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.
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 …