Banking & Finance
Central Trust Co. hired Jason Flores as a senior portfolio manager. He has nine years of experience in investments and finance, particularly working with high net worth clients, and most recently as chief investment officer for Pension Consultants Inc. Flores holds an MBA from Webster University and a bachelor’s in communications from University of Arkansas.
Stiles Roofing Inc. foreman Arturo Lopez received the Roofing Alliance’s Best of the Best Award, recognizing contributions to the roofing industry and community. A native of Veracruz, Mexico, he’s worked his way up in the Lebanon company over a 26-year career. Part of the alliance’s Most Valuable Player Awards program, the award is chosen by an MVP Task Force.
Missouri State University assistant sociology professor Kyler Sherman-Wilkins was selected as one of 11 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders for 2021 by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. In recognizing junior faculty members’ research on contemporary American history, politics, culture and society, the honor highlighted Sherman-Wilkins’ work titled, “Social Determinants of Cognitive Functioning Among Diverse Older Adults in the United States.” He received a $17,500 stipend toward additional research projects.
The MSU Board of Governors inducted five former faculty and staff members to its Wall of Fame: Anson Elliott, Mike Jungers, James Moyer, Thomas Plymate and Mark Stillwell. With a combined 195 years of full-time service on campus, the group joins 124 other individuals honored. Elliott built the school’s agriculture program and oversaw the acquisition of several facilities; Jungers was responsible for revising and enforcing student disciplinary actions and mentored student leaders; Moyer, a professor and student adviser, was an accomplished biblical scholar; Plymate, who worked in geological studies, is credited with helping to secure gifts to the university for scholarships and new instruments; and Stillwell worked with student athletes and sports programs and helped in the planning for six campus athletics facilities.
Date Lady Inc. won gold in the barbecue and hot sauce category of the Specialty Food Association’s 2021 Sofi Awards. Date Lady Barbecue Sauce was one of 130 winners selected from nearly 1,500 entries across 49 product categories – judged in an anonymous sampling for taste, ingredient quality and innovation.
CoxHealth was chosen among the 2021 Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare. Based on employee surveys, the selections are made in partnership with the Best Companies Group to recognize companies for improvements in work environment, and employee engagement, satisfaction and retention.
CBS affiliate KOLR10 hired Steve Savard as news desk anchor. He previously worked as news anchor and sports director for KMOV in St. Louis and did radio play-by-play for the St. Louis Rams for 15 years. Savard holds six Emmy awards as a journalist.
Pearson-Kelly Technology added Amanda Nevill as field sales manager and Bobby Overstreet as virtual chief information officer. Nevill has 15 years’ experience in technology industry sales, including software solutions and managed information technology services. Overstreet has worked for managed service providers and as an internal IT specialist during his 15-years tech career. He’s responsible for the technical infrastructure and overall environment for clients in southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas.
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Local Musician Barak Hill talks about how he started writing music and earning money from his skills. He says his first motivation to start making money was to get music to pay for itself.
Heather Kite, owner of startup business Rooted Deep Farms, talks about tough times during the winter of 2020-2021. She says determination was a necessary component that kept her going.
Jeramey and Julia Henson, co-owners of HM Dentworks Academy, discuss the importance of family in work-life balance. They say you can’t make up for the major life events. HM Dentworks Academy is also co-owned by Chris McWhirter.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistry Pottery, talks about her struggle with PXE, or Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a disease that affects the eyes. She says that despite her struggle, she is ultimately thankful.
Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, say the past year has been one of the toughest they have faced. Now in the company's 50th year, the couple says they learned a few things in 2020.
Charlie Rosenbury, president of Self-Interactive, calls on his experience in programming to illustrate lessons he has learned running a business and life in general. Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas is presented by Great Southern Bank.
Darline Mabins talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about growing up after a tragic accident took the lives of her mother and older brother. Mabins is now the regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank. No Ceiling is an SBJ podcast, going in depth with local women, sharing their journey to the top of their professions.
Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”