Banking and Finance
Guaranty Bank added Kristy Chastain as vice president and commercial relationship manager. She has 13 years of banking experience and most recently served as chief operating officer for Springfield Sign. Chastain earned a bachelor’s in mathematics from Missouri State University.
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Jon Fulp as assistant vice president and commercial lender and Jason Ball as assistant vice president and commercial lender. With a bachelor’s in finance from Drury University and an MBA from Missouri State University, Fulp develops and manages commercial loan portfolios. Ball is responsible for developing and managing commercial loan portfolios in Christian County.
Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Brittney Mickelson to vice president and loan operations manager, Jeff Jones to vice president and commercial loan officer, and Melanie Setser to vice president and relationship manager. Mickelson has 14 years of experience in banking. With 10 years working in financial services, Jones is responsible for developing new commercial loan relationships and servicing current customer accounts. Setser is manages and assists clients with their personal banking.
Solera Energy LLC added Kris Standiford as its first director of marketing. Previously working as a senior account executive for Mid-West Family Broadcasting, she handles Solera Energy’s brand awareness in the local market.
Drury University was honored by the Council for Advancement and Support for Education for its fundraising efforts in the 2017-19 fiscal years. The annual award recognizes exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to CASE Voluntary Support of Education.
College of the Ozarks named Weston Wiebe as chief operating officer. He started at the college as a professor before transitioning to vice president for vocational programs in 2019. Wiebe, a C of O alumnus, manages day-to-day operations in his new role.
Stange Law Firm PC added family law attorney Graham Berryman as an associate attorney. He has 20 years of legal experience, including document reviewer for Consilio Services and assistant city counselor and legal investigator for the St. Louis City Counselor’s office. Berryman earned a Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University.
The Springfield-Greene County Library District received a $640 grant for its program series, Death & Dying: Conversations on End-of-Life Matters, from the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks. It is the fourth grant awarded to the library district by the foundation for supporting end-of-life matters.
Springfield City Council reappointed Cindy Waites and Emily Denniston to the Springfield-Greene County Public Library Board with terms to expire in July 2023. Waites works as director of administration at Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, and Denniston is vice president of public affairs for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Council appointed Felicia Morgan and Jamie Holstein to the Airport Board, with terms to expire in June 2023, and also reappointed Jaimie Trussell, Michael Hoppman, Joe Carmichael and Catherine Moore. Morgan is a senior vice president at Arvest Bank, and Holstein is a real estate agent with Murney Associates LLC. Trussell is the chief development officer and vice president of marketing and communications with Adult & Teen Challenge USA, and Hoppman is an insurance agent with Mutual of Omaha; their terms expire in June 2022. Carmichael is president and manager of Carmichael and Neal PC, and Moore practices law at Kirkland, Woods & Martinsen LLP. Their terms expire June 2023.
A health care worker became a first-time business owner; a home baker decided to pursue a longtime dream of starting her own business; and Springfield-based Premier Choice Tax and Accounting Solutions LLC expanded its reach in Greene County.
Aaron Elliott never imagined he would get into medical device or create a self-defense fitness-based business. Now the co-owner of F8 Fitness and Self-Defense at the age of 46, he says Dr. Seuss nailed it on the head with “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” He says as long as you have the passion for it, you can do anything.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager of Arvest Bank Steve Kelly says now is the time to start looking at your financial situation—such as where you can cut back or prepare yourself for economic recovery.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …