Maria Martin, staff accountant at KPM CPAs PC, earned the certified public accountant designation from the American Institute of CPAs. Martin has two years of experience and provides tax services to clients in a variety of industries. She earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Southwest Baptist University.
Banking and Finance
Legacy Bank & Trust Co. hired Scott Tennison as senior vice president and director of guaranteed lending. He has 18 years of banking experience, most recently as vice president at Guaranty Bank. Tennison earned his bachelor’s in business management from Evangel University.
Springfield First Community Bank promoted six individuals: Whitney Morrow to executive vice president; Lisa Schuder to vice president of consumer lending; Eric Schmidt to vice president and credit department manager; Rachel West to vice president and branch and retail manager; and Ammy Annin and Rachelle Marlin to assistant vice presidents of commercial lending. Morrow, formerly head of the treasury management and marketing divisions, has 35 years of banking experience, and Schruder has worked for the bank since 2008. Schmidt formerly held the position of assistant vice president and credit department manager, while West formerly was banking center manager and has been with the bank for five years.
Forbes ranked Great Southern Bancorp Inc. and Arvest Bank among the Top 10 U.S. banks on its list of the World’s Best Banks for 2020. Great Southern placed No. 6 and Arvest No. 7, ranked on general satisfaction, trust, fees, financial advice and other attributes from 40,000 surveyed customers. Six other banks operating in the Springfield area also placed: No. 19 Simmons Bank; No. 44 UMB Bank; No. 47 Regions Bank; No. 57 U.S. Bank; No. 62 Commerce Bank; and No. 64 BancorpSouth.
The Engineering News-Record ranked Nabholz Inc. No. 103 on its list of the Top 400 Contractors, up 10 spots from the previous year. The national list, ranking both private and public companies, is based on revenue for services performed in the previous year. Nabholz has ranked in the Top 400 every year since 1986.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appointed Joseph Passanise to the state’s Tourism Commission. The five-member group meets quarterly to advise on state tourism promotion, job creation and economic development. Passanise is managing partner with the Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise PC.
CoxHealth’s Bone Density Clinic received accreditation from the International Society of Bone Densitometry. It is one of 42 sites nationwide with the accreditation.
Integrity Home Care LLC added Megan DiVito as director of communications and marketing. She most recently worked in marketing for 417 Magazine and BigPxl LLC. DiVito earned her bachelor’s in English from the University of Iowa.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks hired Meagan Walkenhorst as program director. She coordinates the client assistance program offering nonmedical financial assistance to patients going through breast cancer treatment and handles the free screening mammogram program. Walkenhorst has 10 years of nursing experience, most recently as director of telehealth at CoxHealth at Home.
The Developmental Center of the Ozarks selected Marisa DeClue as executive director to succeed the retiring Allan McKelvy. DeClue has worked with DCO for 11 years as the development and public relations director.
A health care worker became a first-time business owner; a home baker decided to pursue a longtime dream of starting her own business; and Springfield-based Premier Choice Tax and Accounting Solutions LLC expanded its reach in Greene County.
Aaron Elliott never imagined he would get into medical device or create a self-defense fitness-based business. Now the co-owner of F8 Fitness and Self-Defense at the age of 46, he says Dr. Seuss nailed it on the head with “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” He says as long as you have the passion for it, you can do anything.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager of Arvest Bank Steve Kelly says now is the time to start looking at your financial situation—such as where you can cut back or prepare yourself for economic recovery.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …