Abacus CPAs LLC selected Chris Abercrombie for its “Abe’s Golden Microphone” Communication Award Distinction, the highest honor for staff. A supervisor in the firm’s transportation tax department, he’s credited with leading in staff development, personalized training and positive influence.
Banking & Finance
Heritage Bank of the Ozarks promoted Jase Glendenning to vice president of lending and Terrie Maynor to vice president of customer service. The Lebanon-based bank also hired Lance Link to serve as a wealth manager. Glendenning has a bachelor’s in agribusiness management from University of Missouri and joined the bank in 2016 working on agricultural loans. Maynor has 17 years of banking experience, and Link previously worked as a financial representative for Edward Jones.
Central Bank of the Ozarks’ holding company Central Bancompany rated No. 4 on America’s Best Banks in 2021 by Forbes magazine. The rankings are based on five key metrics: return on equity, efficiency ratio, nonperforming assets, revenue growth and Tier 1 equity.
Financial adviser Daniel Seitz joined Edward Jones. With five years of financial services experience, he holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Tiffin University and an MBA in finance from University of Findlay in Ohio.
The Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation earned a $25,000 grant to fund scholarships for female students pursuing education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Coca-Cola Foundation Women in STEM Scholarship will give 25 students a $1,000 scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year.
Integrity Home Health Care LLC promoted Tiffany Burche to operations director in the home care division. In 10 years with the company, she’s worked as director of continuous improvement, an in-home administrative support assistant and key roles in auditing, policies and project management. Burche has a bachelor’s in child and family development from Missouri State University.
State Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, received the Excellence in Health Care Legislation Award from the Missouri Nurses Association for his support of nursing professionals in Missouri. It’s the second time he’s received the award, and this year Burlison has sponsored legislation relating to advanced practice registered nurses and occupational therapists.
Attorneys Patrick Baird and Katherine Thompson left Baird Lightner Millsap PC to become partners at Neale & Newman LLP. Baird had worked at Baird Lightner Millsap since in 2014, and Thompson started there the year prior. With a law degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Baird also has experience as assistant attorney general for Missouri and assistant prosecuting attorney for Cass County. Thompson, who earned a law degree at Saint Louis University, previously worked as an intern with the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office Capital Division. Both practice in the areas of civil litigation, including insurance defense and municipal law.
Douglas, Haun and Heidemann PC partner Craig Heidemann was recognized as a Super Lawyer by the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine. This is the fourth year he has made the list that honors the top 5% of lawyers in Missouri.
Springfield Business Journal hired Emily Cole as a reporter. With a bachelor’s in journalism from Missouri State University, she previously covered city government and business for the Jefferson City News Tribune.
Nixa-based Xtreme Exteriors reaches record $7.5M revenue in 2020.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …
John, Jason and Jeremy Chapman, owners of The Acoustic Shoppe, say the pandemic just accelerated retailers moving sales online. They say customers appreciate the convenience and it allows them to …
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director of the Discovery Center Springfield, says though she’s currently between mentors, they have been important in her professional development. She says the …