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Newsmakers: April 8-14, 2019

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Last edited 9:31 a.m., April 15, 2019

Architecture
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.

Health Care
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.

Manufacturing
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.

Municipal
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.

Real Estate
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.

Recreation
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.

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