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Brandon Dake, co-owner of Dake Wells Architecture Inc., was named to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows for his design contribution to the profession on a national level. He is the fifth fellow from Springfield and joins only 3 percent of AIA members with the distinction.
Dake Wells hired Jessica Albright as marketing director. She manages website content, client needs, communication logs, and responses to requests for qualifications and proposals. Albright has an MBA, with a graduate certificate in data analytics, from Missouri State University.
DFG Insurance agents Michael DeFontes and Deena Williams were recognized by the Health Insurance Marketplace as part of the Elite Circle of Champions for the 2019 open enrollment period. Both agents enrolled more than 100 clients into the marketplace.
The CoxHealth Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center received a Level 1, four-year accreditation with distinction from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Accredited UHMS facilities meet standards in care, patient safety, facilities, equipment, staff and training.
Intel Corp. recognized Brewer Science Inc. in its 2018 Preferred Quality Supplier awards. Qualifying suppliers exceed expectations and performance goals while scoring at least 80 percent on a continuous improvement plan.
Nixa Parks and Recreation Director Matt Crouse was honored with the Missouri Park and Recreation Association’s Associate Fellow Award at its annual conference in Branson. The award is given to members with at least three years of experience as a leader, instructor or supervisor, and who contributes to the association and displays leadership.
City of Branson Finance Director Jamie Rouch was invited to speak at the 113th Annual Government Financial Officers Association Conference in May in Los Angeles. She’s scheduled to discuss the relationship between economic development and tourism.
Enterprise Commercial Group LLC promoted Paige Brown to office coordinator and Jamie Thomas to vice president of the Enterprise Property Management division. Brown, who previously was the receptionist, is responsible for filing and maintaining company contracts, assisting with new hires and managing reports for multifamily properties. Thomas has eight years of property management experience.
Enterprise Property Management hired Daniel Robinette as leasing manager. Robinette previously worked in property management in Orlando, Florida, before moving to Springfield.
American Family Insurance agent David Haik was recognized with the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. He completed an evaluation process consisting of a customer satisfaction survey.
Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center in Branson was honored with the Readers’ Choice Award from ConventionSouth magazine. More than 7,000 votes from the magazine’s readers recognize the top meeting sites and destinations in the South.
Silver Dollar City’s Time Traveler was named in the Top 10 Best Theme-Park Rides for Families in America by Parents magazine. The ride, which features a 90-degree drop on a complete-circuit spinning coaster, was chosen as the Best Big Drop by the publication.
Thunderation, a coaster at Silver Dollar City, was honored with the Favorite Mine Train Coaster award from American Coaster Enthusiasts.
The Doula Foundation of Mid-America Inc. moved; Steve Albrecht opened Dr. Steve Albrecht Coaching Services; and Common Sleep LLC got its start.
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.