Banking and Finance
Guaranty Bank named Angela Delahoussaye vice president and retail banking group manager. She has 25 years of banking experience, most recently as banking center manager for Home Bank in Lafayette, Louisiana. Delahoussaye helps lead the retail banking operations for five branches in Springfield and Ozark.
Erica Gaynor, group benefits adviser with Ollis/Akers/Arney, was named to Employee Benefit Adviser’s 2020 Top Women in Benefit Advising. She was chosen as one of 20 advisers for their professional track record, as well as impact and service to the industry. Gaynor has 18 years of experience and has been an employee-owner of the company since 2005.
Missouri Bankers Association appointed Karen Shannon, vice president of business consulting and chief human resources officer with Ollis/Akers/Arney, to its Board of Trustees for Banking Education for a three-year term. She has 25 years of banking and human resources experience and has been an employee-owner of the company since 2012.
Steve Grant, KY3 news anchor, was presented the first honorary doctorate of humane letters from Evangel University during the 62nd annual commencement, held virtually. A 1976 graduate, he also gave the commencement speech.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave four-star ratings to Mercy Hospital Springfield and Mercy Hospital Lebanon. CMS grades hospitals on over 100 quality measures in seven categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timelines of care and effective use of medical imaging.
U.S. News & World Report rated Mercy Hospital Springfield as “high performing” in seven procedures and conditions: knee replacement, hip replacement, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The analysis is based on medical outcomes such as survival, patient experience and nurse staffing.
The Great Game of Business Inc. named 417 Magazine, Community Partners of the Ozarks, Pregnancy Care Center and Victory Mission & Ministry to the 2020 Great Game of Business All-Star Team. The companies are recognized for improving their communities and their employees’ stake in financial outcomes.
The Kitchen Inc. added David Meyer and Vicky Whited as case managers. Meyer, an Army veteran, earned a bachelor’s in health care management and administration from Concordia University Texas. Whited earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Central Methodist University and has experience working with homelessness, substance abuse disorders and mental disabilities.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield named Sarah Cunningham as superintendent, effective Sept. 27, to succeed the retiring Ted Hillmer. Cunningham, currently acting superintendent of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks Group in South Carolina, started her 15-year career at Wilson’s Creek as an interpretive park ranger.
A husband and wife added to their business portfolio; Valley Mountain Meat LLC made its retail debut; and clothing retailer Aerie opened a store at Battlefield Mall.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, offer the Bible as a part of our booked series. The Meinsens discuss how they feel the Bible impacts their perspective on their day to day operations.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, recounts how he took over the business from his father. He encourages business owners to do their best. Despite being in business for over fifty years, Steve says not every decision he made for Crosstown Barbecue worked out.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, talks about her daughter and how she helps while running the truck. Oliva has upward of 15 years of experience in hospitality management.