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.
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