Arvest Bank hired Mandy Anthes as a commercial banker. With 14 years of banking experience, she’s responsible for generating, evaluating and approving commercial loans. Anthes has a bachelor’s in business management from Missouri State University.
BancorpSouth Bank promoted Chrys Craig to first vice president-loan officer and Nickie Bland to vice president-loan officer. With each more than 20 years of financial industry experience, they serve on the Premier Banking team providing concierge-style banking to clients with specialized needs.
Nixa Public Schools teacher Sarah Miesner and Springfield Public Schools teacher Jean Lawson were selected as regional teachers of the year through a program by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Miesner previously was named Nixa’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, as was Lawson in the Springfield district. Both are now among 32 teachers in the state eligible to compete for the Missouri Teacher of the Year in the fall.
Tamara Stine, the numeracy coach at Springfield’s Bowerman Elementary School, visited the White House to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. One of 108 K-6 science and math teachers nationwide selected, she was the lone representative from Missouri. Stine received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Central High School debate teacher Jack Tuckness was inducted into the 2018 National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame. He’s taught at Central for 19 years, turning a 12-student program into currently more than 200. Tuckness previously coached speech and debate at Kickapoo High School.
Trust Healthcare Consulting Services CEO Torrey Barnhouse was named among the Top 50 CEOs of small and midsize businesses in the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award. The job and recruiting site ranked him No. 41 with a 96 percent approval rating.
Metro Woman Magazine received the Clarion Award in the Magazine Series or Special Section, External Publication category for its rebranding and growth strategy. Publisher Angela Frizell will be recognized at the Association for Women in Communications’ 2019 national conference.
The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau earned reaccreditation from Destinations International during the group’s annual convention in Anaheim, California. The Destinations Marketing Accreditation Program reviews governance, finance, management, membership, market intelligence and other industry standards. The CVB earned DMAP accreditation in 2009 and must reapply every four years.
Lost & Found Grief Center elected its fiscal 2019 board officers: Chairman Ron Prenger, senior vice president and chief hospital officer at CoxHealth; Vice Chairman Gary Leonard, a Steak ‘n Shake franchisee; Secretary Shannon Nagy, a community volunteer; and Andrea Stevens, a manager at Elliott, Robinson & Co. The center also added Joe Johnson, general counsel of International Dehydrated Foods, and David Stotelmyer, a managing director at BKD LLP, as board members.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri hired Tish Boothe as human resources director. She’s the organization’s first in that position and supports 100 employees in nine offices. With 13 years of experience, Boothe previously managed HR for Gardner Capital and has a bachelor’s in international business management from Missouri State University.
Crave Cookie Dough owners eye store No. 2 as they enter the second year in business.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
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.