Banking and Finance
Guaranty Bank added Craig Dunn as executive vice president and chief commercial banking officer. He has 23 years of banking experience, most recently as local president of Oklahoma-based Regent Bank, for which he opened the Springfield office.
Hotel Vandivort received the AAA Best of Housekeeping Award for 2020. The award recognizes the highest possible cleanliness and condition of hotels inspected and approved by AAA.
Missouri Lawyers Media LLC selected seven local professionals to receive honors during the 22nd annual Women’s Justice Awards in June.
Litigation Practitioner Award winners are Jessica Hill of Ellis, Ellis, Hammons & Johnson PC; Megan Creson of Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law LLC; and Laura Robinson of Husch Blackwell LLP. The Public Service Award is going to Sarah Kerner, economic development director for the city of Springfield; Kara Johnson, 30th Judicial Circuit juvenile division counsel; and Stephanie Wan, chief assistant prosecuting attorney for Greene County.
The awards honor women in various sectors of the legal community, including the bar, the bench, public office, business, academia, nonprofits and the state at large.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. awarded $250,000 through the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in partnership with Commerce Trust Co.
The 16 grant recipients were Bakersfield School District, $20,000 for pandemic remote learning and future needs; Bright Futures Carthage, $10,000 for a vision needs project and emergency COVID-19 support funding for students; Calvary Chapel/Neighbors in Need-Buffalo, $10,000 for food distribution in partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest Inc.; Carter County Senior Board, $18,000 for a vehicle to deliver meals to seniors; Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri, $14,880 for pandemic services for children in crisis; Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri-Joplin, $10,200 for a women’s health initiative; Golden Echoes of Steelville Inc., $18,000 for a vehicle to deliver meals to seniors; Good Samaritan Care Clinic-Mountain View, $11,000 for diabetic patient support; Heart of the Ozarks United Way-West Plains, $16,200 for COVID-19 support; Helping Hands-Abuse and Crisis Center of Hickory County, $19,095 for emergency shelter expenses; Niangua Fire Protection District, $18,950 for personal protection equipment and other gear; Pleasant Hope Fire Protection District, $19,800 for equipment; Polk County House of Hope, $20,000 for a tech-resource room; Preferred Family Healthcare Inc., $18,000 for a postpartum mothers program; Ripley County Senior Center, $11,235 for kitchen appliances; and Webb City Farmers Market, $15,000 for SNAP Program increased access.
CFO also awarded nine COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund grants to Ministerial Alliance of the Hermann Area, $5,000 for low-income family assistance; Isabel’s House, $7,000 for food programs, cleaning supplies and program materials for children; Mountain Grove Love Center Food Pantry, $5,000 for food distribution; National Alliance on Mental Illness, $15,000 for virtual support group expenses and mental-health responders; O-STEAM, $19,500 for 3D-printed face shield support; People Helping People, $3,000 for food pantry expenses; and Shepherd’s Nook Food Pantry, $5,000 for food pantry expenses. CFO has issued $1.23 million in pandemic-related grants to date.
The Bark Yard dog park and bar concept launched; Charity Fent Cake Design LLC moved; and a pair of business owners collaborated on opening The Hidden Hut LLC.
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.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, shares the reason behind the business’ name. She says part of the inspiration goes back to a painting her daughter had in her room when she was younger.
Heather Kite, owner of Rooted Deep Farms, relates how she started up her business in the summer of last year. She says it was a long journey, but she is satisfied with the choice she made.