Springfield First Community Bank added Bryan Jones as a commercial banking officer and Andrea Gill as marketing coordinator and events planner. With 13 years of banking experience, Jones manages commercial real estate and business loans. Gill, who fills a newly created position, most recently served as marketing coordinator at Tomo Drug Testing. She’s responsible for the bank’s branding, website, social media campaigns, and public relations and event coordination.
Linda Wellborn, Evangel University’s director of institutional effectiveness and accreditation activities, was honored as a Mighty Mentor during the 2021 Higher Learning Commission national conference. She was among accreditation peer reviewers who served as team leads for the HLC and helped other members become peer reviewers. Wellborn, an Evangel faculty member since 1995, has served as a peer reviewer and consultant for the higher education accrediting organization since 2001.
Evangel Named Greg Johns vice president for student development to succeed the retiring Sheri Phillips. Johns had served as Evangel’s director of spiritual life and campus pastor since 2014 and previously was the area director of the South Africa region for Assemblies of God World Missions. Johns holds a doctorate in higher education from Nova-Southeastern University, a master’s in Christian education from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and bachelor’s in Bible from Central Bible College.
The Ozark Board of Education hired Kim Fitzpatrick as the school district’s executive director of student services beginning in the fall. She’s served as Ozark South Elementary principal for 14 years and began her teaching career in 1989. With a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University, Fitzpatrick succeeds Gerald Chambers, who is moving into the role of executive director of secondary learning.
College of the Ozarks was named to The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2021. The 200 schools that made the listing, out of roughly 650 surveyed, were selected based on more than 40 data points, including academic offerings, student debt, career placement services and alumni salary levels.
Family nurse practitioner Stephane Counts joined the medical staff at Citizens Memorial Hospital and the Ash Grove Family Medical Center. She treats acute illnesses and injuries, as well as women’s health issues. Counts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Cox College and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Citizens Memorial Hospital added CoxHealth vascular surgeon Dr. Grant Scott as a visiting specialist. At his Bolivar practice, he diagnoses and treats patients for vascular conditions. With a doctorate in medicine from University of Missouri, Scott completed a general surgery residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency in Arizona and a vascular surgery fellowship at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia.
Delays push $4.5M renovation project into 2021.
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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.