Banking & Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Amy Sharp to vice president-retail market manager and Breanne Schnabel to assistant vice president-corporate secretary. Sharp brings 23 years of banking experience to her role leading the retail division and branch network and operations. Schnabel has worked at Central Bank for 12 years, starting as a teller, and now assists the bank’s president and the CEO/board chairman, in addition to managing the loan assistants.
Guaranty Bank hired Kassie Pitts as retail banking officer of its Sunshine Street branch to succeed Jesse Lomax, who moved to retail banking officer of the Battlefield Road branch. The bank also promoted Leora Yates to assistant retail banking manager of the Republic Road branch. Lomax, who joined Guaranty Bank in 2019 after 13 years at Kansas-based Equity Bank, has an associate degree in business and marketing from State Fair Community College. Pitts returns to Guaranty Bank after a year stint as branch manager at Legacy Bank and Trust. She began her banking career with Guaranty Bank in 2016 and has a bachelor’s in business administration and management from Missouri State University. With an associate degree in business from Ozarks Technical Community College and several certificates and diplomas from the Center for Financial Training, Yates has worked at Guaranty Bank since 2017, when she joined as a teller.
Nixa High School English teacher Noah Murrish was named an Outstanding Beginning Teacher by the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The award recognizes teachers in their first two years of service from recommendations in teacher education programs and candidates’ school districts.
College of the Ozarks ranked No. 45 in online magazine Intelligent’s Top 50 Small Business Management Degree Programs and was recognized as the Best for General Business. With a score of 76.79 out of 100 points, College of the Ozarks was compared with a sampling of 210 universities and colleges.
Springfield-Greene County Library District received an $8,000 grant through the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. The Summer Library Program funds will provide learning opportunities designed to motivate children and their families to read during the summer months. The Missouri State Library has approved 120 grant applications for fiscal 2021, totaling $1.45 million through the federal Library Services and Technology Act.
Robin Jackson, creative director of Jackson and Appleton video company, was elected to the board of governors for the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The board comprises 32 media professionals from six states and produces the regional Emmy awards.
The city of Springfield named Danny Perches to the new position of development project facilitator in the city manager’s office. He’s responsible to review the status of development projects, work directly with developers, designers and contractors in the development review process, and identify and recommend development process changes. Perches most recently served as project manager for economic development at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, where he worked for six years.
Victory Mission & Ministry was accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. The accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.
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.