KPM CPAs PC promoted accountant Hannah Montgomery to supervisor. With five years of accounting experience, she provides audit services and serves on the employee benefit plan team. Montgomery holds a bachelor’s in accounting and finance from Drury University.
Banking and Finance
Guaranty Bank hired Brandon Wardenburg as a vice president and senior credit officer. He has 15 years of industry experience, with stints locally as a credit analyst for Central Bank of the Ozarks and U.S. Bank, and most recently as senior commercial portfolio manager for Denver-based Sunflower Bank. Wardenburg holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and marketing management from Missouri State University.
Drury Law Enforcement Academy Director Tony Bowers earned the 2020 Distinguished Staff Service Award. He was recognized by the university for building the academy’s reputation throughout southwest Missouri, leading to quality employment outcomes for graduates. Bowers leads and recruits for three academy classes a year.
MSU received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and improve computer science education in elementary grades at rural schools. The funds are expected to provide the tools, curriculum and technology to support 150 teachers and 13,500 students. MSU was among 20 awards out of over 1,000 grant applicants in the federal Education Innovation and Research program.
Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. and Discovery Center of Springfield Inc. was awarded $315,250 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide STEM education for children in low-income families. The funds are dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on, seated models in the partnership between OACAC and Discovery Center.
Mary Meyer Keyes, of Springfield, was appointed to the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Board. She’s a relationship manager for Affinity Wealth Partners and previously worked as a client associate for Merrill Lynch. With a bachelor’s in communications from Drury, Keyes also served as chief of staff to former Missouri first lady Melanie Blunt.
Dr. Mark Walterskirchen joined Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Urology Surgical Clinic staff. As a urology surgery specialist, he is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Walterskirchen attended medical school at University of Washington and completed a urology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
The Bark Yard dog park and bar concept launched; Charity Fent Cake Design LLC moved; and a pair of business owners collaborated on opening The Hidden Hut LLC.
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Heather Kite, owner of startup business Rooted Deep Farms, talks about tough times during the winter of 2020-2021. She says determination was a necessary component that kept her going.
Jeramey and Julia Henson, co-owners of HM Dentworks Academy, discuss the importance of family in work-life balance. They say you can’t make up for the major life events. HM Dentworks Academy is also co-owned by Chris McWhirter.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistry Pottery, talks about her struggle with PXE, or Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a disease that affects the eyes. She says that despite her struggle, she is ultimately thankful.
Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, say the past year has been one of the toughest they have faced. Now in the company's 50th year, the couple says they learned a few things in 2020.
Charlie Rosenbury, president of Self-Interactive, calls on his experience in programming to illustrate lessons he has learned running a business and life in general. Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas is presented by Great Southern Bank.
Darline Mabins talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about growing up after a tragic accident took the lives of her mother and older brother. Mabins is now the regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank. No Ceiling is an SBJ podcast, going in depth with local women, sharing their journey to the top of their professions.
Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.