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Newsmakers: April 30-May 6, 2018

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Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank hired Jeff Schilling as a residential lender based in Joplin. He has nearly 30 years of financial industry experience, previously working as a mortgage specialist at Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.

Old Missouri Bank hired James Gorst, Austin Mooneyham and Bart Anders. Gorst, the new chief operations officer and executive vice president, develops and administers multiple divisions of the bank, including deposit management, consumer, business retail and merchant services, compliance and information technology. He most recently served as COO of Brookfield, Wisconsin-based iStream Financial Services. Mooneyham came on as a loan officer and assistant vice president. With eight years of experience, he previously worked at Regions Bank Inc. and FCS Financial. Anders joined Old Missouri Bank as a content strategist. He has nearly four years of experience and most recently worked in marketing and communication at Ollis/Akers/Arney.

Nicole Watkins
was hired as assistant principal of Ozark Middle School. She started with the Ozark R-6 School District in 2007 as an English, language arts and social studies teacher, before working as an instructional technology coach and library media specialist for the past four years.

Bret Range accepted the position of executive director of student and school services for Springfield Public Schools, overseeing the departments of school police, health services, school counseling services and performance analytics. With 21 years of educational experience, he had served as SPS’ director of elementary learning.

SPS appointed two principals: Tracy Daniels at Sunshine Elementary School and Josh Holt at Harrison Elementary. With a doctorate in education from Southwest Baptist University, Daniels previously worked as a principal in Bolivar. Holt previously served as principal of Portland Elementary and has master’s degrees in educational administration from Missouri State University and curriculum instruction from University of Missouri.

Drury University’s student newspaper, The Mirror, won several awards from the Missouri College Media Association: Mady McColm, Johan Englen and Ryan Smith, first place, editorial/op-ed page; Smith, first place, editorial writing; Englen, third place, editorial writing; Danielle Wheelan, third place, political/editorial cartoon; Courtney Keady, third place, information graphic.

Branson Fire Department Chief Ted Martin earned a chief fire officer designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. The designation demonstrates excellence in experience, education, professional development and contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competence.

The city of Nixa earned an Innovation Award for a second consecutive year from the Missouri Municipal League. The 2018 award recognizes the city’s partnership with Gardner Capital Inc. and MC Power Cos. Inc. to develop the state’s largest solar farm.

Curt Ringgold
and Andy Peebles were elected to three-year terms on Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks’ board of directors. Ringgold serves as a sergeant for the Springfield Police Department, and Peebles works as an associate attorney of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown PC.

Sales & Marketing
Trey Watts
, project and estimating manager of Springfield Sign, was named to the International Sign Association’s Elite Program., earning an expenses-paid trip to the 2018 ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando, Florida, as well as advanced leadership training.

Bryant Babbitt joined heating and air conditioning supplier Trane Inc. as an inside sales specialist. He previously worked for AT&T Inc. and Lowe’s Cos. Inc.


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