Banking & Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Carolyn Gentry to assistant vice president/retail sales manager. Previously the training manager, she now oversees the bank’s retail sales, service and operations, and assists banking center managers and their teams. She has 20 years of banking experience, including 15 years with Central Bank.
Hawthorn Bank promoted Jonathan Brown to mortgage sales manager of the southern Missouri region. Brown has worked in mortgage banking since 2014 and joined Hawthorn Bank in January 2020.
Simmons Bank was named to Forbes magazine’s list of the World’s Best Banks for the second year in a row. The recognition is based on surveys conducted by Forbes and Statista that evaluated feedback from 43,000 banking customers across 28 countries on such topics as trust, terms, customer service, digital service and financial advice.
Springfield Business Journal promoted Editorial Director Eric Olson to editorial vice president-external relations and Features Editor Christine Temple to executive editor. A 20-year SBJ employee, Olson serves as editorial liaison to the business community, works with contributors for writing and research projects, and handles copyediting and special products. Temple, a three-year employee with eight years in the industry, is responsible for the management of the newsroom personnel and print and digital products.
Mediacom Communications Corp. was selected as a 2021 U.S. Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal. Based on the key categories of strategy, execution, culture and financials, a panel of independent judges chose 49 private businesses with annual revenues of at least $250 million.
Habitat for Humanity of Springfield added Brian Johnson as controller, Jenna Pfeifer as operations manager and Daniel Schekorra as brand manager. With experience as a chief accountant, most recently for the Branson Convention Center, Johnson is responsible for Habitat Springfield’s accounting and finance. Pfeifer previously worked as Pension Consultants Inc.’s chief financial officer. She’s responsible to lead the design, management and improvements of Habitat’s systems. Schekorra has seven years of experience in marketing with specializations in content creation, design, analytics and marketing strategy. He’s responsible for identifying and expanding organizational brand awareness.
Laura Farmer, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri, was appointed to CASA’s National Leadership Council. The 15-member NLC represents the interest and views of a national network of CASA and guardian ad litem programs. Farmer has served on the National CASA/GAL Urban Leadership Council the past year.
Efactory Director Rachel Anderson joined the Greater Missouri Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors. She’s a co-founder of the Rosie networking group and Alumni Spaces startup, and also serves on the board for the Gillioz Theatre, The Network and Springfield Creatives.
United Appraisal Group owner Randall Walker, of Shell Knob, was appointed to the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission. Since 1991, he’s worked on appraisals of agricultural, commercial, industrial and residential properties, and he’s served as chairman of the Aurora Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission. Walker holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Drury.
Khris Stillman joined Russell Cellular Inc. as area vice president for the newly established agent partner program. Stillman has nearly 30 years of technology sales and strategy experience, most recently as director of indirect sales for Verizon Wireless, where he’s worked the past 24 years.
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Local Musician Barak Hill talks about how he started writing music and earning money from his skills. He says his first motivation to start making money was to get music to pay for itself.
Heather Kite, owner of startup business Rooted Deep Farms, talks about tough times during the winter of 2020-2021. She says determination was a necessary component that kept her going.
Jeramey and Julia Henson, co-owners of HM Dentworks Academy, discuss the importance of family in work-life balance. They say you can’t make up for the major life events. HM Dentworks Academy is also co-owned by Chris McWhirter.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistry Pottery, talks about her struggle with PXE, or Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a disease that affects the eyes. She says that despite her struggle, she is ultimately thankful.
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.”