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.
Local developer plans renovations after investing $5 million in foreclosed property acquisitions.
As employees are more mobile and have a desire to work from home, Haden Long owner of Ellecor, explains office spaces are trending towards a more home-like feel. Things like shared work spaces, office pets, and cozy furnishings allow employees to be selective about where they work and become more effective as a result.
Every industry has to navigate trend shifts, but Scott Shotts of Missouri Spirits describes the changes in beverage industry as anarchy. Tried-and-true spirits rules are being ignored. Learn how the local distillery balances following the trends for product development with taking risks.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
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.