KPM CPAs PC was one of 227 firms ranked in Forbes’ list of America’s Top Recommended Tax and Accounting Firms. Compiled from 1,800 survey responses, the firm was among six in Missouri and one of 90 companies listed for both tax and accounting services.
Compere Robinette CPAs promoted Benjamin Zachary to shareholder. He has worked as the firm’s tax manager for four years and has 10 years of public accounting experience.
Banking and Finance
Mid-Missouri Bank added Michael Miller and Justin Wagner to its board of directors. Miller is the chief operating officer and general counsel for the bank, along with president of Mid-Missouri Insurance Agency. Wagner is chief lending officer and with the bank since 2014.
Missouri Trust & Investment Co. hired Raymond Eddings as senior portfolio manager. He leads the investment management team and advises institutional retirement plans and individual clients on portfolio management, strategic and tactical asset allocation, and wealth management strategies. A certified financial planner and charted financial analyst, Eddings has 20 years of experience.
Springfield Public Schools named Brenda Dennis as Study Alternative Center director, succeeding the retiring Justin Dickenson. Dennis is currently assistant principal at Emporia High School in Kansas. The change is effective July 1.
Missouri State University received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. MSU is one of 359 colleges, and five in Missouri, as being committed to community engagement.
Gov. Mike Parson appointed Shanda Trautman to the State Technical College of Missouri Board of Regents. She is the senior vice president and chief digital officer for Old Missouri Bank.
Delta Dental contributed $15,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks Inc. among its $1.5 million in support of outreach initiatives in 2019. The funds support the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Tooth Truck.
The Greene County Medical Society named Dr. Kayce Morton president. Morton specializes in hospital medicine for CoxHealth.
Digital Monitoring Products Inc. promoted Michal Moss Early to executive director of corporate strategy. The position includes activities from her previous position of director of intellectual property, along with oversight of the human resources department.
The Springfield-Greene County Library received an $8,018 technology grant from Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. The library will use the funds to replace a 3D printer and add a laser engraver, vinyl cutter, two soldering stations, a film and slide scanner, and a video capture box in its maker space.
Two southwest Missouri transportation projects were among 10 named to The American Association of State Highway and Transportation. Officials selected Project Freeway: U.S. 60 Rogersville among 10 projects in its public outreach campaign. The campaign is designed to increase public awareness about benefits of transportation investment.
Pure & Clean LLC promoted Aaron Peace to production and project manager, and Tracy Curtis to administrative services manager. Peace’s role focuses on business development, after joining the company in 2017. Curtis assumes administrative duties previously held by Peace and has more than 20 years of experience in administrative support.
CellARide LLC was awarded Most Innovative Solution of 2020 for its My Car Recall text messaged-based concierge platform at Biz 417’s annual Excellence in Technology Awards.
Drive-thru coffee shop Bigfoot Coffee Co. LLC opened; a pair of Springfield attorneys launched medical marijuana certification clinic The Med Card Co. LLC; and husband-and-wife owners Ryan and Lesley Day debuted their first business venture with the opening of The Farmhouse on Boone Cafe LLC.
Andrea Petersberg, owner of the Local Bevy, says the appeal of a local store holds a lot of value for people in and outside of Springfield. Petersburg says being a supporting part of the local connection for artists is important for her.
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, shares his story on how he left his job in the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now 60 years old and with signature character to his photography and business, he says he still is a 15-year-old boy with a camera.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, gives her advice for maintaining good relationships with clients. Drawing on her experience working with customers coast to coast, Thomas says equity and fairness are some of the best ways to build trust and respect.
Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
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.