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Newsmakers: Feb. 26-March 3, 2024

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Accounting
Elliott, Robinson & Co. LLP promoted Brittany K. Hopp to partner, Marissa L. Randolph and Briana Bates to managers, Chanel K. Lontoc to supervisor, and Regan Fish to senior accountant. Hopp, a member of the taxation practice and leader of the valuations practice, holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration from Drury University. Randolph is a member of the employee benefit team and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Drury. Handling oversight of the firm’s accounting services practice, Bates holds a Master of Accountancy and a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University. A member of the employee benefit team, Lontoc holds degrees in accounting, finance and business management from Drury. Fish, a member of the audit practice, holds a Master of Accountancy and a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU.

Banking & Finance
The Goldsmtih Oplotnik Team with Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) was named to Forbes Magazine’s 2024 list of America’s Best-In-State Wealth Management Teams. In partnership with Shook Research, the rankings are based on best practices, client retention, industry experience and credentials, compliance records, assets under management and revenue.

Achieve Private Wealth of Ameriprise Financial Inc. earned the Ameriprise Client Experience Award for 2023. The firm was honored for consistent personalized and goal-based advice and is among practices that earned 4.9 to 5 ratings for client satisfaction.

Paula J. Dougherty, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial, was named to the list of Forbes’ Best-in-State Women Wealth Advisors. She was recognized for assets under management, industry experience, compliance records and best practices in working with clients.

Food service
Greg Helbig, director of operations at Hiland Dairy Foods Co. LLC, received the Dairy Leadership Award from the Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors for dedication and leadership in growing the dairy sector in Missouri. He’s worked 38 years in the industry, beginning in Hiland Dairy’s quality assurance lab in 1985 before advancing to plant supervisor, corporate quality control manager and his current role of overseeing Hiland’s 23 manufacturing facilities. Helbig also is president of the Missouri Dairy Products Association and has served the Missouri State Milk Board and QCS Purchasing Group.

Nonprofit
Good Dads Inc. hired Frank Tristan as assistant director. He’s taught and coached for 20 years, most recently as head football and strength coach for Willard High School and head football coach at Western New Mexico University. Tristan holds a bachelor’s in business education from Evangel University and a master’s in secondary administration from William Woods University.

The Southwest Missouri Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America named its 2024 officers and board members: President Drew Douglas, director of communications for the city of Nixa; President-elect Joel Alexander, media relations manager for City Utilities of Springfield; Secretary Charlotte Marsch, communications specialist for Citizens Memorial Hospital; Treasurer Mark Miller, college director of communications for Ozarks Technical Community College; Communications Director Macie Bequette, communications specialist for the city of Nixa; Membership Director Michelle Teter, media relations representative for Community Blood Center of the Ozarks; Student Liaison Mary Sue Hoban, director of communication and engagement at United Way of the Ozarks; and Past President Erin Hedlun, senior director of marketing and communications for Evangel University.

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