KPM CPAs & Advisors hired Caleb Spangler and Mikaela Matlock as staff accountants and Kelly Engelking as an audit coordinator. Both providing audit services, Spangler has a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks and Matlock has a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University. In the audit department, Engelking helps schedule, prepare and process audit reports and billings.
NewStream Enterprises LLC added T.J. Fazio as senior staff accountant responsible for preparing financial reports and analyzing product costs, margins and inventories. He spent the last eight years in accounting roles with Jack Henry & Associates Inc. and Gardner Capital Inc.
BRP Architects added Alex Fernandez as a student architectural intern. A fifth-year architecture student at Drury University, he is scheduled to graduate in May with a master of architecture and minor in business administration.
Banking and Finance
Old Missouri Bank promoted Sheila Wyant to senior vice president of deposit operations. She oversees six team members and monitors the bank’s core system. With 27 years of banking experience, Wyant has worked 14 years at Old Missouri Bank.
The Bank of Missouri promoted David Cook to community bank president for Springfield, Republic, Ozark and Nixa, and Tim Scott to community bank president in Branson. Cook, who’s also a senior commercial lender, previously served as community bank president in Branson, where Scott was a commercial lender.
Terry Bloodworth of Springfield Hot Glass Inc. received the 2019 Tom Billionis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Downtown Springfield Association. Other annual DSA award winners were Locke & Stache, New Office of the Year; Craft Axe Throwing LLC, New Hospitality of the Year; Park Central Market, New Retailer of the Year; Pets & Pumpkins, New Downtown Event of the Year; Bret and Sheila McGowne, Good Neighbor Award; Ryan Wasson of Anvil Customs, Urban Legend-in-the-Making; Larry Askren, Volunteer of the Year; MSU, Developer of the Year; and Mother’s Brewing Co. LLC, Business of the Year.
Baird Lightner Millsap PC promoted Katherine Thompson to partner. She has worked for the firm for six years, primarily practicing insurance defense, civil rights and employment law.
City Utilities Transit named Jody Cooper as 2018 Driver of the Year. A CU Transit driver since May 2015, he was unanimously selected for the honor by a group of his peers.
TrailSpring Inc. named Brad Bennett as managing director. He has 20 years of nonprofit experience and founded Real Encounter Outreach Ministry Inc., which uses motorcycle, street bike and BMX stunts in outreach events. TrailSpring oversees Two Rivers Bike Park and builds multiuse trails in the Ozarks.
OATS Inc. added retired transit director Scott Kosky to its board of directors. He led OATS southwest operations for 27 years, and was a certified community transit manager, before retiring in 2013. Kosky is filling a seat vacated by Nolan McNeill in December and will serve until 2020.
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.