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.
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.