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.
The Bark Yard dog park and bar concept launched; Charity Fent Cake Design LLC moved; and a pair of business owners collaborated on opening The Hidden Hut LLC.
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Heather Kite, owner of startup business Rooted Deep Farms, talks about tough times during the winter of 2020-2021. She says determination was a necessary component that kept her going.
Jeramey and Julia Henson, co-owners of HM Dentworks Academy, discuss the importance of family in work-life balance. They say you can’t make up for the major life events. HM Dentworks Academy is also co-owned by Chris McWhirter.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistry Pottery, talks about her struggle with PXE, or Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a disease that affects the eyes. She says that despite her struggle, she is ultimately thankful.
Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, say the past year has been one of the toughest they have faced. Now in the company's 50th year, the couple says they learned a few things in 2020.
Charlie Rosenbury, president of Self-Interactive, calls on his experience in programming to illustrate lessons he has learned running a business and life in general. Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas is presented by Great Southern Bank.
Darline Mabins talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about growing up after a tragic accident took the lives of her mother and older brother. Mabins is now the regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank. No Ceiling is an SBJ podcast, going in depth with local women, sharing their journey to the top of their professions.
Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.