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Newsmakers: Jan. 23-29, 2012

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Banking
Scott Mitchell joined Empire Bank as vice president and mortgage sales manager. With 27 years of banking experience, Mitchell is responsible for managing the production, training, education and development of the loan origination sales staff.

Education
The Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics honored Southwest Baptist University math professor Bob Glasgow with the 2011 Post-Secondary Outstanding Teacher Award at an awards ceremony in Columbia.

The Musgrave Foundation contributed $10,500 to Missouri Colleges Fund to underwrite scholarships at member schools including Evangel, Drury and Southwest Baptist universities.

Government
Springfield Director of Building and Development Services Chris Straw received the President’s Award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield. Straw received the award for his customer service and for accepting input from the local business development community. Straw, a city employee since 1999, was named BDS director in July.

The Springfield Fire Department was awarded a $564,812 Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funds, which require a 20 percent match, will be used to purchase hydraulic extrication equipment and place sprinkler equipment in the Fire stations that do not have them.

Hospitality
Jessica Baker, lead housekeeper with Candlewood Suites South, was named the Best of the Best of Lead Housekeepers by the Intercontinental Hotels Group Candlewood Suites brand. This award is given to one Candlewood Suites lead housekeeper each year. Baker has been with the company for eight years.  

Insurance
Connell Insurance President Tim Connell joined the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Connell is the chamber’s first board director from the Branson/Hollister area.

Manufacturing
Askinosie Chocolate logistics manager and financial analyst John Waldo received the Certified Quality Process Analyst designation by the American Society for Quality. Waldo, who holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joined Askinosie Chocolate in 2007.

Marketing
Matt Case joined DustShield LLC as sales and marketing manager. Case leads marketing, sales, branding, research and development strategies for DustShield, a division of American Products of Strafford. He worked previously with Alltech in Lexington, Ky., and the Springfield News-Leader.

Nonprofit
Boys & Girls Town of Missouri named Jeff McNatt and Rob Turner to its regional advisory board. McNatt is community president of Simmons First National Bank, and Turner is a senior credit officer with Great Southern Bank.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri received a $10,000 grant from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as part of the retailer’s recent holiday donation campaign. On the fifth day of the 12 Days of Giving campaign, Wal-Mart awarded $130,000 to 13 nonprofits that are working to restore communities after natural disasters.

The Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri received an Outstanding BBB Award from the Council of Better Business Bureaus at an awards ceremony in Seattle. The local BBB, one of six bureaus honored for special projects, was recognized for its Car Care for Women event.

The Hamels Foundation named Kelly Anderson director of operations. Anderson worked previously as the director of financial services for the Children’s Miracle Network and brings nine years of fundraising experience.[[In-content Ad]]

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