Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank hired Rob Dixon as assistant vice president/consumer lending manager. He previously served as banking center manager for Central Bank of the Ozarks and has a 25-year career in banking and lending. Dixon holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Southwest Baptist University and is a graduate of the Missouri Bankers Association’s School of Lending.
Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Jose DelaTorre to retail officer and a banking center manager and added Abby Glenn as a business development specialist. DelaTorre has worked four years in the financial industry and eight years in customer service. Glenn has seven years of business development experience.
Greenwood Laboratory School appointed Ron Snodgrass as interim director and Jeni Hopkins as assistant director. Succeeding 16-year leader Janice Duncan, Snodgrass retired in 2015 from Springfield Public Schools after 29 years of service as an administrator at multiple schools, including seven years as Central High School principal. Hopkins has worked in education for nearly 30 years, as a counselor and coach at Greenwood and Hillcrest High.
Katie Towns was named director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department after serving in an interim capacity for five months. She’s worked as assistant director since 2015 and previously served as public information administrator and as a chronic disease administrator. Towns holds a master’s in public health and a bachelor’s in sport medicine/athletic training from Missouri State University.
Matthew Turner was promoted to vice president of CoxHealth’s Community Hospital Group to serve as a liaison for system directors and its community hospitals in Branson, Monett and Lamar. He’s worked for CoxHealth since 2017.
Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation named two new administrators: Bob Behnke at the Ash Grove Healthcare Facility and Sarah Crosswhite at the Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility. Benhke has worked the bulk of his 30-year health care career for CMH, most recently as the skilled nursing facility therapy services supervisor. He’s a licensed physical therapist and holds a master’s and doctorate in physical therapy from Missouri State University. Crosswhite most recently served as assistant director of nursing at CMH and has 20 years of nursing and leadership experience. She holds a nursing degree from Southwest Baptist University.
Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Ash Grove Healthcare Facility earned a Commitment to Quality Bronze Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program, which honors members’ commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and people with disabilities.
Big Cedar Lodge named Jeff Steen director of agronomy to oversee its five golf courses and promoted Steve Johnson to senior golf course superintendent. Steen has 24 years of experience managing golf resorts, about half that time with the Pebble Beach Co., and holds a bachelor’s in horticulture and turf-grass management from Olds College in Canada. Johnson has managed golf courses for 34 years.
Stockton-based black walnut processor Hammons Products Co. is is world’s largest facility of its type.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.