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Newsmakers: Dec. 12-18, 2022

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Byrider Springfield received the used car dealership’s President’s Award as the No. 1 nationally ranked store in the system, and co-owner Russ Larson, of Iowa, was named Franchisee of the Year in the category for four locations or more. The local shop has won the President’s Award five times, and Larson, who has ownership in the Springfield, Joplin and Columbia dealerships, has been Franchisee of the Year 14 times in the past 15 years.

Banking & Finance
Central Bank in Springfield appointed Vicky Johnson and Miranda Deckard as banking center managers and hired Michael Baldus as a small-business lender. Johnson, also named a retail officer for the bank, has 22 years of managerial experience, previously at the South Glenstone Avenue center, where Deckard was assistant manager. Deckard has nine years of banking experience and succeeded Johnson, who moved to Central’s main banking center. Baldus has seven years of client-service experience.

Old Missouri Bank made three promotions: Beth Fleetwood to vice president and credit review manager; Mitchell Griesemer to assistant vice president and credit analyst II; and Tiffany Wittum to assistant vice president and senior branch manager. Fleetwood, who holds a bachelor’s in finance from Missouri State University, has eight years of banking experience and joined OMB as a credit analyst in 2019. Working in OMB’s credit department, Griesemer has four years of industry experience and joined OMB in 2020, with a bachelor’s in economics from Truman State University. With five years of banking experience, the past year at OMB, Wittum oversees three Springfield branches and holds a bachelor’s in fashion merchandising and marketing from MSU.

Health Care
Dr. Curtis P. Schreiber of Citizens Memorial Hospital was appointed to the Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. One of 15 members, the group is charged with revising the state’s strategy for Alzheimer’s and dementia-related care that was originally published in 2010. Schreiber is a board-certified neurologist and headache medicine specialist.

The Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing at College of the Ozarks ranked as the top nursing program in Missouri for 2023, with a score of 98.85 out of 100 by The national RN Programs Rankings are based on results of The National Council Licensure Examination, a post-graduation screening test, as well as tuition cost, average program length and geographical coverage.

The Missouri State Fair Foundation hired Brent Dunn as development director, effective in summer 2023, when he steps down as vice president for university advancement and executive director of the Missouri State University Foundation. Dunn will have worked 38 years for MSU, where he helped lead the school’s largest capital campaign by raising $274 million in commitments. In his next role, he’ll be responsible to start a fundraising program to grow the annual fair held in Sedalia.

The Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce named its 2022 Nixa Young Professionals Top 10 Under 40: Sgt. Josh Barton, patrol sergeant, Nixa Police Department; Jesse Brooks, owner, Steam Master: Carpet, Tile and Furniture Care; Michael Childress, project designer, Insight Design Architects; Tim Cobb, regional credit officer, The Bank of Missouri; Mary Floyd, kindergarten teacher, Nixa Public Schools; Nicholas Holladay, director of communications, Christian County Library District; Lindsey Koelling, High Pointe Elementary assistant principal, Nixa Public Schools; Alex Stein, athletics communication specialist, Nixa Public Schools; Jaime Wright, Nixa High School assistant principal, Nixa Public Schools; and Jayne Young, owner, Jayne Young: Allstate Insurance.

Kampgrounds of America Inc. recognized the Branson KOA Holiday Campground with two awards at its annual international convention in Orlando, Florida. The Branson property earned the 2023 President’s Award for meeting quality standards and high customer service scores from camper surveys, as well as the Founder’s Award, KOA’s highest service recognition.


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