Duckett Ladd LLP added Zach Hoskins as an adviser and marketing director. Hoskins also runs the Client Experience Architect podcast, which he’ll continue at Duckett Ladd, covering how businesses craft unique experiences for their clients.
Banking and Finance
Piatchek & Associates added Shawn Gallagher as services director. After working in banking and teaching personal finance in Springfield Public Schools, Gallagher manages client retirement analyses and investment account administration for the financial planning firm.
Guaranty Bank hired Daniel Williams as vice president and financial manager of the accounting department. He oversees the bank’s cash management, liquidity and investment activities, regulatory reporting requirements and internal control compliance relating to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Williams rejoins the bank after working as a teller, 1999-2003.
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Kara Greer as retail officer and banking center manager at the North Kansas Expressway branch. Greer has 10 years of branch management experience.
Alumni and supporters of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised more than $265,000 in the fifth annual Catfight Giving Challenge, a basketball fundraiser. The money goes toward the Annual Drury Experience Fund, an effort to raise $1.6 million in scholarships and financial aid for students with limited financial resources. The fundraiser has raised $615,000 since inception.
Evangel University honored Dr. Milta Little with the 2018 Outstanding Alumnus award from the department of natural and applied sciences. A 2002 graduate, Little currently serves as an associate professor of geriatric medicine and the director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at Saint Louis University Medical Center. She serves on the Missouri Association of Long-Term Care Providers editorial board and has served as president and board member of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
The Branson Convention Center Inc. won the Outstanding Achievement award from the Missouri Recycling Association for its sustainability and recycling. The center achieved 48 percent waste diversion in 2017 through its S3 Serious Sustainable Synergy Team and diverted 83 tons of solid waste from landfills. Energy use has dropped 15 percent at the center in three years through employee initiatives. The center also has an on-site vegetable and herb garden, compost facility and a landscaped garden.
ADsmith Marketing and Advertising hired Erin Roberts as digital media coordinator. She handles social media duties and work with the digital department on search engine optimization and search engine marketing for clients. Roberts earned a bachelor’s in marketing, MBA and a graduate certificate in leadership from Missouri State University. She has previous experience as a freelance copywriter.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri added eight volunteers: Casey Groose, Christen Lucas, Diane Jewell, James Blackburn, Jonathan Carter, Philip Herzog, Rebecca Weber and Sheryl Holle. CASA volunteers go through 30 hours of training and three hours of court observation before being assigned to an abuse or neglect case by judges.
The community’s architectural and engineering professionals present these 25 projects as an insight into their portfolios.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.