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Banking and Finance
Old Missouri Bank promoted Sheryl Asher to senior vice president of human resources. At the bank since 2016, she has assisted management in recruiting and hiring practices, succession planning, staff development, employee job satisfaction and staff retention.
Robert Stricklin, executive chef of The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks, received the Heart of the House award during the Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association’s annual Golden Fork Awards gala. With 40 years of culinary experience, Stricklin was honored for exceptional service as a back-of-the-house employee.
The Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association also awarded $1,500 scholarships to two College of the Ozarks students, Svetlana Volkova and Daniel Worley.
Stephanie Pape was named executive director of GYN Cancers Alliance. With nonprofit experience at United Way, The Kitchen Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters, she handles event planning, fundraising, overseeing client services and working with the board of directors.
Phoenix Home Care Inc. promoted Ursula Gorman to corporate director of human resources. She oversees a companywide risk management budget of $1.2 million and an employee benefits management budget of $3 million. She previously held the titles of human resources supervisor and HR manager.
Cox South’s Auxiliary Gift Shop won the Albert D. Maslia Award for merchandising displays from Burton and Burton at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Judges selected the gift shop for its creative use of space and a cohesive theme and detail.
CoxHealth physician assistant Missy Abramovitz earned the Certificate of Added Qualifications specialty credential in hospital medicine from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has seven years of experience in the hospital medicine specialty and 11 years overall in health care. Abramovitz recently completed a two-year term as the first PA elected to the Cox South Medical Executive Committee.
Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, was appointed to the Missouri Tourism Commission. The 10 members on the commission serve four-year terms, while overseeing policy and administration of tourism promotion through job creation, payroll, tax revenue and economic development.
Gov. Mike Parson named David Yancey as Greene County public administrator from an interim capacity. Yancey, who’s professional experience includes time as a law office administrator, a medical office administrator and as a medical office credit manager, held the county public administrator position from January 2009 to December 2016 when he retired.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks Inc. appointed Joselyn Baldner and Katherine Thompson to its board of directors. Baldner is an executive vice president and chief retail officer at Central Bank of the Ozarks. Thompson is a partner at Baird, Lightner, Millsap PC, practicing civil-rights and employment law.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.07 million to the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness. Member agencies receiving funds are Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Inc., Great Circle, Harmony House, Housing Authority of Springfield, Missouri Department of Mental Health and The Kitchen Inc. The funds will be used to support local homeless services during the next year with a focus on housing.
The Doula Foundation of Mid-America Inc. moved; Steve Albrecht opened Dr. Steve Albrecht Coaching Services; and Common Sleep LLC got its start.
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.