Central Bank of the Ozarks added Eric Meruelo as a mortgage loan officer and promoted Ashley Lawler to financial adviser and assistant vice president. Meruelo has 30 years of experience in mortgage banking as a producing manager and loan officer. With nine years of banking experience, Lawler is responsible for making recommendations of investment products and services.
Old Missouri Bank promoted Compliance Officer Luke Hansen to a vice president position. A three-year employee, he ensures the bank’s policies, procedures and customer engagement resources are compliant with state and federal regulations.
Date Lady Inc.’s California Date Syrup and Askinosie Chocolate LLC’s Zamora, Amazonia Dark Chocolate Bar were chosen among 220 Good Food Awards winners at the ninth annual competition in San Francisco. A national panel of specialty food experts scored over 2,000 entries in blind tastings.
Ozark North Elementary Assistant Principal Morgan Kelly was nominated as an Outstanding Assistant Principal through the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. Kelly, who has been at the school for four years, will be honored at the 2019 MAESP Leadership Conference in March, along with an assistant principal from each of the state’s 11 regions.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, was selected to continue serving as chairman of the federal Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Since joining the Senate in 2011, he has served on the committee, which oversees matters relating to federal elections and rules, procedures and administration of the legislative chamber.
CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards was selected to serve as 2019 chair of the Missouri Hospital Association Board of Trustees for a one-year term. His duties include overseeing and directing activities of the MHA board, day-to-day advisory and testifying before committees of the Missouri General Assembly and U.S. Congress.
O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC was presented with Marriott Hotel Services Inc.’s Horizon Award for excellence in operations, development reliability on new properties and embodying the philosophy of Marriott International.
Tom Jensen of Connell Insurance Inc. became a certified human resources professional through the Society for Human Resources Management. A producer and consultant in benefits and commercial insurance, he has been with Connell for five years.
Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC affirmed its AA+ long-term rating on City Utilities of Springfield’s outstanding revenue bonds and CU’s AA long-term rating on outstanding certificates of participation.
Battlefield City Clerk Beth Anne West received certification as a professional city clerk from the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association. She will be recognized during the 2019 Spring Institute banquet.
Officer Mark Priebe of the Springfield Police Department was chosen as one of 88 law enforcement torch runners in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Representing the Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run organization, he has worked with Special Olympics Missouri since 2007.
Leadership Springfield added Ashley Clair as communications director. She handles marketing, social media and public relations, and also heads up programs. Clair previously served as community development manager for American Cancer Society-Southwest Missouri and worked in sales for Springfield Business Journal.
The first of SBJ's forums detailing Economic Growth Survey results is held.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder