Dake Wells Architecture Inc. added Alex Reeves as design associate and Morgan Harper as student intern. Reeves earned his master’s in architecture, with minors in graphic design and fine arts, from Drury University. Harper is in her final year at Drury, working on a master of architecture with a minor in design in society.
Banking & Finance
Arvest Bank won a Silver Anvil Award for its 2018 1 Million Meals Campaign at a ceremony in New York. In raising 2.1 million meals last year, Arvest was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America in the category of Most Effective Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign.
Arvest Bank hired Stephanie Murphy as a commercial banker. With 11 years of industry experience, she specializes in health care, acquisitions, small-business and commercial real estate financing.
Commerce Trust Co. appointed Michael Kellermann as private client adviser to the trust and wealth management team in the Springfield office. With 23 years of financial experience, most recently as financial adviser at Regions Bank, he works with high-net-worth clients to build their wealth and meet financial goals.
Drury’s marketing and communications team earned two international awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for its work to promote the university. The team won gold for its 2018 “Go Beyond” brand video and silver for Your Drury Fusion, an academic experience combining life and career credentials for real-world experiences and mentorship.
Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center counselor Allen Waldo became a certified procurement professional. The CPP program, established by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, assesses one’s body of knowledge, work performed and success of clients. Waldo has helped secure government contracts for clients in southwest Missouri for five years.
CoxHealth added physicians Aaron Buzard, in family medicine; Gregory Kutter, emergency medicine; Courtney Wiese, OB-GYN; and John Yannucci, hospital medicine.
Citizens Memorial Hospital hired Dr. Trace Heavener. He attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and completed his residency in internal medicine at Texas A&M’s Baylor Scott & White Medical Center. He earned an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom.
The American Institute of Legal Counsel recognized estate planning attorney BJ Richardson as in the 10 Best Legal Counsel for Client Satisfaction for the second year in a row. The third-party rating organization publishes an annual list of the top estate planning attorneys by state, based on client and/or peer nominations, research and independent evaluation.
Jenfab Cleaning Solutions hired Kristen Tuter as quality manager. She previously performed quality management at Jarden Plastic Solutions, and her new responsibilities include developing new processes and procedures to streamline workflow and ensure product consistency.
Habitat for Humanity of Springfield received a $100,000 Neighborhood Revitalization grant from Republic Services National Neighborhood Promise Charitable Foundation. The money provides funding for new playground equipment at Lafayette Park in Woodland Heights.
Cary Prater of Keller Williams Greater Springfield was named the 2019 Cultural Ambassador for the Greater Heartland region of Keller Williams. He will be recognized this summer at Mega Camp 2019 in Austin, Texas.
Client and revenue growth at Seven Hills Veterinary Clinic fuels move to larger home.
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.
One year into opening Ellecor, Haden Long gave birth to her second daughter. The first five months of her life, she was with her constantly at work. "They're why we do this," Long explains.