KPM CPAs & Advisors named Rebecca Harmon and Kristi Wilkins as shareholders. Both have 20 years of accounting experience. Harmon provides tax preparation and planning services to businesses and individuals, while Wilkins helps lead the accounting outsourcing team and specializes in accounting system design and implementation.
BKD LLP promoted Roman Bosovik to senior associate II and Jeanette Gunya to senior consultant II. Bosovik is a member of BKD’s national manufacturing and distribution group and its employee benefit plan team, where he provides audit and review services to clients. Gunya is a BKD senior consultant of health care billing services and has 19 years’ experience working with PPO networks and claims processing for a federal health insurance carrier.
Banking and Finance
Brian Pitts joined Bank of Bolivar’s mortgage lending team to work as vice president of the Republic Road branch. He has 16 years of banking experience, most recently with Franklin American Mortgage Co.
Missouri Trust & Investment Co. hired Laura Kiesel as chief administrative officer. She manages administration operations for client accounts and communication with clients, professional advisers and staff on the laws and administration of trusts and estate manners. Kiesel has 30 years of industry experience, including 11 as a certified trust and financial adviser.
Dr. Letitia White-Minnis was named interim dean of the McQueary College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University. She previously worked as MSU’s associate dean of academic programs and department head of communication sciences and disorders. White-Minnis succeeds Dr. Helen Reid, who plans to retire in February.
Drury University hired Corey Bray as vice president and director of athletics, effective March 18. He succeeds Mark Fisher, who is retiring at the end of the academic year. Bray currently works as associate athletics director for compliance at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
The Reeds Spring R-4 School District board selected Cody Hirschi as superintendent out of 38 candidates. Currently the superintendent of the Mid-Buchanan School District in Faucett, he is scheduled to start July 1. Hirschi succeeds Michael Mason, who is slated to retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.
Croley Insurance and Financial Inc. hired Tiffany Lafferty as a licensed property and casualty agent. With six years of insurance experience, she focuses primarily on personal and commercial products.
The City Utilities of Springfield Board of Public Utilities elected Joe Reynolds of Central States Industrial as chairman. Other officers appointed for 2019 are Denise Silvey of Paul Mueller Co., vice chairwoman; Rob Rector of Ozarks Technical Community College, secretary; and Jennifer Wilson of nForm Architecture LLC, assistant secretary.
Springfield City Manager Jason Gage named Collin Quigley and Maurice Jones as deputy city managers. Quigley, the former assistant city manager, had finance and budget process responsibilities added to his oversight of multiple city departments. He started with the city in 2007. Jones, a former economic development director in Dubuque, Iowa, has 20 years’ experience revitalizing urban cities and leveraging public-private partnerships for development.
The first of SBJ's forums detailing Economic Growth Survey results is held.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder