BKD LLP was honored with an Employees’ Choice Award by Glassdoor. The firm ranked No. 84 on Glassdoor’s 2021 Best Places to Work, based on anonymous employee reviews about their job, work environment and employer.
Springfield Ballet Inc. hired Maria Hall as its school principal. She is an alumna of the school and holds a bachelor’s in ballet, modern performance and choreography from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hall oversees Springfield Ballet’s programming, development and class instruction for students, and supports productions.
Guaranty Bank added Paul Cowherd as vice president and commercial relationship manager of its Ozark branch. His banking experience includes credit analysis work and commercial lending at Simmons Bank and Great Southern Bank.
Mid-West Family Broadcasting promoted Scott Ellis to assistant operations manager and program director for Q102 KQRA-FM and 92.9 The Beat KOSP-FM. He’s worked in programming and on air for Q102, and previously spent three years as program director for Power 96.5 KSPW-FM.
Southwest Baptist University added Rebecca Rankin and Jason Young to its faculty this semester. Rankin is an assistant professor of theater on the Bolivar campus. She earned a bachelor’s in theater studies and history from Hastings College and a master’s in costume design from Western Illinois University. Young is an instructor of radiography and the associate of science in radiography program coordinator on the Springfield campus. He has a bachelor’s in human services from Evangel University and a radiography certificate from Cox School of Diagnostic Imaging.
Missouri State University agriculture professor Benjamin Onyango was awarded a second fellowship from the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. He will travel to Kenya to work on curricula development related to agricultural practices with Kenya Assemblies of God East University.
Evangel University earned certification from the Excellence in Giving advisory firm for its transparency to donors in financial reporting. The school is among 600 foundations vetted and certified by EIG after the submission of 175 strategy, leadership, financial and impact data.
HR Advantage LLC hired Seth Bunn as a recruitment adviser. With 15 years of experience in recruitment, client services and career management services in the finance and education industries, he leads the firm’s recruitment division.
Alliant Insurance Services Inc. hired Tony Garavaglia as senior vice president of employee benefits and Lori Nilsen as first vice president of employee benefits. Working from the firm’s office in Chesterfield, their region covers Springfield, and Garavaglia is responsible for expanding the Alliant brand locally. He has 27 years of experience in health and welfare consulting, and working in mergers and acquisitions. Nilsen has 20 years’ experience in consulting and risk management, particularly with public entities and academic institutions.
The Michelle Cantrell Group at Murney Associates added Nancy Lawler and Clint Underwood as real estate agents. Lawler is transitioning from a career in education. Underwood has three years of real estate experience and specializes in farm and land sales.
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 …