Abacus CPAs LLC made several promotions: Sam Shafer to adviser, Shuhan Gu and Cristian Rath to senior consultants, Sabrena Shipley to senior analyst, Shirley Hofschulte to senior client support specialist and McKenna Sweet to senior administrative assistant. Shafer, an Army veteran, joined Abacus in 2015 and supervises the tax department. Gu joined Abacus in 2017 and works in the Branson office, while Rath has worked five years at the firm in the traditional tax department. Starting her third year with Abacus, Shipley works in the traditional tax department. Hofschulte, a Navy veteran who works in the firm’s transportation division, joined Abacus in 2016. Sweet’s been on board since 2018 and provides support to the tax department and payroll services.
Joe Cotter rejoined BKD LLP as a director in the firm’s national tax services division in Dallas after stints with PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. He started with BKD as an intern and later served as a senior accountant.
Joyce Ennis, of Cassville, was appointed as the Barry County Clerk. She’s served as deputy clerk since 2018 and previously worked 25 years as an administrative assistant in the Cassville school district.
Steve Maples, of Ozark, was appointed to the Missouri Veterans Commission. He works as a municipal court security officer for the city of Ozark and as a deputy sheriff in the reserve division of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. Previously, Maples served as director of the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield and was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard for 29 years before retiring at the rank of master sergeant.
Teresa Calhoun was hired as a marketing and multiline insurance representative for State Farm agent Clint Harris. She has 30 years of marketing and sales experience, previously working as a sales representative for the Springfield Cardinals and as marketing director for Great Southern Bank.
Longitude partner and Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Wells was selected to the Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association’s Education Committee. The 15-member committee develops educational courses for independent hoteliers.
Developmental Center of the Ozarks added 2021-24 board members Caleb Hatz of Missouri State University’s Bear POWER, Erica Gaynor of Ollis/Akers/Arney, Matt Lemmon of Burrell Behavioral Health and Doug Twigger of Rich & Cartmill Inc. Newly elected executive officers are President Dan Malachowski of Baron Financial Group, Vice President Melissa Higbie of Esterley Schneider & Associates Inc., Treasurer Greg Horton of Integrity Home Health Care LLC and Secretary Lindsey Lund of Bass Pro Shops.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri added board members Amy Amason of Lead Philanthropy, Camille Knowles of HR Advantage, Kim Rippy of Mid-West Family Broadcasting and Susan Yaktine of Northwestern Mutual Insurance Life Insurance Co. Newly elected board officers are President Tony Hopkins of Springfield Builders Inc., Vice President Kim Cash of Regent Bank, Secretary Jennifer Hargis of Evans & Dixon LLC and Treasurer Jeffrey Schmitt of Hagan, Tucker, Schmitt & Gintz LLC.
Enactus hired Christopher Smith as chief financial officer to lead internal and external reporting, audit, tax and financial systems. He most recently worked as CFO for nonprofit GiveGab Inc. and as vice president of finance and corporate control for Quirky, a crowd-sourced consumer products company.
Drive-thru coffee shop Bigfoot Coffee Co. LLC opened; a pair of Springfield attorneys launched medical marijuana certification clinic The Med Card Co. LLC; and husband-and-wife owners Ryan and Lesley Day debuted their first business venture with the opening of The Farmhouse on Boone Cafe LLC.
Andrea Petersberg, owner of the Local Bevy, says the appeal of a local store holds a lot of value for people in and outside of Springfield. Petersburg says being a supporting part of the local connection for artists is important for her.
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, shares his story on how he left his job in the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now 60 years old and with signature character to his photography and business, he says he still is a 15-year-old boy with a camera.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, gives her advice for maintaining good relationships with clients. Drawing on her experience working with customers coast to coast, Thomas says equity and fairness are some of the best ways to build trust and respect.
Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
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.