Banking and Finance
Vickie Hicks joined the Greater Ozarks Associates of Thrivent Financial as a community engagement leader. Previously, she worked at Missouri State University as a corporate relations specialist and at KPM CPAs PC as marketing director.
Gary Wood, a partner at Compere Robinette CPAs, was one of 41 certified public accountants selected by the American Institute of CPAs as a member of the 2018 Leadership Academy. The AICPA asked him to be a charter member of a networking group for young accounting firm owners.
Central Bank added Liz Trader as banking center manager-retail officer, Andy Redman as vice president-commercial lender and Jeremy Knottek as vice president-commercial loan officer. Trader has 18 years of experience in customer service and sales. With a bachelor’s in administrative management from MSU, Redman has 15 years of experience in banking. Knottek has six years of experience in banking and a bachelor’s in finance from MSU.
Ryan Groose, vice president, investment management consultant and financial adviser for Morgan Stanley, was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors.
Branco Enterprises Inc. ranked as a Top 100 Contracting Firm in the Midwest by Engineering News-Record for the fourth consecutive year. At No. 90, Branco was the only firm based in southwest Missouri named to the list.
Morelock Builders & Associates Inc. promoted Jeff Renkoski to general superintendent/associate. With a bachelor’s in construction management from MSU, he was worked for the firm as a field superintendent since August 2013.
Drury University was selected to The Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges, becoming one of five new schools on the 2019 list. Drury also was named to the list of Best Midwestern schools.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appointed Evangel University professor Donna Washburn to serve a three-year term on the Southwest Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. She is one of nine members of the board. Washburn has taught social work and counseling classes at Evangel since 2000.
Jeff Huinda was appointed Drury’s executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer. He has a bachelor’s in accounting from Central Philippine University and an MBA from MSU.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appointed Lisa Elmore, of Fair Grove, to the Missouri Board of Examiners for Hearing Instrument Specialists. She is a board-certified and state-licensed hearing instrument specialist, an adjunct faculty member of the Hearing Instrument Science program at Ozarks Technical Community College and a member of the international and state hearing societies.
TripAdvisor rated Silver Dollar City No. 16 among its Top 25 Amusement Parks in the World. In America, Silver Dollar City was the 11th-ranked theme park.
Yvette Medley was named human resources and payroll manager for Andy B’s Entertainment and Bowling Centers. She has a bachelor’s in management with an emphasis in human resources from MSU.
The E.W. Scripps Co. named Tom Oakes operations manager for KTTS-FM, KSGF-AM/FM, KRVI-FM and KSPW-FM, as well as program director for KTTS-FM.
Taney County became a Certified Work Ready Community after completing the ACT Work Ready program. ACT Work Ready Communities provide a community-based framework that focuses on current workforce needs and helps reduce skills gaps.
First entering the Springfield market 15 years ago, Kum & Go LC’s local construction activity is hard to miss these days.
Learn how customer surveys and the Amazon business model inspired Curtis Millsap to find technology to give his customers a better Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program experience at Millsap Farms. His intention was to create a better product for his customers, but discovered it also opened up new markets for the small family-owned agribusiness.
Michael Doss of Emerson Park didn't want to take away from the company's candle sales, while developing a grooming line. So he and his wife are working to build a new brand Wilder & Co. They started building the new brand on social media first with the entire product line eventually moving under the new brand.
Jumping in to lead a team that is already in place can be a challenge in sports and in business. Dana Ford, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Missouri State University says it's important to keep all …
What's the future of marketing research? Deborah Kassarjian of DK Insights says a lot of current marketing innovations are overpromising and underdelivering. Make sure you trust the data source that …
Why would an employee ever turn down a $200 a month raise? Jody Dow with The Springfield Dream Center explains the “Cliff Effect” that exists in the state of Missouri for people who are employed and on state or federal assistance. “You may be getting $500 in food stamps, and your raise is only increasing your pay that month by $200. Well, that’s a $300 discrepancy.” In the state of Missouri, assistance is all or nothing. The Dream Center helps workers in this situation learn how to prepare for in advance for a pay increase that results in a gap in monthly income.
Jason Gage, City Manager for the City of Springfield, says he wants coworkers to enjoy their job, take ownership, as well as understand and fulfill the mission. Gage says the problem in trying to …
“I’ve had a lot of employees that have given their two weeks notice and it was over things that I didn’t even know about, ” says Lauren Brown, Co-owner of Neighbor’s …
Rob Keck, Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops, says whether it’s a child negotiating with their parents for an allowance or partnering with some one to meet a goal, we all make deals. Keck …
Mark Walker, a local CEO and a member of the Drury University Board of Trustees, says employers are increasingly seeking college graduates who have some kind of meaningful real-world, hands-on …
“When I started this, I realized, number one, I have to have grit. I have to be able to know it’s a tough road,” says Julie Higgins, CEO of I Pour Life. Higgins says you shouldn’t focus on …