Banking and Finance
The Bank of Missouri named Michele King regional retail manager for its southwest markets and hired Peter Connelly as a vice president and commercial loan officer. King oversees retail branch managers. Connelly has worked in lending for 10 years, most recently at Central Bank of the Ozarks and Branson Bank.
Drury University’s Breech School of Business Administration selected Penny Clayton, Joel Romines and Jim Spangler for induction to its Hall of Fame. Clayton, a professor emeritus and 1983 graduate, is the founder of PRC Consulting Group PC and operates Clayton Family Office. Romines, class of 1968, founded Knightsbridge Advisers for institutional investors in London and retired in 2015. Spangler, an alum from 1961, is the CEO and president of Helping Hand Home Health Co. in Michigan and has served on the boards of the Michigan Humane Society, Detroit Institute for Children and Flint Institute of Music.
The Ozark Board of Education hired Kent Sappington as executive director of elementary learning, Constance Leonard as Finley River School principal and Eric Russell as Ozark Middle School principal for the 2019-20 school year. Sappington has worked as principal at Ozark East Elementary since 2007 and taught second, third and fifth grades. Leonard has 30 years of experience and currently is the coordinator of college and career readiness for Springfield Public Schools. Russell has served as assistant principal at Buchanan Elementary and Intermediate schools in Branson since 2010.
SPS named three new principals to begin in the fall: Josh Groves at Glendale High School, Sara Strohm at Reed Academy and Jennifer Webb at Twain Elementary School. Groves, the current principal of Pleasant View K-8 School, succeeds the retiring Natalie Cauldwell at Glendale. Strohm is current assistant principal at Westport Middle School and succeeds the retiring Debbie Grega at Reed. Webb is the current principal of Williams Elementary School.
Gov. Mike Parson reappointed Marie Carmichael and Bradley Gregory to the Missouri Development Finance Board, and he appointed Derek Poe to the Missouri Propane Safety Commission. Carmichael is president of Affordable Homes Development Inc., and Gregory is president and CEO of Bank of Bolivar. Poe, of Strafford, is the district manager of Titan Propane in Branson and Joplin, and he has served as president of the Missouri Propane Gas Association since July 2018.
President Donald Trump appointed Parson to the Council of Governors, a panel advising the secretary of Defense, secretary of Homeland Security and the White House Homeland Security Council. The governors address issues related to the National Guard, national defense and security, civil support missions and disaster responses. Parson served for six years in the U.S. Army and 22 years in law enforcement, including 12 years as Polk County sheriff.
ADsmith Marketing and Advertising added Helen Agnew as senior account supervisor. She operated her own ad agency, The Next Level, for seven years.
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