BKD LLP was recognized as a Silver LearningElite organization by Chief Learning Officer magazine. The seventh time being recognized by the publication since 2014, BKD ranked No. 32 among 59 finalists for exemplary workforce development practices.
Banking & Finance
Springfield First Community Bank added Charloute Marmouget as assistant vice president banking center manager. She has 12 years of experience in banking, finance and investments. A native of the Philippines, Marmouget is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for growth, as well as overseeing risk and operations.
SFC Bank directors elected Emily Givens and Abe McGull to join the board. Givens is executive director of Lost and Found Grief Center and is a member of the Hickory Hills Country Club Board, while McGull serves on Springfield City Council and operates The McGull Law Firm.
Arvest Bank hired Jason England as executive vice president and loan manager for the Springfield area. In his 23-year career at Arvest, he previously served as commercial loan manager in Bentonville, Arkansas. England is a graduate of the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas and holds a bachelor’s in business administration and management from U of A.
Legacy Bank added Rachel West as vice president and retail banking manager-Springfield, Christy Maupin and Sarah Smith as retail officers, Isaac Lasater as a commercial loan officer, Breann Helms as an executive loan assistant and Taylor Matney as a commercial lending assistant. Veteran bankers West, Maupin and Smith previously worked for SFC Bank. Lasater has worked in banking since 2016 and developed a niche in real estate loans, while Helms has worked at OakStar Bank since joining the field in 2010. Matney has experience at U.S. Bank and OakStar Bank, primarily in consumer lending.
The Missouri State University Board of Governors honored six staff and faculty members for excellence in public affairs: Tara Benson, director of student engagement and associate director of Plaster Student Union; David Hall, director of university safety; Travis Schilla, coordinator of leadership development and programming in residence life, housing and dining services; Judith Martinez, assistant professor of modern and classical languages; Gary Meints, associate professor of chemistry; and Caryn Saxon, senior instructor of criminology. Each receives a $1,500 internal grant for travel and/or projects related to their public affairs endeavors.
MSU ranked No. 13 out of 25 Most Affordable Master’s Programs identified by Online U. The Most Affordable Online College rankings are based on manually researched tuition rates from over 40,000 online programs at 737 colleges.
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the opening of La Habana Vieja; independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office; and a veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.