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.
Auto service veterans choose Springfield for long-term investments in Blue Iguana.
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.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.