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.
SBJ interviews the owner of David Potter Agency Inc.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.