BKD LLP promoted Nickie Johnson to senior consultant II. She is a member of the home care and hospice team that provides revenue cycle consulting for home health and hospice providers. Johnson has experience working with Medicare reimbursement and Medicaid plans in Arkansas and Kansas.
ADsmith Marketing & Advertising received three Telly Awards for video work for Old Missouri Bank and Harmony House. The company won a Gold Telly for Harmony House’s iCare campaign and two Silver Telly awards for The Journey and Connecting Our Communities for Old Missouri Bank. The awards, now in their 40th year, honor video and television across all screens.
Banking and Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks made five promotions: Jim Nacy to executive vice president-chief financial officer, Jo’Ann Montana to assistant vice president-banking center manager of the Glen Isle facility, Matt Good and Greg Ritchie to business development officers, and Katie Carlisle to assistant vice president-operations manager of business banking. Nacy has 30 years’ experience with Central Bank and oversees the accounting department, asset and liability management, interest rate management and regulatory reporting. Montana has 27 years of branch management experience. Good is responsible for building and strengthening new and existing business banking relationships. Ritchie matches businesses with banking solutions. Carlisle has been with the bank since 2007.
Guaranty Bank added Sara Coatney and Brandon Alsup to its human resources department. With five years’ experience in HR, Coatney joins as a talent acquisition specialist. Alsup, who began his banking career in 2008 as a teller and assistant personal banker with Great Southern Bank, works as a talent development specialist.
Nixa Public Schools Board of Education received the Missouri School Boards’ Association 2019 Governance Team Award based on commitment to professional development, regional and statewide leadership, and participation in legislative advocacy for public schools.
Bolivar Family Health Care Center added Daniel Ferguson of CMH Neurology Clinic. He practices in family medicine, wound care and therapeutic procedures. Ferguson holds a bachelor’s in nursing from Missouri State University and a master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
CoxHealth was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2019. The first-ever ranking by Forbes ranked CoxHealth at No. 18 in Missouri out of all industry types and the state’s No. 3 health system out of 156 hospitals based on an independent survey of 80,000 employees across the nation.
Medline Industries post-acute sales representative Brandon Adamick was named Representative of the Year for the Midwest Great Plains Region. He also received the President’s Club Award at a national sales meeting. Adamick has covered the Springfield area for the past three years.
Springfield Business Journal hired Kathryn Hardison as a reporter. She’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, with a minor in political science, and has experience as a state government reporter and editor for the Columbia Missourian. Hardison completed internships with SBJ and KPSR in Springfield, as well as Storyful, a social media newswire in New York.
U.S. Cellular Inc. promoted Eric Stuckemeyer to sales manager at its Glenstone store. He has worked with the company for the past year.
The Doula Foundation of Mid-America Inc. moved; Steve Albrecht opened Dr. Steve Albrecht Coaching Services; and Common Sleep LLC got its start.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.