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BKD LLP hired Mike Gonsalves as a senior consultant II and Debbie Bennett as a tax associate. Gonsalves completed a bachelor’s in business administration from Robert Morris University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Bennett has a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Emily Koepke and Jamie Lee joined BKD as consultants. Koepke is graduating soon from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s in agricultural finance, and Lee earned a bachelor’s in business management from College of the Ozarks.
Banking & Finance
Shawn Clemens joined Central Bank of Branson as a commercial loan officer. He is a graduate of College of the Ozarks with several years of experience in the banking industry.
The Enactus team of Southwest Baptist University earned its 33rd regional championship title. The team now moves on to the May 20-22 national exposition in Kansas City.
Ozark School District Superintendent Kevin Patterson was nominated for a Robert L. Pearce Award from the Missouri Association of School Administrators, honoring his work and dedication to Missouri children. Patterson also was awarded an honorary lifetime membership to the association.
The American Society of Civil Engineers chose GeoEngineers Inc. principal Jonathan Robison to lead an industry task force developing a manual for trenchless direct-pipe procedures. A licensed engineer in 15 states, he has provided geotechnical, trenchless, geohazard, construction and geophysical project management since 1997.
Bill Skains was elected to the Branson Board of Aldermen, replacing Ward 1 Alderman Mike Booth. Skains is chairman of the Missouri Workforce Development Board and also serves with the Missouri Community College Association. Booth had served the Branson board for nine years.
Betsy Seay and Rick Castillon also were sworn in to the Branson Board of Aldermen after running unopposed.
Dallas County became a certified work-ready community with the Missouri Job Center. The program focuses on current workforce needs and helps reduce gaps in needed worker skills, in addition to streamlining education-to-workforce development.
Heather Lyons-Burney, a dispensary pharmacist at Faith Community Health in Branson, won a Jefferson Award from KOLR10 as part of a national program to honor volunteers who offer their time and expertise without seeking recognition.
Gordon Elliott, CEO of Elliott Lodging Ltd. and Oak Ridge Real Estate Co., was chosen for the 2018 Excellence in Business Award from Ozarks Technical Community College. He owns and operates 22 hotels and 15 apartment communities throughout southwest Missouri. Elliott is also a founding partner of accounting firm Elliott, Robinson & Co.
Whitney Jackson, a multiple-lines agent with insurer American National, opened a new company office in Billings. She has four years of insurance industry experience.
Columbia-based Connection Exchange hired Stephanie Grandestaff as director of community connections in Springfield. Connection Exchange is a business-to-business welcoming service and a membership-based tool for developing business leads.
Ozark-based men’s substance abuse treatment campus Synergy Executive opened for patients; Old Missouri Bank's sixth full-service branch launched; and Maritime set sail as a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Elizabeth Brooks, Owner of Springfield Riding Club, says when she started her business, she knew about horses and farming, but should have known more about how hay production affects her bottom …
Megan Ellis, Marketing Consultant at Frank & Maven, teaches yoga because she loves the lifestyle and the peace it brings to her busy life. Ellis says many of the instructors at her studio teach full …
“We have to be very creative — it’s not as simple as just saying, ‘Hey, we need money and would you like to give us some?’ It becomes very specific and helping an individual or a business …
“You buy it Monday and it’s outdated Tuesday. We’re looking at lighting grids for our facility and some of the first LED technology that was so hot a year ago is now obsolete, so what do you …
“When you finally find that balance, you definitely don’t want to go back the other direction,” says Will Carter, Marketing Officer for Central Trust Company. Carter says he learned that taking …
Terry Bloodworth, owner and operator of Springfield Hot Glass Studio, says it’s an absolute necessity for entrepreneurs to be educated in business. Bloodworth says he has a good business manager, …
Are you looking for reasons why you aren’t achieving your business goals? Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, says to make sure you’re addressing …
“A lot of times I would just assume that they would know what I expected of them, or what I had in mind,” says Lauren Brown, Co-owner of Neighbor’s Mill Bakery and Cafe. Brown says she …
“It’s a big deal and it’s working, but it’s because we’re all working together and collaborating through all the different elements,” says Heather Hardinger, Director of Workforce …
Jason Gage, City Manager for the City of Springfield, says there is much to be learned by listening to others. This allows you to learn facts, perspectives, and use them to make the best decision. …