Banking and Finance
Central Trust Co. promoted Justin Setser to vice president and relationship manager, Matthew Suarez to assistant vice president and portfolio manager and Will Carter to assistant vice president of marketing. In the financial services industry since 2008, Setser provides estate and financial planning, insurance, investment and tax strategies to clients. Suarez helps clients build a portfolio to meet their needs while minimizing ris . Carter serves the Missouri and Kansas area for Central Trust by developing and executing marketing strategies, along with leading company efforts to introduce new technology to the client experience.
ABC Supply Co. Inc. named Zach Willard branch manager. He joined the company in 2011 as an inside sales associate and has served on its National Response Team.
Nabholz Corp. named Michael Parker regional president for the northwest Arkansas and central Missouri territories. He joined the company in 2006 to lead preconstruction services in central Arkansas and has 27 years of industry experience.
NewStream Enterprises LLC promoted Tori Trtan to quality manager. She started with the company in 2010 as a packager and worked as a research and development specialist, internal auditor and quality analyst. Trtan now oversees production quality, rework specialists and quality control analysts, and coordinates manufacturing launches for new or revised products.
Drury University English emeritus professor and author Resa Willis won the 2019 Ella Dickey Literacy Award at the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield. The award is presented to six national authors who have contributed to the preservation of history. Willis received the award for her biography, “FDR and Lucy: Love and Friends.”
Erica Harris, an assistant professor of biology at Evangel University, received the 2019 Orville & Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service for at the college’s 61st annual commencement ceremony. The award is given to outstanding professors who are less than 45 years of age. A 1995 Evangel graduate, Harris has worked at the school since 1998.
Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park in Branson was voted America’s Best Aerial Adventure Park by a USA Today national public poll. Its zipline tours and ropes courses helped place it at the top of the 20-ranked attractions.
Easter Seals Midwest hired Tec Chapman as chief program officer. He previously served as deputy director of the division of developmental disabilities at the Missouri Department of Mental Health and coordinator of service demonstrations at the Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He most recently worked as the executive director for Services for Independent Living in Columbia.
Rep. Craig Fishel, R-Springfield, was named Freshman Legislator of the Year for Advocacy for Local Government for his efforts to promote policies addressing issues important to municipal and county governments. He represents the southeast portion of Springfield and Greene County.
The city of Nixa won the Innovation Award from the Missouri Municipal League for its staff Think Tank. Nixa’s program objectives were to create organizational buy-in from staff, facilitate leadership development of staff in the talent pipeline and develop solutions to complex internal challenges. It is the third year in a row Nixa has won in the large city category.
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