KPM CPAs PC hired Garrett Bacon and Emily Hopkins as staff accountants in the firm’s audit department. They both previously served as interns and have bachelor’s degrees in accounting from Missouri State University.
Banking and Finance
Legacy Bank and Trust hired Mindy Wiseman as senior vice president and chief credit officer. She’s worked in banking since 2005, mostly in commercial lending and credit operations. Wiseman is responsible for the credit quality of Legacy Bank’s portfolio, as well as lending processes and credit team training.
Simmons Bank promoted Allan Ivie to regional president of wealth management for its markets in Missouri and Kansas. He oversees trust teams in Springfield and Columbia, and is spearheading new trust teams in Kansas City, St. Louis and Wichita, Kansas. Ivie has 40 years of industry experience in the St. Louis market.
Travis Toliver was named area vice president and general manager for U.S. Cellular’s southwest region. He leads sales and operations for corporate-owned and agent retail locations in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. With 17 years of experience, he previously was regional sales director for Comcast in Houston, Texas.
Ozarks Technical Community College promoted Dustin Childress to president for education centers, overseeing operations of the campuses in Republic, Waynesville, Fort Leonard Wood and Lebanon. Childress began teaching at OTC in 2007 and he previously oversaw the operations of the OTC Lebanon Center starting in 2013. Most recently, Childress was dean of three education centers.
Ozark School District received a clean audit report for fiscal 2020 from independent auditor KPM CPAs PC. The 58-page report indicated the district ended the year with a “solid and stable” fund balance of approximately 28% and did not lay off or furlough any staff during the pandemic and a tough economic environment.
Three Springfield-area state representatives were selected to chair committees in the Missouri House of Representatives: Curtis Trent, R-Springfield, the Committee on General Laws; Mike Stephens, R-Bolivar, the Committee on Health and Mental Health Policy; and Jered Taylor, R-Republic, the Special Committee on Government Oversight. In all, 41 committee chairs were announced.
Missouri Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, was chosen to chair the Senate Small Business and Industry Committee that reviews legislation regarding the ownership and operation of small businesses. As a state representative, he previously chaired the House Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing.
CoxHealth promoted Nursing Director Beth Polivka to chief nursing officer, succeeding Karen Kramer. She has 25 years of nursing experience and joined CoxHealth as a staff nurse in 2004. Polivka’s also served as nursing project coordinator and administrative director of nursing, overseeing the women and children’s service line. Kramer had served in both the CNO and chief hospital officer roles the past year.
Jonathon Bradtke joined Burgess Aircraft Management and OzAir Charter Services as a line pilot. A native of Australia, he served in the Royal Australian Air Force and most recently piloted regional planes for ExpressJet Airlines. In addition to flying aircraft, Bradtke assists Burgess Aircraft and OzAir with developing new helicopter operations.
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.