Sean Arkin and Bryan Williams joined Butler, Rosenbury & Partners Inc. as intern architect and student architectural intern, respectively. Arkin graduated from Drury University in 2014 with a master’s degree in architecture, and Williams is a fifth-year architecture student at Drury who will graduate in May with a master’s degree.
Banking and Finance
Tony Scavuzzo was appointed to the board of directors for Guaranty Federal Bancshares, the holding company of Guaranty Bank. Scavuzzo is a principal at California-based asset management firm Castle Creek Capital, and he holds an MBA in finance, accounting and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Keith Noble was promoted to president of Commerce Bank’s Springfield region, a post previously held by Bob Hammerschmidt, who moved to regional vice chairman. Noble, who has 35 years of industry experience, remains focused on commercial banking and payment solutions, in addition to helping grow and retain bank clientele. Hammerschmidt, with 40 years of experience, continues to serve as a senior leader, working with customers in all facets of the bank and representing the company via civic and philanthropic organizations.
Brent Baldwin joined Commerce Bank as executive vice president to succeed Noble as commercial banking division manager of its southwest Missouri region. Baldwin has 25 years of banking experience, most recently with BancorpSouth Inc.
CU Community Credit Union promoted Ashlee Oldham to assistant vice president of branches and Kimberly Duckworth to assistant vice president of accounting. With 11 years of industry experience, Oldham oversees the credit union’s member-solutions department. Duckworth has eight years of experience and assumes additional auditing, analytic and accounting tasks.
Springfield Public Schools chose Tracy Williams to serve as principal of Hickory Hills K-8 School, effective July 1 and pending board approval. He previously served as interim principal of Jeffries Elementary School, after working since 2013 as assistant principal of Pleasant View K-8 School.
Tom Masterson accepted the Jeffries Elementary principal job, succeeding Williams. An SPS employee since 2012, Masterson currently serves as assistant to the principal at McGregor and Sherwood elementary schools.
Mercy promoted Bradley Haller to social media manager. He oversees the health system’s social media efforts in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Haller previously worked as media relations specialist for Mercy, after spending nearly a decade in broadcast journalism.
ADsmith Marketing and Advertising hired Ken Taylor as senior vice president of marketing strategy. He previously worked as management supervisor for Gatesman, formerly Noble Communications, where he spent 15 years on national and manufacturer accounts.
The Kitchen Inc. promoted Compliance Director Michelle McCoy to director of programs, overseeing all of the nonprofit’s housing programs. Her career experience includes work as director of One Door, supportive services coordinator for the Veteran Administration and regional director for Alternative Opportunities, as well as a member of the Missouri Department of Mental Health Investigations Unit.
SBJ interviews A Color Story's marketing lead.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.