Dake Wells Architecture Inc. was one of eight firms honored as a 2020 Emerging Voice from The Architectural League of New York. The award highlights work addressing larger issues within architecture, landscape and the built environment.
Banking and Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Leah Reed as mortgage loan officer and Shawn Keys as vice president-loan officer. The bank also promoted Kelsey Payne to banking center manager at the South Glenstone Avenue branch. Reed has 15 years of experience in the real estate and lending industry. With 27 years of industry experience, Keys is responsible for business development and commercial and consumer lending. Payne brings eight years of experience and is responsible for the daily tasks of the branch.
Guaranty Bank promoted David Shelton to assistant vice president/infrastructure manager in the information systems department. Shelton, formerly IT manager, rejoined the bank in 2017.
Ron Penney, private wealth adviser with Penney, Murray & Associates, qualified for the company’s Circle of Success Annual program. He has 37 years of experience.
Springfield Public Schools named Jason Steingraber as principal of Pershing K-8, effective July 1. The current principal of Wilder Elementary School, Steingraber has 22 years of experience with SPS and succeeds Ryan Savage at Pershing.
Silver Dollar City Attractions hired Angela Davis as marketing director of sales and Cole Estes as marketing director of sponsorships and promotions. Davis has 20 years of hospitality experience with Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center. She oversees all sales and group operations at Silver Dollar City, Showboat Branson Belle and White Water. Estes most recently served as senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Inc. in Springfield and now works on Silver Dollar City, White Water, Showboat Branson Belle and Silver Dollar City Campground.
Nixa was ranked the 10th safest Missouri city by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. The rankings are compiled using FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics of cities with populations over 10,000 and local law enforcement data.
The Kitchen Inc. hired Stacy Harshberger as director of accounts. She has a bachelor’s in business management and a master’s in organizational leadership from Evangel University.
The Pediatric Brain Foundation named Amber Riddle to its board of directors. Riddle is the chief financial officer of preschool and early child care centers Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc.
Lost & Found Grief Center added Lisa Hallam as chief operating officer, Shannon Nagy as database manager and Ethan Potter as program coordinator. Hallam has 30 years of health care experience, most recently as nursing director for Mercy Hospital Springfield’s emergency department. Nagy has worked as an office manager and two decades as a community volunteer. Potter joined Lost & Found in May 2019 as a part-time coordinator.
Pearson-Kelly Technology promoted Lee Flood to executive vice president from director of sales. He joined the company in 2014 as an account manager.
Drive-thru coffee shop Bigfoot Coffee Co. LLC opened; a pair of Springfield attorneys launched medical marijuana certification clinic The Med Card Co. LLC; and husband-and-wife owners Ryan and Lesley Day debuted their first business venture with the opening of The Farmhouse on Boone Cafe LLC.
Andrea Petersberg, owner of the Local Bevy, says the appeal of a local store holds a lot of value for people in and outside of Springfield. Petersburg says being a supporting part of the local connection for artists is important for her.
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, shares his story on how he left his job in the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now 60 years old and with signature character to his photography and business, he says he still is a 15-year-old boy with a camera.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, gives her advice for maintaining good relationships with clients. Drawing on her experience working with customers coast to coast, Thomas says equity and fairness are some of the best ways to build trust and respect.
Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.