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Newsmakers: May 14-20, 2018

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BKD LLP promoted seven team members: Nathan Fitzgerald, senior manager; Casey Greenway, senior managing consultant; James Robertson and Alaina Shaffer, managers; Mary Knaup, managing consultant; Leia Breithaupt, managing adviser; and Julie Thompson, senior associate II.

Andrew Peters
joined Buddy Webb & Co. Inc. as a project architect. With 29 years of industry experience, he serves on the U.S Green Building Council, the Construction Specifications Institute and City Utilities Citizens’ Advisory Council.

Banking & Finance
Central Trust Co. promoted Will Carter to marketing officer. He joined the company in 2015 as a marketing coordinator. Carter graduated from the University of Memphis-Tennessee with a bachelor’s in journalism.

Penny Morgans, branch manager and loan officer at Old Missouri Bank’s Buffalo branch, completed the Dale Carnegie training course. She received the Crashing Through and Outstanding Performance awards in the 12-week program, as well as a gold seal for perfect attendance.

Forbes magazine ranked Monett-based Jack Henry & Associates Inc. as No. 12 on its list of 500 of America’s Best Employers with more than 5,000 employees. The publication also named Commerce Bancshares Inc. as No. 68 on its list of the top midsize employers, which have between 1,000 and 5,000 employees.

Martha Atkisson was promoted to vice president and relationship manager at Central Trust Co. She’s worked with the company since 2009.

Nicole Holt
was named director of learning development for Springfield Public Schools, effective July 1. She has 14 years of educational experience, previously serving five years as an elementary teacher and six years as principal of Holland Elementary.

Erin Hayes, professor of journalism at College of the Ozarks, received the school’s New Faculty Member Five-Fold Mission Award, which honors faculty members of six years or less who embody the school’s academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. Hayes is a former ABC World News correspondent.

College of the Ozarks awarded its Veteran Faculty Member Five-Fold Mission Award to David Dalton, professor of history. Dalton has worked at the college for nearly 30 years.

Toth & Associates Inc. hired Joseph Tierney and Jeffrey Mueller as vice presidents with the firm. Tierney serves as a substation engineer, and Mueller works as an electrical planning engineer.

State Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, was appointed to the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He represents parts of Jasper and Cedar counties and also serves as chairman of the state’s Special Committee on Tax Policy for Working Families.

Health Care
Sunterra Springs' incoming rehabilitation clinic and nursing home hired Deanna Beckenholdt as executive director. The south Springfield facility is scheduled to open Aug. 1.

The Missouri Association of Manufacturers handed out its 2018 Safety Excellence Awards: SRC Heavy Duty West, Leader of the Pack; CNH Industrial Reman, Safety Manufacturing Company of the Year; Kevin Mau of Holloway America, Safety Professional of the Year; Chris Love of SRC Heavy Duty West, Safety Champion of the Year; NorthStar Battery Co. LLC, Innovation Safety Excellence; Paul Mueller Co., Most Improved Safety Excellence; Leslie Tuter of Paul Mueller Co., Horizon Safety Excellence; and SRC Heavy Duty East, Horizon Safety Excellence.


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