KPM CPAs PC was named in Accounting Today’s 2020 Top Firms: Midwest, based on revenue. It’s the seventh consecutive year for KPM to make the list, which identified 26 firms from the seven-state region.
Banking & Finance
Arvest Bank hired Bryan Horton as a commercial banker. He has a background in investment banking in the energy industry, with specialization in mergers and acquisitions and business development, most recently at Jefferies Group in Houston, Texas. The Springfield native has managed $300 million-$3 billion business deals for Fortune 100 and privately held companies.
Craig Wright of Strategic Financial Concepts Inc. earned the Chartered Financial Consultant designation from The American College of Financial Services. ChFC recipients complete at least eight college-level courses and 18 hours of examinations, and they must participate in continuing education to maintain professional recertification.
Guaranty Bank promoted Corporate Services Director Ashlee Radford to a senior vice president. With 20 years of banking experience, she’s worked at Guaranty since 2015. Radford holds a bachelor’s in leadership/organizational studies from Drury University.
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Vicky Johnson as banking center manager and retail officer of its South Glenstone branch. She has 22 years of management experience.
Sandra Patterson joined Guaranty Bank as vice president and commercial relationship manager in the Carthage market. She has nearly 20 years of credit and lending experience, including stints with Simmons Bank and Mid-Missouri Bank. Patterson holds a bachelor’s in public relations from University of Central Missouri and is a graduate of the Missouri Bankers Association’s School of Lending, the University of Missouri Extension’s Agricultural Lending School and the American Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School.
Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chris Russell received the 2020 Citizen of the Year Award from the city of Nixa. He’s credited with keeping the business community connected during the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law LLC added attorneys Adlai Groves as a member and Kenny Beck as a senior associate. Groves returns to Lowther Johnson, where he started his career before working five years at Spencer Fane LLP. He has a national practice focused on real estate development, finance and construction, as well as corporate partnerships and mergers and acquisitions. Beck has worked in criminal and civil law, and also served a stint as city prosecutor for Bolivar. He has an MBA from University of Central Missouri and interned with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security while earning his law degree from University of Missouri.
Missouri State University Editorial and Design Services Director Stacey Funderburk was hired by United Way of the Ozarks as vice president of communication and volunteerism. She plans to retire from MSU, where she’s worked 25 years, effective April 1. As part of United Way’s leadership team, Funderburk is responsible to plan, direct and supervise communication activities and guide the strategic direction for marketing, branding and communications, as well as advise the president/CEO on related matters.
Visionhealth Eye Center in Republic moved; Gettin’ Basted expanded north to Springfield; and the second Springfield facility for Blue Iguana Car Wash opened.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.
Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he sees work-life balance very differently. When he was younger, he would push himself to take on more and more responsibility, but would stop and put his career on hold for months while living in New Zealand or Mexico, or to start a pet software project. He says he lives by the philosophy of work hard and play hard.
Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.
Michelle Romero, co-owner of PKD Venue, says her business has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by changing its business model to include food service. Now on top of serving as a venue for rent, they can keep revenue through online and pick up and go orders.
Dr. Clifton Petty, dean of the Breech School of Business at Drury University, lists three priorities for an effective MBA program. Petty says an entrepreneurial focus, a cohesive group of fellow students and an emphasis on hands-on experience are things students should look for in an MBA program. This is sponsored content.
Megan Short, the executive director of the Springfield Contractors Association, discusses her company’s organization strategies to encourage networking. She encourages organizing networking events around some activity and working to explicitly provide time during events for people to chat and have conversation.