BKD LLP promoted Brandon Smith to the senior consultant II position and Catherine Bennett, Sarah Brown, Caroline Cavanaugh and Tori Cross to the senior associate II level. Smith, who consults with clients in various industries, has a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in accountancy from Missouri State University. Bennett provides audit services in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and community health center industries; she earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Brigham Young University-Hawaii and an MBA from MSU. With a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks, Brown provides tax assistance to BKD’s not-for-profit and private client services industry teams. Cavanaugh, who provides audit services to construction companies and for employee benefits plans, has a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks and a master’s in accountancy from MSU.
Ozark School District principals Kim Fitzpatrick and Anna Thurman were recognized for their work by Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. Fitzpatrick, the principal of South Elementary the past 14 years, was named Distinguished Principal of the Year for meeting high standards in instruction, student achievement, character and climate for students, families and staff. Thurman, the East Elementary Principal since 2019, was selected as Exemplary New Principal for the Southwest Region for contributions to the community and education profession.
Springfield-based Enactus elected Gonzalve Bich, CEO of Societe BIC SA in France, as board chair and Carl Carande, the global head of advisory at KPMG International, as a director. Bich succeeds Kees Kruythoff, chairperson and CEO of The Livekindly Co., who served two terms as chair.
NAMI Southwest Missouri Inc. named the Springfield Police Department as Community Partner of the Year for assisting to meet the needs of its mental health clients.
Eden Village honored SPD Cpl. Mike Evans with the 2020 #NoOneSleepsOutside Award for his service to the homeless community. Evans is credited with reuniting a homeless individual with his family and ending his homelessness.
Gov. Mike Parson appointed several southwest Missouri businesspeople to state boards and commissions: Dr. Gabriel Cline, of Springfield, to the State Committee of Psychologists; Dr. Ann Rost, of Marshfield, to the State Committee of Psychologists; Stacie Scrivner, of Mount Vernon, to the Missouri Dental Board; and Amy Strauss, of Springfield, to the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects. Cline owns Psych Associates LLC, a counseling firm he founded in 2017. He’s also worked as a psychologist for Neuropsychological Associates of Southwest Missouri and the Child Trauma Treatment Center in Joplin, and earned a master’s in counseling psychology from University of Kansas and a doctorate in counseling psychology from University of Nebraska. Rost is a professor and assistant psychology department head at MSU, and holds a master’s in clinical psychology from North Dakota State University and a doctorate in psychology from University of Kansas. Scrivner is a learning specialist in academic services for Kansas City University and has worked as a clinical dental hygienist for 14 years, as well as the chair of the dental hygiene department at Missouri Southern State University. She has an associate degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor’s in health sciences from Missouri Southern State University, as well as a master’s in education from William Woods University. Strauss is retired from City Utilities of Springfield, where she managed power generation engineering, among other roles over a 27-year career. She also has chaired Missouri University of Science and Technology’s civil engineering department’s advisory council and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T.
With two new buildings under construction – a 144,000-square-foot preengineered metal building and an 8,000-square-foot office building – remanufacturing company SRC Holdings Corp. is expanding its Logistics division.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, offer the Bible as a part of our booked series. The Meinsens discuss how they feel the Bible impacts their perspective on their day to day operations.