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Newsmakers: June 7-13, 2021

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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.

Construction
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.

Education
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. 

Food
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.

Health Care
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.

Media
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.

Technology
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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