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Newsmakers: March 22-28, 2021

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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.


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