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.
SBJ interviews the owner of David Potter Agency Inc.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.