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.
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.