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.
Revival 98 opened a dispensary; the 101st store for Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc. debuted; and Collectomaniacs card shop consolidated two stores in a move.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.