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Newsmakers: July 18-24, 2022

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Accounting
FORVIS LLP promoted Patrick Blevins, Josh Clark, Becca Faulconer, Justin Kim and Garett Rose to senior associates, and Felecia Drumright to manager. Blevins provides audit services and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University. Clark, who holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Evangel University, also provides audit services. With a bachelor’s in accounting from Drury University, Faulconer provides audit and consulting services. Kim, a member of the firm’s National Health Care Group, provides audit services and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU. Rose, who provides tax planning, accounting and consulting services, holds a bachelor’s in agriculture business from MSU, as well as a bachelor’s in accounting from Pittsburg State University. With a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks, Drumright provides audit, accounting and consulting services.

Architecture
Ball Architects PC added two architectural interns, Blake Hagedorn and Matt Koboldt, and a student architectural intern, Carson Lewellyn. Hagedorn and Koboldt each hold a master of architecture degree from Drury, and Lewellyn is in the master’s program at Drury.

Banking & Finance
Legacy Bank and Trust Co. hired Greg Wagner as senior vice president and chief retail banking officer and Bart Ellison as rural market president, both newly created roles. Wagner has 30 years’ experience in retail banking and previously served as retail banking executive for Gateway First Bank in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ellison, who has more than 21 years of banking experience, oversees lending in rural areas for Legacy Bank, including branches in Clinton, Mountain Grove and Sparta.

Communications
U.S. Cellular named Dustin Sherman as a store manager in north Springfield. He has eight years of wireless experience, most recently as a retail wireless consultant.

Engineering
Springfield Public Works Superintendent of Streets Colten Harris was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He’s worked for the city for 10 years, beginning as an intern, then full time in stormwater engineering, environmental services and construction inspection. Harris currently supervises 120 employees responsible for cleaning, construction, repair, maintenance and inspection of city streets, waterways, bridges, storm sewers and public grounds. He holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

 Law
Carnahan Evans PC lawyers John Carnahan III and Douglas Lee were named to the 2022 Missouri Lawyers Media Power List as top tax law and estate planning attorneys in Missouri. The list comprised 30 attorneys, and it was Carnahan’s second year in a row to be recognized.

Urban Planning
Brendan Griesemer, Springfield’s assistant planning and development director, was one of 53 planners inducted into the 2022 American Institute of Certified Planners’ College of Fellows at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in San Diego. He is the fourth Missouri planner to be inducted into the college and the first in southern Missouri. Griesemer, who joined the city in 1996 as a senior planner and was promoted to his current role in 2017, holds a bachelor’s in community and regional planning from MSU and a master’s in urban planning from the University of Kansas.

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