Elliott, Robinson & Co. LLP promoted certified public accountants Kelsey Prewitt and Alex Hampton to senior accountants. Prewitt is a Drury University graduate with a bachelor’s in business administration. Hampton earned a master of accountancy and a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University. Both handle accounting, bookkeeping, tax preparation and audit work.
Banking and Finance
Mid-Missouri Bank hired Peter Ostapko as vice president and commercial lender working out of the Sunshine Street branch. He has 10 years of experience in banking, most recently with Arvest Bank.
Guaranty Bank named Jason Poe and Jesse Lomax as retail banking officers. Poe joined the bank in 2017 as a mortgage lending officer and began his banking career in 2005 as a special asset officer for Community Bank & Trust in Neosho. Lomax had 13 years of experience at Equity Bank before joining Guaranty Bank.
Drury appointed Kimbrea Browning as executive vice president of enrollment management and operations for adult and online education. She provides strategic leadership in recruitment, the student experience and day-to-day operations for evening and online programs in the College of Continuing Professional Studies. Browning has 15 years of higher education enrollment services experience, most recently at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati.
Toth and Associates Inc. Vice President Adam Toth was promoted to president, succeeding his father, Lou Toth. Adam Toth, who has an electrical engineering degree from University of Missouri and an MBA from Missouri State University, has worked at the company since its 2003 founding. Lou Toth remains as a practicing professional engineer and chairman of the board.
The Order at Hotel Vandivort promoted Caleb Stangroom to head chef. He joined the staff in August 2017 and was promoted to sous chef the following year. Stangroom also was co-owner and chef of pop-up concept Element.
Piatchek & Associates Services Director Shawn Gallagher earned his Missouri life insurance producer license through the Missouri Department of Insurance. He assists clients with retirement analyses and planning, among other services.
Leggett & Platt Inc. promoted Susan McCoy to senior vice president of investor relations. She started with the company in 1986 and joined the investor relations department in 2002 as director. McCoy recently received a top ranking from Institutional Investor as Best Investor Relations Professional on its 2019 Midcap All-America Executive Team.
The Missouri Public Transit Association elected City Utilities Transit Director Matt Crawford to its board of directors for a two-year term. He has 20 years of experience with CU, serving as a customer service representative, information technology specialist and transportation planner before being named director in December 2018.
The Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center in Branson received the AAA Four Diamond rating for the 21st consecutive year. AAA’s appraisal system relies on unannounced and anonymous on-site evaluations, where inspectors assess comfort, hospitality, cleanliness and the extensiveness of services and amenities.
First entering the Springfield market 15 years ago, Kum & Go LC’s local construction activity is hard to miss these days.
Learn how customer surveys and the Amazon business model inspired Curtis Millsap to find technology to give his customers a better Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program experience at Millsap Farms. His intention was to create a better product for his customers, but discovered it also opened up new markets for the small family-owned agribusiness.
Michael Doss of Emerson Park didn't want to take away from the company's candle sales, while developing a grooming line. So he and his wife are working to build a new brand Wilder & Co. They started building the new brand on social media first with the entire product line eventually moving under the new brand.
Jumping in to lead a team that is already in place can be a challenge in sports and in business. Dana Ford, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Missouri State University says it's important to keep all …
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Why would an employee ever turn down a $200 a month raise? Jody Dow with The Springfield Dream Center explains the “Cliff Effect” that exists in the state of Missouri for people who are employed and on state or federal assistance. “You may be getting $500 in food stamps, and your raise is only increasing your pay that month by $200. Well, that’s a $300 discrepancy.” In the state of Missouri, assistance is all or nothing. The Dream Center helps workers in this situation learn how to prepare for in advance for a pay increase that results in a gap in monthly income.
Jason Gage, City Manager for the City of Springfield, says he wants coworkers to enjoy their job, take ownership, as well as understand and fulfill the mission. Gage says the problem in trying to …
“I’ve had a lot of employees that have given their two weeks notice and it was over things that I didn’t even know about, ” says Lauren Brown, Co-owner of Neighbor’s …
Rob Keck, Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops, says whether it’s a child negotiating with their parents for an allowance or partnering with some one to meet a goal, we all make deals. Keck …
Mark Walker, a local CEO and a member of the Drury University Board of Trustees, says employers are increasingly seeking college graduates who have some kind of meaningful real-world, hands-on …
“When I started this, I realized, number one, I have to have grit. I have to be able to know it’s a tough road,” says Julie Higgins, CEO of I Pour Life. Higgins says you shouldn’t focus on …