KPM CPAs & Advisors was named among the 20 companies in Biz 417’s Best Places to Work program. In partnership with Best Companies Group, the awards are based on employee surveys and workplace policies, practices and demographics.
Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective hired Brett Soden as an educational specialist to direct and retain the firm’s education projects. He has a 29-year career in education, first as a teacher and later in administration. Soden retired this year as school superintendent in Strafford.
Show Me Christian County appointed its 2021-22 board officers and promoted Project Coordinator Mark Wallace to the new role of vice president of workforce development. SMCC officers are Chair Sarah Appleby of USA Mortgage, Vice Chair Brian Steele of the city of Nixa, Secretary Ralph Phillips of the Christian County Commission and Treasurer Jeff Allen of BKD LLP. Wallace is responsible for collaborating with the public, businesses and education institutions to develop and support the workforce throughout the county.
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce hired Tori Reaves as talent retention coordinator. She serves as staff liaison and coordinator for The Network, the chamber’s organization for young professionals, and as an outreach to area universities and their students. With a bachelor’s in strategic communications from Drury University, Reaves previously worked at O’Reilly Automotive Inc. as a marketing promotions specialist.
Drury University appointed Marie Muhvic as executive vice president of university advancement to oversee annual and planned giving, major and principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations and alumni stewardship. Her career in fundraising began in the athletics departments at University of Tennessee and Princeton University, and she most recently worked for Sacred Heart University in Connecticut as chief development officer for the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology and president of the SHU Community Theatre Foundation.
Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Associate Dean Paul Lewis was named 2021-22 president of the Association of Professors of Mission. Among his responsibilities, Lewis will oversee the development of the APM annual conference for professors of mission and missiology thought leaders.
Burrell Behavioral Health hired Marquisa “Keke” Rover as system director of diversity, equity and inclusion. She previously served as director of Ambassadors for Children and has experience at Preferred Family Healthcare, Isabel’s House and Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, where she’s been involved in DEI efforts.
Daniel Ogunyemi, Ozarks Technical Community College’s director of diversity, equity and inclusion, was chosen among 50 leaders in the inaugural class of The Memorial Foundation’s Social Justice Fellows Program. Participants will convene virtually this summer for social justice programming, including curriculum and a distinguished lecture series, then travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional leaders. Ogunyemi is the only fellow from Missouri.
Bridget Barclay Sudol joined FosterAdopt Connect as a development specialist, a newly created role. She previously served as a district executive with the Boy Scouts of America Ozarks Trails Council and has a background in grant writing, fundraising and event planning.
Revival 98 opened a dispensary; the 101st store for Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc. debuted; and Collectomaniacs card shop consolidated two stores in a move.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
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.