Michael Hynes, of Branson, received the Helicopter Association International’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award for his 65-year career in the aviation industry. He worked as a U.S. Air Force aircraft mechanic at the age of 17, established a flight school and charter service, and started a maintenance and parts business for Brantly helicopters, before founding Hynes Aviation Services. Hynes is now semiretired and oversees a trust fund that provides scholarships for students in aviation.
Banking & Finance
The Bank of Missouri added Jill Bomar as vice president and senior commercial loan officer and Casondra Harris as a senior commercial loan officer. Each has 17 years of banking experience. Bomar previously served as The Bank of Missouri’s community bank president in the St. Robert market, and Harris has worked at Simmons Bank and Arvest Bank.
Paula Dougherty of Achieve Private Wealth advisory was named to Ameriprise Financial Services LLC’s Circle of Success program by achieving years of consistently high performance. She is one of 69 Ameriprise Financial advisers, or less than 8%, to earn the distinction.
Springfield Public Schools named Jeremy Brown principal of Central High School, effective July 1. He’s currently serving as principal and athletic director for Scott Charter School in Scott, Arkansas, and worked as assistant principal of Jacksonville High School and as K-8 dean of students for eStem Public Charter Elementary/Middle School, both in Arkansas. Brown holds a master’s in education and an education specialist in superintendency from Arkansas State University.
Springfield Police Department made five promotions: Capt. Stacey Parton to major; Lt. Tony Vienhage to captain; Sgt. Tony D’Andrea to lieutenant; officer Jeff Burnett to sergeant; and officer Dorian Bernet to corporal.
Nonprofit consultant Tim Huddleston was named executive director of Ozark Mountain Country Cares, which was formerly known as the Stone and Taney Counties Poverty Initiative. His career experience includes stints as dean of development for College of the Ozarks, and president and CEO of Kids Across America, though he’s worked as a consultant the past five years. Huddleston has a bachelor’s in business from C of O and an MBA from Southwest Baptist University.
The Kitchen Inc. appointed its 2021 executive officers: President Jason Clough, principal of Clough Law Firm, LLC; Vice President Ellen Hammock, VP of provider services for CoxHealth; Secretary Katie Bolt-Goeke, a retired clinical social worker; Treasurer Rob Fridge, director of institutional research for Drury University; and past President Rex Hansen, a retired general manager for Summit Media. The Kitchen’s new trustees are Jean Haynes, a retired history teacher; Mike Haynes, AT&T’s regional director of external affairs; Stephanie Ireland, CEO of Ireland Architects; Briana Johnson, co-owner of Bahati Tea Co.; and Farley Lewis, an artist and muralist.
Andrea Crawford, vice president of real estate development for Prosperiti Partners LLC, was named president of Queen City Real Estate Group LLC, formerly Prosperiti Development LLC. She succeeds Titus Williams, who is minority partner in the new entity. Before joining Prosperiti, Crawford spent three years as president of the Historic River District in Ozark.
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.
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.
Amy Susan, director of public relations at EquipmentShare, discusses EquipmentShare’s philosophy of design thinking, and how field experience dictates their innovation. Design thinking consists of brainstorming, collaborating, beta testing and a practical implementation of solutions.