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Newsmakers: June 10-16, 2019

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Accounting
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.

Advertising
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.

Architecture
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.

Education
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.

Nonprofit
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.

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