Abacus CPAs LLC promoted Cristian Rath and Wa Gao to senior accountants. Rath has worked in the tax department since 2015, and Gao joined the audit department in 2016.
ADsmith Marketing and Advertising added Joe Stearns as a video producer. Previously a freelance videographer, he now works with ADsmith senior video producer, account supervisors and clients to craft brand-specific commercials, web-based video content, professional photography and other visual messages.
Dake Wells Architecture Inc. student intern Addison Jones accepted a full-time position as an architect. He completed his master’s of architecture in 2017 from Drury University, where he worked on the Eden Village development as an architectural intern volunteer for The Gathering Tree.
Three projects by Arkifex Studios LLC were selected for Springfield American Institute of Architects Design awards. The Case Study Residence won the Merit Award, the Glade Residence won the Public Recognition Award, and the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch Apartments and Offices won the Unbuilt Award.
Banking and Finance
Branson Bank hired Larry Hurst as vice president and business development officer in the Stone County market. He has 40 years of industry experience and a bachelor’s in mathematics from Arkansas Tech University.
Arvest Bank hired Julie Simmons as senior vice president and regional sales manager for its treasury management division. With 23 years of banking experience, she works from Tulsa over branches in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.
The Ozark Board of Education hired Rinda Monroe as community resource coordinator, succeeding the retiring Michelle Lindsey. Monroe works with school staff to identify and coordinate resources to meet the needs of at-risk students through partnerships in the community. She previously worked as an administrative assistant at Ozark Middle School and joined the district in 2001 as a paraprofessional.
Drury University appointed Marilyn Harris as director of human resources, succeeding the retiring Scotti Siebert. Harris has 20 years’ experience in human resources, most recently with the Monarch Fire Protection District in Chesterfield.
Evangel Magazine won three national awards at the Evangelical Press Association’s annual conference in Oklahoma City. The publication won the Award of Excellence for Higher Ed (print) as the best Christian university magazine, the top EPA award for Publication Redesign and an Award of Merit for Most Improved (print). The magazine unveiled a new name and design in the fall.
The Downtown Springfield Association added Jennifer Moseley as events manager. She previously served as travel director of Affinity Worldwide LLC and has 10 years of experience in corporate meeting and event planning. Moseley coordinates DSA’s community events, including Artsfest, Cider Days and the Springfield Christmas Parade.
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.