BKD LLP Chief Operations Officer Eric Hansen was honored as a Distinguished Eagle Scout for commitment to community improvement and career achievement. He was nominated by the Ozark Trails Council and confirmed by the National Eagle Scout Association.
BKD added Dan Prater as a senior managing consultant. He previously was the founding director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Drury University and has 20 years of experience in nonprofit research, education and consulting.
Benny Fong, an assistant professor of graduate education and statistics at Southwest Baptist University, presented at the International Christian Educator Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He presented findings from his workshop, “Factors Influencing Retention of Gen Y and Non-Gen Y Teachers Working at International Schools in Asia.”
Gov. Mike Parson appointed Scott Fitzpatrick as state treasurer, succeeding Eric Schmitt, who was named attorney general. Fitzpatrick, who founded Shell Knob boat dock manufacturer MariCorps US LLC, has represented Barry County and portions of Stone and Lawrence counties in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Ozarks Neurological Foundation Inc. donated $25,000 to the CoxHealth Foundation to benefit the CoxHealth ALS Clinic. The funds were raised at the ONF Golf Tournament at Highland Springs Country Club.
The Darr Family Foundation handed out over $155,464 to nonprofits during its fall 2018 grant cycle. Among the recipients were Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, Care to Learn, Children’s Smile Center CSC, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, Discovery Center, Drew Lewis Foundation, Good Dads, Lafayette House, Missouri State University Foundation, Newborns in Need, Ozarks Area Community Action Corp., Ozarks Food Harvest, Pregnancy Care Center and the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks.
Ozarks Literacy Council named Amy Jardell as executive director. She oversees fundraising and community relations, as well as office, financial and grant management. She previously worked in development for The Child Advocacy Center.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. awarded $60,000 in diversity and inclusion grants to Drury University and Grupo Latinoamericano, Foster Adopt Connect Inc. and Fresh Start Furnishings, Friends of the Timmons Temple, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield NAACP, The Glo Center, Promo, Springfield Black Tie and Commercial Street Community Improvement District, Missouri State University and Facing Racism Institute, and MSU and the Springfield-Greene County African-American Heritage Trail. Those entities grouped together are collaborative efforts, with the first listed as the lead entity.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Inc. named John Farmer da la Torre director of communications and marketing, Riley Daniels as senior director of social enterprise and Heather Cribbs as office manager and executive assistant. Farmer da la Torre is a former photojournalist, financial marketing executive at AIG in New York City and Latin America, and financial adviser at UBS Wealth Management in Los Angeles. Daniels has 20 years of experience in retail, including stints at Bass Pro Shops and Home Depot. Cribbs has worked in finance and customer service management, and she earned a Juris Doctor from Concord Law School at Purdue University Global.
First entering the Springfield market 15 years ago, Kum & Go LC’s local construction activity is hard to miss these days.
Learn how customer surveys and the Amazon business model inspired Curtis Millsap to find technology to give his customers a better Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program experience at Millsap Farms. His intention was to create a better product for his customers, but discovered it also opened up new markets for the small family-owned agribusiness.
Michael Doss of Emerson Park didn't want to take away from the company's candle sales, while developing a grooming line. So he and his wife are working to build a new brand Wilder & Co. They started building the new brand on social media first with the entire product line eventually moving under the new brand.
Jumping in to lead a team that is already in place can be a challenge in sports and in business. Dana Ford, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Missouri State University says it's important to keep all …
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Why would an employee ever turn down a $200 a month raise? Jody Dow with The Springfield Dream Center explains the “Cliff Effect” that exists in the state of Missouri for people who are employed and on state or federal assistance. “You may be getting $500 in food stamps, and your raise is only increasing your pay that month by $200. Well, that’s a $300 discrepancy.” In the state of Missouri, assistance is all or nothing. The Dream Center helps workers in this situation learn how to prepare for in advance for a pay increase that results in a gap in monthly income.
Jason Gage, City Manager for the City of Springfield, says he wants coworkers to enjoy their job, take ownership, as well as understand and fulfill the mission. Gage says the problem in trying to …
“I’ve had a lot of employees that have given their two weeks notice and it was over things that I didn’t even know about, ” says Lauren Brown, Co-owner of Neighbor’s …
Rob Keck, Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops, says whether it’s a child negotiating with their parents for an allowance or partnering with some one to meet a goal, we all make deals. Keck …
Mark Walker, a local CEO and a member of the Drury University Board of Trustees, says employers are increasingly seeking college graduates who have some kind of meaningful real-world, hands-on …
“When I started this, I realized, number one, I have to have grit. I have to be able to know it’s a tough road,” says Julie Higgins, CEO of I Pour Life. Higgins says you shouldn’t focus on …