Abacus CPAs LLC promoted 16 staff members: Michael Sullivan to director; Annette Wright to senior associate; Taylor Graves and Brooke Shepherd to senior client support specialists; Tucker Virnig and Chris Abercrombie to senior analysts; Leona Towe and Christina Cooper to senior executive assistants; Kasey Bippert, John Taylor, Betsy Dyer and Shuhan Gu to consultants; and Jill Coleman, Sam Shafer and Teri Wingo to senior consultants.
CoxHealth was one of four Missouri hospitals honored for volunteer service by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries at its annual convention in Osage Beach. The CoxHealth Auxiliary’s 1,380 members provided 168,010 hours of service and supported $241,123 in donations to the hospital and through scholarships to nursing students.
The Best Western Plus Bolivar Hotel & Suites was recognized with the M.K. Guertin Award at Best Western Hotels and Resorts’ 2019 North American Convention in Maryland. The award represents the vision of Best Western’s founder and demonstrates exceptional levels of quality, guest satisfaction and brand dedication. The Bolivar hotel is one of 44 out of 2,100 Best Western North America properties to receive this award and the only one in Missouri.
Criminal defense lawyers Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise were named to the 2019 Super Lawyers list for Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers magazine. The designation is based on a multiphase selection process of peer nominations, evaluations and independent research. Only 5% of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas receive the distinction.
ENX Magazine named CPI Technologies as one of its 137 Elite Dealers for 2019. The selections are based on criteria including marketing prowess, digital transformation, leadership, work environment, technology, customer service and charitable donations.
The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hired Madison Russell as content coordinator. She manages the CVB’s social media accounts, blogging and assisting with public relations activities.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Inc. named John Lunardini as senior vice president of operations for its 39-county service area. He previously worked as chief operating officer at Catholic Charities Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri earned national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. The 36-month accreditation process reviews and analyzes an organization’s administration, management and service delivery functions against international standards of best practices. Catholic Charities’ wholly owned subsidiary, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Ozarks Inc., also was reaccredited.
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri broker/partner Donny Allen was inducted into the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council Hall of Fame at the National Association of Realtors Conference & Expo in San Francisco. He has been licensed since 1996 and focuses on residential real estate in Joplin.
Atlas Security Service Inc. hired Paige Townsend as a security consultant. She most recently worked as a project manager at Frank & Maven advertising agency. Townsend earned a bachelor’s in business communication from Westminster College.
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.