BRS CPAs & Advisors added Suzanne Cortright and Sarah Pace as staff accountants, and Shannon Aguirre as payroll specialist. Cortright and Pace earned their bachelor’s in accountancy from Missouri State University, and Aguirre has worked 14 years in accounting, specializing in payroll and benefits.
Banking & Finance
Edward Jones financial adviser Weston Kissee, of Springfield, was named to Forbes’ 2023 list of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors in Missouri. Compiled by Shook Research, analysts conducted 17,500 interviews with nominees to gauge criteria including revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience, use of best practices and approach to working with clients.
Great Southern Bank hired Brandon Bowenschulte as a business banking relationship manager. He previously worked as relationship manager for UMB Bank and as a portfolio manager for Commerce Bank.
Branson Bank appointed Dr. Travis Brawner to its board as an advisory director. The Branson native is the founder and owner of Ozark Mountain Ear, Nose and Throat LLC, and he also serves as a director on the Cox Medical Center Branson Board, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation added Jerald Andrews, the retired longtime leader of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Price Cutter Charity Championship, as a campaign adviser. His career experience includes 28 years as president and executive director of the HOF, the first executive director of the Missouri School Boards Educational Foundation and 17 years in admissions and advancement for Southwest Baptist University, his alma mater. He’s responsible for fundraising and development for the CMH Foundation.
Oasis Hotel & Convention Center hired Tracy Powell as director of sales. She previously worked in sales for Corporate Business Systems, covering the Branson market, and for City Wide Facility Solutions in Kansas City.
The employee-owners of Springfield ReManufacturing Corp. received the 2023 Excellence in Community Service and Head Start Hero Awards from the Missouri Head Start Association. SRC and its associates were recognized for 20 years of donating clothing, shoes and toys to children participating in the Ozarks Area Community Action Corp.’s Head Start program, and more recently back-to-school drives to collect educational supplies.
MERS Goodwill hired Jeff Simpson as director of its Springfield Excel Center to succeed John Kennedy. Simpson is currently the executive director of special services for the Ozark School District, where he’s retiring this summer. He has 30 years of experience in education, including teacher and principal positions, and for MERS, he’ll lead the center where adults can earn high school diplomas.
The League of Women Voters of Missouri presented Lisa Langley with the Lenore Loeb Sterling Achievement Award and Suzanne Walker-Pacheco with the Harriet Woods Award for Exemplary Community Service. Both are board members for the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri. Langley was recognized for spearheading the Informed Voter Coalition, a collaboration of 11 nonpartisan organizations that produces radio and video interviews with candidates for national, state and local offices. Walker-Pacheco was honored for her work mentoring Paws to the Polls, a nonpartisan student group at MSU that educates students on the importance of voting.
A lot happens behind the scenes at the Springfield Art Museum.