BKD LLP promoted Chase Simmerman to senior consultant working with hospitals in the firm’s National Health Care Group. He holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Southwest Baptist University and joined BKD in 2016.
Travis Liles was promoted to senior adviser II at BKD Wealth Advisors LLC. Providing financial and estate planning services to high-net-worth families, he has a bachelor’s in entrepreneurship and finance, as well as an MBA, from Missouri State University.
Luke Hansen, a compliance officer at Old Missouri Bank, was selected to serve as vice chairman of the Compliance Committee for the Missouri Bankers Association. With a bachelor’s in business management from Missouri Southern State University, he’s worked 17 years in banking and at OMB since 2015.
Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield hired Megan Rosewicz as event coordinator. She recently earned a bachelor’s in business administration from College of the Ozarks and has experience in customer service, fashion and as a wedding coordinator.
CoxHealth added five physicians: Drs. Diego Granja and Mohamed Halane, in hospital medicine; Laura Isaacson, in family medicine; Mark Matthews, in occupational medicine; and Megan Rooney, in obstetrics and gynecology.
HR Advantage LLC hired Karla Callaway to lead its recruitment division. With a bachelor’s in administrative management from MSU, she has 17 years of recruitment and employee relations experience.
United Way of the Ozarks added former Springfield City Manager Greg Burris as executive in residence and executive director of Give 5. He previously helped form and lead the social program matching retirees with volunteer opportunities when it was run by the city. As executive in residence, Burris will work closely with United Way’s board of directors and staff to develop strategic initiatives to better serve the community.
Chase Rabourn received the Member of the Year Award from the Rotaract Club of Springfield for significant participation in the service organization for professionals under the age of 30. Rabourn, the digital marketing manager at Medical Consulting Group, also was appointed Rotaract’s director of public relations.
The Rainbow Network Inc. named Megan Munzlinger executive director, succeeding founder Keith Jaspers, who retired in June. A native of Hannibal, she’s been involved with the faith-based charity’s work in Nicaragua since 2004.
Reborn Co. promoted Broc MacFee to general manager. He’s worked at the candle company since October 2017 and has a bachelor’s in graphic design from Evangel University.
Stoneridge Flooring Design added Terri Dial as a flooring consultant. She’s worked 10 years in education and the past five years selling Mary Kay.
Huber & Associates Inc. hired Lana Caulliette as its first impressions specialist. With nine years of relationship management experience and an MBA from MSU, she’s responsible for community engagement, marketing and sales initiatives.
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the opening of La Habana Vieja; independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office; and a veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.