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Elliott, Robinson & Co. LLP was named as one of Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For in 2020. To be eligible, firms must operate in the United States for at least one year and have a minimum of 15 employees. A survey evaluating workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, demographics and an employee survey determined the 100 firms on the list.
Banking and Finance
Commerce Bank named Sherry Lynch as Bolivar market president, succeeding the retiring Bob Moreland. She is responsible for the bank’s market share in the area, banking operations, and business and relationship management. Lynch has 30 years of banking experience and earned her bachelor’s in management from Evangel University.
Craig Wright, wealth manager for Strategic Financial Concepts Inc., was awarded the 2020 Five Star Professional Wealth Manager Award for the second year in a row. The award is based on 10 objective criteria.
SFC Bank added Tim Stack to its board of directors. Stack, executive vice president at SRC Holdings Inc., has worked in the SRC Holdings family of companies since 2007.
Mid-West Family Broadcasting added Cerena Cavanaugh as sales representative. She most recently worked as a business relations representative for Better Business Bureau of Springfield. Cavanaugh’s responsibilities involve building brand awareness, generating qualified leads and increasing brand engagement.
Rotaract Club of Springfield appointed new officers for fiscal 2020-21: Derek Chaney of Mid-Missouri Bank, as president; Victoria Gorham of Grooms Office Environments, as president-elect; William Black of Commerce Bank, as secretary; Valerie Tims as director of membership; Cristian Rath of Abacus CPAs LLC, as treasurer; Kelsea Suarez of Great Southern Bank, as director of public relations; Callie Carroll of Missouri State University, as director of professional development; and Conner O’Mealy of Drury University, as sergeant-at-arms.
The Salvation Army added four new members to the Springfield Corps Advisory Board: Frances Bixler of Bixler Cleaning & Disaster Restoration Corp.; Kerri Huff of Ozarks Technical Community College; Tijuana Julian of Drury University; and Libby Salisbury, a community volunteer.
The Salvation Army-Springfield added Majs. Jon and Kris Augenstein as executive directors. The couple have 23 years of experience with the nonprofit, most recently at The Salvation Army’s Heartland division headquarters in Peoria, Illinois. In the roles, the Augensteins oversee a $3 million budget locally.
Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium was voted America’s Best Aquarium by a national USA Today poll for a second time. The aquarium was nominated for the top 20 list of national institutions by a panel of travel experts as part of USA Today’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
Silver Dollar City was named the top amusement park in the nation in the USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards. Two other SDC attractions also were ranked by USA Today readers: Buckshot Annie’s as the No. 5 Best Restaurant and Outlaw Run as the No. 10 Best Roller Coaster.
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 …