Ryan Stewart joined Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective as an architect. A graduate of Drury University, Stewart has experience in K-12 educational, library, mixed-use, retail and renovation design, as well as comprehensive planning.
BKD CPAs PC promoted Valerie Kelsey and Lisa Chrisman to senior consultants. Kelsey, who has four years of accounting experience and eight years in the insurance industry, works with the firm’s long-term care unit. With a bachelor’s in accounting from Drury, Chrisman works on BKD’s hospital reimbursement team.
Banking & Finance
Jackie Humphreys, loan administration manager at Guaranty Bank, was promoted to vice president of the company’s operations center. With 17 years of banking experience, Humphreys joined Guaranty in 2013 and has a bachelor’s in business administration from Drury.
Forbes magazine ranked Arvest Bank as No. 266 on its 2018 list of America’s Best Large Employers. This is the second consecutive year for Arvest on the list of 500 companies with 5,000 or more employees.
The Nabholz Corp. hired Tim Potthoff as a project manager for its Springfield-based operations. With 13 years of experience, he most recently served as a project manager for Rich Kramer Construction Inc. and worked on Harmony House’s renovations and construction of Ozarks Technical Community College’s Workforce Development Center.
Springfield Public Schools named Bill Powers as principal of Kickapoo High School. He will succeed Kelly Allison, who is retiring July 1. Powers has served as principal of Cherokee Middle School and assistant vice principal of Study Middle School. He worked previously as a classroom teacher in Florida.
Dylan Newell accepted a full-time position as a structural designer and forensic investigator with Miller Engineering PC after passing the fundamentals of engineering exam. He recently earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Miller Engineering PC hired Shane Ferrell, Aleksey Pavlov, Steve Brumfield and Christina Kirby. Ferrell is a drafter and forensic investigator for the firm, with more than 30 years of commercial and residential construction experience. Pavlov, a forensic investigator and structural designer, has more than eight years of experience in the construction industry. Brumfield is an engineering technician with more than 28 years of design and drafting experience, and Kirby brings more than 10 years of experience in office management.
Dr. Eric Fulnecky was appointed to Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Infectious Disease Clinic in Bolivar. He is board certified by the American Board of Infectious Disease and attended medical school at Howard University of Medicine in Washington, D.C., with his residency completed in internal medicine at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Fulnecky previously worked for Mercy Clinic in Springfield.
Capt. Chad Eutsler and Lt. Bob Byrne of the Springfield Police Department completed the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation Command College Class VIII. The college provides officers with training in peace officer standards and continuing education.
Lt. E.J. Jones of the Branson Police Department completed an administrative officers course through the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He received the Director’s Award for Academic Excellence for achieving the highest GPA among 48 other command-level officers who completed the course.
Tonya Hammons was hired as executive director at the Republic Area Chamber of Commerce, ending a 23-year tenure at Commerce Bank. She most recently worked as a vice president and branch manager for Commerce. Hammons succeeds Andrea Banwart at the chamber.
The first of SBJ's forums detailing Economic Growth Survey results is held.
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.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder