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.
Visionhealth Eye Center in Republic moved; Gettin’ Basted expanded north to Springfield; and the second Springfield facility for Blue Iguana Car Wash opened.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.
Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he sees work-life balance very differently. When he was younger, he would push himself to take on more and more responsibility, but would stop and put his career on hold for months while living in New Zealand or Mexico, or to start a pet software project. He says he lives by the philosophy of work hard and play hard.
Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.
Michelle Romero, co-owner of PKD Venue, says her business has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by changing its business model to include food service. Now on top of serving as a venue for rent, they can keep revenue through online and pick up and go orders.
Dr. Clifton Petty, dean of the Breech School of Business at Drury University, lists three priorities for an effective MBA program. Petty says an entrepreneurial focus, a cohesive group of fellow students and an emphasis on hands-on experience are things students should look for in an MBA program. This is sponsored content.
Megan Short, the executive director of the Springfield Contractors Association, discusses her company’s organization strategies to encourage networking. She encourages organizing networking events around some activity and working to explicitly provide time during events for people to chat and have conversation.