BKD LLP promoted Matthew Looker and Emily Reese to senior managing consultants and Laura Rice and Eimee Wakefield to managing consultants. Looker is a member of the firm’s technologies division and assists clients with implementations and project management for new products. Reese assists large health care systems with reimbursement and regulatory consulting services. Rice performs reimbursement consulting to clients and prepares Medicare and Medicaid cost reports for community health centers. Wakefield provides consulting services to home care and hospice clients.
The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools honored five reading teachers with Turner Reading Awards: Rachel Hoing at Watkins Elementary School, Shondra Collins at York Elementary School, Alyssa Wicklund at Westport Middle School, Liz Eason at Weller Elementary School and Kendall Bennett at Jarrett Middle School. Nominations for the awards were submitted by SPS educators and peers earlier this year with nominees completing a questionnaire detailing their accomplishments in the classroom.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Missouri Seal of Biliteracy Program approved The Summit Preparatory School to offer the seal to qualifying seniors upon graduation. The program promotes active participation in a global society and economy by incentivizing, recognizing and celebrating the acquisition of biliteracy skills and sociocultural competencies.
Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Heart Institute in Bolivar added Kyla Inman as nurse practitioner. She provides evaluation and treatment for adult cardiology patients, stress test supervision, patient education, and management of blood clots and heart failures. Inman earned her nursing degree from East Central College in Rolla and her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing from Cox College.
Dr. Abigail Emery of Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture LLC completed the requirements to become Webster certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. The Webster technique teaches care for pregnant women, such as gentle adjusting techniques, individual case management systems and evidence-informed practices.
Matthew Growcock was elected managing member of Lowther Johnson Attorney at Law LLC, succeeding Michael Miller. Growcock, who joined the firm as a member in 2012, practices in commercial and civil litigation. Miller was named chief operating officer and general counsel for Mid-Missouri Bank.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Inc. named Karen McDonald and Tad Peters as the 2018 Bigs of the Year. McDonald, who has worked in public schools for 18 years. has mentored the same little for the last decade. Peters, an officer with the Springfield Police Department, joined the BBBSO Board of Directors in 2011 and has mentored his little since then.
The community’s architectural and engineering professionals present these 25 projects as an insight into their portfolios.
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.