The Whitlock Co. hired Neil Frost as marketing director. He most recently worked as director of business development for Lakeland Behavioral Health System and held marketing director positions for Mercy in Springfield and CoxHealth in Branson. Frost has a bachelor’s in marketing and management from Missouri State University.
Old Missouri Bank hired Stephen Bishop as its chief operations officer. He comes from Jack Henry & Associates Inc., where Bishop spent seven years as director of client services. He holds a bachelor’s in finance and economics from Missouri Southern State University, as well as a master’s in technology change management and project management, and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
The Evangel University Alumni Board of Directors issued five 2020 alumni awards: Rebecca Donaldson, principal of Weller Elementary School, was named Distinguished Alumna, recognizing contributions to a chosen field, church, community, state, nation or to the university. She’s a 1982 graduate with a bachelor’s in elementary education.
Kelsey Bardwell, a general practice attorney in Arkansas, received the Outstanding Young Alumna. She’s a managing partner with Sprott, Golden & Bardwell in Harrison, Arkansas, and in 2018 won the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Rising Star Award. Bardwell is a 2003 graduate with a bachelor’s in management and marketing.
John Easter was honored as the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Alumnus of the Year for his work overseeing the AG’s Africa’s Hope and the Association for Petecostal Theological Education in Africa. He is also vice chancelor of the Pan-Africa Theological Seminary and an associate professor of intercultural studies for Evangel and AGTS. Easter received a bachelor’s in Bible studies from Central Bible College in 1995 and a doctorate in international studies from AGTS in 2011.
Steve Pulis, Convoy of Hope’s senior director of community events, received the Distinguished Alumnus from CBC for community contributions. He earned a bachelor’s in missions and Bible studies and an associate degree in music from CBC in 1990.
The Rev. Saehee Duran was honored as Outstanding Young Alumnus by CBC for her work as lead pastor of Life360 Intercultural Church in Springfield, the national training director at the Assemblies of God Network of Women Ministers and a volunteer chaplain with the Springfield Police Department. She’s a 2013 graduate from CBC, with a bachelor’s in Bible/theology, and in 2016 earned a master’s in leadership in Christian ministries from AGTS.
The city of Nixa hired Garett Tyson as director of the Planning and Development Department. Tyson worked for 10 years as the city of Republic’s community development director and has consulted for municipalities as the founder of CivicMinded Consulting.
The Missouri Public Utility Alliance presented Nixa City Council Member Scott Perryman with its Public Official Award for his participation in municipal utility issues. He is a member of MPUA’s Legislative Committee, where he’s advocated for local control of municipal utilities, the federal budget for hydropower and its agencies, pole attachment legislation and regional water supply. Also, Perryman was appointed earlier this year to serve a year on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council, which meets in Washington, D.C., and visits with elected representatives and congressional staff to support APPA’s national agenda for public power.
A health care worker became a first-time business owner; a home baker decided to pursue a longtime dream of starting her own business; and Springfield-based Premier Choice Tax and Accounting Solutions LLC expanded its reach in Greene County.
Aaron Elliott never imagined he would get into medical device or create a self-defense fitness-based business. Now the co-owner of F8 Fitness and Self-Defense at the age of 46, he says Dr. Seuss nailed it on the head with “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” He says as long as you have the passion for it, you can do anything.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager of Arvest Bank Steve Kelly says now is the time to start looking at your financial situation—such as where you can cut back or prepare yourself for economic recovery.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …