Zachary Cole and Lauren Southard joined Esterly, Schneider & Associates Inc. as architectural interns. Cole earned a master’s from Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture and has worked part time with the company since May 2017. Southard also completed a master’s from Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture.
Banking & Finance
Karen Hall was named to the Central Bank of Branson Advisory Board. Recently retiring after 45 years in the industry, Hall had served as a senior vice president and commercial lender for the bank.
Linda Grindle, financial sales representative at Arvest Bank, was promoted to community lender. She focuses on mortgages and consumer loans and primarily covers the areas of Kimberling City and Branson West.
College of the Ozarks’ student newscast “The Point” won a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. The newscast won the national award in broadcast news videography for its story Solar Eclipse, produced by sophomore Ben Johnson and C of O alumnus Jordan Davis.
Evangel University honored professor Robert Berg with its E.M. & Estella Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service. A New York native, he began teaching at EU in 1989 and serves as a New Testament professor.
Evangel awarded Dianne Twigger with the Orville & Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service. Twigger is a 2006 mathematics graduate of the university who returned to teach at the school in 2013.
Susan Jensen, family court commissioner of the 31st Judicial Circuit Court, was named president of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Representing more than 1,650 academy fellows, Jensen has practiced family law for the past 25 years.
Massage therapist Melissa Perry was named regional therapist of the year by Scottsdale-Arizona-based Massage Envy. The award denotes professionalism, client care and a devotion to wellness. Perry works at Massage Envy’s east Springfield franchise location.
Cox South, Cox Branson and Cox Monett were awarded Get with the Guidelines awards from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The awards reflect the hospitals’ quality achievement measures in diagnosing and treating stroke patients.
Travis Meeks joined The Order restaurant at Hotel Vandivort as executive chef. Meeks is an Aurora native and worked in Kansas City, with chefs Jonathan Justus and Michael Smith.
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks named Vaughn Henson to its board of directors, with no term limits. Henson works as general manager of SRC Logistics Inc.
The Community Alternative Sentencing Program elected Lance Roskens, Patti Salinas and Branden Twibell to three-year terms on its board of directors. Roskens is an attorney with Clithero & Harris LLP. Salinas is an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Missouri State University, and Twibell is an attorney at Twibell Johnson.
The Junior League of Springfield awarded Akila Anandarajah and Grace Fairchild with its 2018 Mary Riley Wolfe Memorial Scholarship. Anandarajah, a 2018 National Merit Finalist of Central High School, has volunteered over 400 hours at Mercy Hospital, the Springfield Library Center and the Boys and Girls Club. Fairchild has served for three years as Aurora High School’s student council class president, also volunteering at Convoy of Hope and the Special Olympics, among others.
The U.S. Department of the Interior added the Wilson’s Creek Greenway to the National Recreation Trail system. It’s the fourth trail with the designation in the Ozarks Greenways system. The 5-mile trail runs from Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park to Republic Road in southwest Springfield, also connecting to the South Creek Greenway.
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