The American Institute of Architects recognized Dake Wells Architecture Inc. with five awards in design excellence. The firm received a Merit Award from the AIA Central States for the retail center at Sunshine and National, and four awards from AIA Kansas City: Citation Awards for Hass Darr Hall at Missouri State University-West Plains and the Springfield Underground Command Station; a Merit Award for the Sue Walk Burnett Journalism and Student Media Center at University of Arkansas; and an Honor Award for Reeds Spring Middle School.
Banking and Finance
Central Trust Co. Vice President and Relationship Manager Martha Atkisson was awarded the certified trust and financial adviser designation from the American Bankers Association. Recognizing excellence in wealth and trust management, recipients must attain certain levels of experience and education in the trust profession, pass an exam and agree to abide by a code of ethics. Atkisson has worked with Central Trust since 2009.
Mediacom Communications Corp. was named a 2019 Best Company for Women to Work by Women in Cable Telecommunications. The rankings are based on a survey covering pay equity, advancement opportunities and resources for work-life integration. Mediacom will be recognized for the honor in April 2020 in New York City.
Leanna Hurt of Mettemeyer Engineering LLC passed her professional engineer test. She earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering with a structural emphasis from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Hurt has worked for Mettemeyer since 2015.
Dr. David Barbe of Mercy Springfield Communities was elected president-elect of the World Medical Association by delegates from more than 100 countries during the association’s annual convention in Tbilisi, Georgia. The association represents 9 million physicians and addresses health-related human rights, public health policies, environmental impacts on health and augmented intelligence to help doctors make evidence-based health care decisions. Barbe will become president in October 2020.
In the 2020 edition of U.S. News’ Best Law Firms, Neale & Newman LLP received a Tier 1 ranking and Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown PC received a Tier 2 ranking. Recognized for professional excellence, eligible firms must have a lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News. Out of the 14,931 firms reviewed, 2,106 received a Best Law Firms ranking.
Neil Chanter was elected to serve on the Missouri Appellate Judicial Commission, succeeding Don Woody, whose term expires in December. Chanter is an attorney with Strong, Garner, Bauer PC since 1998.
Debbie Dodge was elected to serve on Greene County’s 31st Circuit Judicial Commission, succeeding Steve Garner, whose term expires in December. Dodge is a trial attorney with Hall Ansley PC since 1994.
Chill-Pak hired Mike Marciniak as director of business development. He has 20 years of experience in temperature-controlled packaging, most recently with Packaging Technology Group Inc. Marciniak works with life sciences, biological and chemical companies for sustainable temperature assurance packaging.
Leggett & Platt Inc. promoted Karl Glassman to chairman of the board, Mitch Dolloff to president and Steve Henderson to executive vice president and president over specialized products and the new furniture, flooring and textile products segment. The promotions are effective Jan. 1, 2020. Glassman will retain his CEO position. Dolloff maintains his position of chief operating officer and will serve as president of the new bedding products segments until a successor is appointed; he also joined the board of directors. Henderson was promoted from vice president and president of Leggett & Platt’s automotive division.
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the opening of La Habana Vieja; independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office; and a veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.