthesia and nursing practices, educational leadership and pharmacy.
The Greater Springfield Board of Realtors issued its annual awards: Doug Collins of Re/Max House of Brokers, Broker of the Year; Andy Trussell of Murney Associates LLC, Salesperson of the Year; Pamela Long of Pamela Long Appraisal Services, the Margaret Martin Cooperative Spirit Award; Laura Duckworth of HouseKey Flat Fee Realty, Rookie of the Year; Isabelle Jimenez Walker and Todd Thomas of Eagle Management & Realty 1 LLC, the Kirk Hewitt Community Champion Award; Brandee Massey of Keller Williams, Women’s Council of Realtors Member of the Year; Dani Stoddard of Great American Title Co., Affiliate of the Year and WCR Strategic Partner of the Year; and Michael Jacques of The Jacques Co. and Jimenez, the 2018 GSBOR Life Member inductees.
CoStar Group recognized four Springfield firms and eight brokers for its Power Broker Awards. The data and analytics company named SVN/Rankin Co. and Wilhoit Properties Inc. as top leasing firms, and Jared Commercial Real Estate LLC and SVN/Rankin as top sales firms. Mike Fusek of SVN/Rankin was named a top office leasing broker, top retail leasing broker and top sales broker, and Lee McClean of SVN/Rankin was named as a top industrial leasing broker.
Ken Schwab of Wilhoit Properties was named a top office leasing broker and top retail leasing broker. Patrick Harrington of Warren Davis Properties LLC was named a top industrial leasing broker, with David Havens of Jared Commercial rewarded as top sales broker.
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.