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Newsmakers: July 29-Aug. 4, 2019

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Advertising
Advertising Plus Inc. added Mitchell Kiser as sales associate. He graduated from Drury University in May with a bachelor’s in business and marketing. He is responsible for building new business and marketing strategies.

Architecture
BRP Architects added Jordann Wheatley as marketing coordinator and graphic designer and Chelsea Smith as an interior architecture intern. Wheatley graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s in graphic design and a minor in marketing, advertising and promotion. Smith received a master of interior architecture and product design degree from Kansas State University.

Construction
Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. promoted Jason Rode to branch manager and assistant vice president. With the company since 2006 as a project manager and assistant branch manager in Columbia, he now leads operations in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Health Care
CoxHealth Public Safety and Security System Director Eric Clay was honored with the Phillip A. Gaffney Faculty Chair Award. Given by the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety, the award is presented to individuals exemplifying and advancing purposes of the foundation through achievement in the profession. Clay has worked with CoxHealth since 2014.

The IAHSS also recognized CoxHealth as a Program of Distinction in 2019, the only Missouri health care system to receive the honor. To qualify, 70% of an organization’s security officers must hold a current basic, advanced or supervisor certification, along with the director or administrative leader. CoxHealth has 100% of its officers certified.

CoxHealth Emergency Medical Services attained International Academics of Emergency Dispatch status as an Accredited Center of Excellence for its use of the Medical Priority Dispatch System. CoxHealth is one of six emergency dispatch centers in Missouri to achieve the distinction. Accreditation is achieved through an intensive self-assessment based on the IAED’s Twenty Points of Accreditation.

Insurance
Connell Insurance Inc. promoted Casey Chastain, Jay Hickman and Tom Jensen to partners. Chastain is a senior professional in human resources, focused on reducing risk and capturing wasted dollars for employers through worker’s compensation, Affordable Care Act compliance and HR consulting. Hickman works with multiunit restaurant owners, waste haulers, large commercial property owners and large fleet auto clients. Jensen leads Connell’s employer benefits practice, including welfare arrangements, association health plans, risk analysis, cost reduction strategies, self-insured plan design and health care reform compliance.

Nonprofit
The Junior League of Springfield, Missouri Inc. installed four new officers to its 2019-20 board of directors: Nikki Holden, president; Courtney Hayes, president-elect; Tara Benson, secretary; and Mia Young, treasurer. JLS also added nine individuals to board seats: Rachel Fuhrman, Heather Goller, Stephanie Hesser, Rianne Hoos, Katie Moore, Allison Robertson, Stacy Schneider, Amie Squibb and Heather Trinca.

Transportation
Steve Campbell was named district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Southwest District. He began working for MoDOT in 1993 and has served as the 21-county southwest district’s construction and materials manager since 2011.

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