KPM CPAs PC staff accountant Jessica Pearce completed the certified public accounting examination and earned her CPA license through the American Institute of CPAs. She started at the firm as an intern and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Missouri State University.
The Ozark Board of Education extended Superintendent Chris Bauman’s contract three years through the 2023-24 school year. With nearly 25 years of experience in education, he’s in his third year leading the Ozark district, which he’s served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of operations since joining in 1999. Bauman also has served with the Army National Guard in Iraq.
Philip Link was hired as Ozark Junior High School principal to succeed the retiring Jim Hubbard in the fall. Link has served as assistant principal since 2013 and has worked for the district since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s in middle school education from MSU, a master’s in education administration from Lindenwood University and an education specialist degree and doctorate from Southwest Baptist University.
State Sen. Lincoln Hough was appointed to the Missouri Tourism Commission and the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee. He will help oversee tourism promotion, as well as review health cost management, community health needs and duplication of services statewide.
Cameron Black, employee benefits adviser and director of corporate wellness consulting with Ollis/Akers/Arney, was named 2020 Wellness Adviser of the Year by national publication Employee Benefit Adviser. The awards recognize those who have been able to best respond to clients during the historic health care and financial crises in the past year.
Ellis, Cupps & Cole Law Firm partner David Cole, of Cassville, was appointed as circuit judge for the 39th Judicial Circuit. He fills the seat vacated by Jack Goodman’s appointment to the Southern District Court of Appeals. Cole holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Missouri Southern State University and a Juris Doctor from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Lawrence County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Kasper, of Mount Vernon, was appointed as associate circuit judge for the 39th Judicial Circuit. He succeeds Robert George, who retired. Kasper holds a bachelor’s in history and political science from Arkansas Tech University, a master’s in divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Juris Doctor from University of Arkansas.
Nixa promoted Public Information Officer Drew Douglas to director of communications. He joined the city in 2017 after eight years working in TV journalism, including a stint at KY3. Douglas manages public relations and strategic communications and will be hiring for a second position in the department. He has a bachelor’s in film and digital media production from Baylor University.
Faith Community Health elected six members to its board of directors: Mike Combs, principal with KC Hospitality Inc.; Babette Fogle, co-owner of Fogle Enterprises; Laurie Hayes, executive director of the Branson Area Lodging Association and the Springfield Hotel Lodging Association; Jeff Justus, president of L&J Plumbing Supply; Craig McCoy, president of Mercy Springfield Communities; and Steve Willoughby, principal of Willoughby Communications and general manager of Ozark Mountain Media Group.
Tanger Outlets Branson promoted Assistant General Manager Deidre McCormick to the new role of marketing director. She is responsible for managing marketing and partnerships, and promoting the center and its retailers and sponsorships. McCormick joined Tanger in 2011, following stints in marketing and community and economic development with Branson Airport and the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nixa-based Xtreme Exteriors reaches record $7.5M revenue in 2020.
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 …
John, Jason and Jeremy Chapman, owners of The Acoustic Shoppe, say the pandemic just accelerated retailers moving sales online. They say customers appreciate the convenience and it allows them to …
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director of the Discovery Center Springfield, says though she’s currently between mentors, they have been important in her professional development. She says the …