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.
A health care worker became a first-time business owner; a home baker decided to pursue a longtime dream of starting her own business; and Springfield-based Premier Choice Tax and Accounting Solutions LLC expanded its reach in Greene County.
Aaron Elliott never imagined he would get into medical device or create a self-defense fitness-based business. Now the co-owner of F8 Fitness and Self-Defense at the age of 46, he says Dr. Seuss nailed it on the head with “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” He says as long as you have the passion for it, you can do anything.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager of Arvest Bank Steve Kelly says now is the time to start looking at your financial situation—such as where you can cut back or prepare yourself for economic recovery.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …