Dake Wells Architecture Inc. hired husband and wife architects Chris and Renee Sutterer. They both have bachelor’s of architecture degrees from Kansas State University and worked together for 18 years in Pennsylvania. The Sutterers have experience designing higher education projects for such institutions as Williams College and Pennsylvania State University, and Chris Sutterer also did work for corporate clients, including Expedia.
Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank hired Melissa Ives as operations officer and electronic services manager. She’s worked 15 years in banking, mostly at Great Southern Bank and most recently as treasury operations senior risk specialist. Ives holds an associate degree from Ozarks Technical Community College and is accredited through the National Automated Clearing House Association.
Ron Penney and Seth Murray, private wealth advisers with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., were named by Forbes magazine as Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. The list ranked Murray No. 12 in Missouri and Penney No. 13, based on assets under management, industry experience, compliance record and best practices. The partners of Penney, Murray & Associates reported $1.9 billion in team assets managed.
Legacy Bank & Trust Co. added Charles Hachtel as executive vice president and chief lending officer. He has worked in commercial banking for over 16 years and has a bachelor’s in business administration and economics from Drury University, as well as a degree from the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado.
Ollis/Akers/Arney hired Najem Agnew as an adviser and Holly Loven as a human resources consultant. Agnew is moving to risk management, after a career in restaurant and distribution management, most recently for U.S. Foods. He holds a bachelor’s in education from Missouri State University and an MBA from Drury University. Loven has a decade of HR experience for manufacturers and nonprofits, most recently with First & Calvary Presbyterian Church. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Drury University and is certified Human Resources Certification Institute.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. promoted Adam McGrath to executive sales representative. With 11 years of industry experience, he also qualified for the Liberty Leaders and Liberty Life Leaders sales clubs, putting him in the top 10% of sales representatives nationwide in 2020.
Cynthia Reeves joined Springfield Business Journal Inc. and Hightide Communications LLC as a designer and photographer. She most recently worked as a freelance graphic designer and is wrapping up her associate degree studies in graphic design technology at Ozarks Technical Community College. Reeves previously had a 10-year career as a police officer.
Achieve of Southwest Missouri received a $10,000 matching grant from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation to purchase an evidence-based curriculum for young adults with developmental disabilities. Called Project Life, the nonprofit is buying the curriculum from Butler Tech in Ohio to teach the skills needed for employment and independent adulthood.
CoStar Group Inc. named Prosperiti Brokers LLC co-owner Viviana Writer in its Power Broker Award in the fourth quarter of 2020. She was recognized in the Top Retail Leasing Deal category for securing 5,625 square feet in southwest Springfield for tenant The War Zone.
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.