Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Steve Gassel to senior vice president and director of private banking and Kara Turner to assistant vice president and a private banking officer. Gassel has 36 years of banking experience, including 23 years as a private banker. He holds a bachelor’s in finance from Missouri State University. Turner has 20 years of executive sales experience.
Commerce Bank hired Matt Cox as vice president and regional relationship manager of the southwest market. With 10 years of banking experience, he’s responsible for business development and delivering commercial banking products and services. Cox holds a bachelor’s in public relations and business communications from University of Central Missouri.
U.S. Cellular was named to the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity for the second year in a row. Companies were selected based on Statista Inc. surveys of over 50,000 employees at companies with at least 1,000 workers.
Springfield Public Schools selected Katy Knapp as principal for McGregor Elementary School, beginning July 1, to succeed Sara Shevchuk, who was named principal at Truman Elementary. Knapp serves as school community liaison at Delaware Elementary, since 2019, and previously she worked an elementary principal in Bethany. She has a bachelor’s in Spanish from Missouri State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Evangel University.
SPS Deputy Superintendent of Operations Carol Embree was named 2021 Business Official of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Business Officials. With the district for 24 years, she oversees SPS’ $250 million operating budget and her responsibilities include construction management, transportation, purchasing, payroll and accounts payable.
College of the Ozarks ranked No. 1 on College Consensus’ 2021 Best Christian Colleges & Universities in the United States. C of O scored 80.2 out of 100 points based on combining results from other college ranking publishers and thousands of student reviews online.
Don Tosh, Evangel University professor of mathematics and corresponding secretary of the school’s Kappa Mu Epsilon chapter, was honored with a national award created in his name. The McKee Tosh Outstanding Chapter Award – also named after Rhonda McKee of the University of Central Missouri – will recognize outstanding local chapters of the KME mathematics honor society. Tosh has been a campus sponsor for 36 years, making him one of the longest serving secretaries in KME’s history.
Nixa Public Schools named sixth-grade teacher Ellen Fogle as the district’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. She’s taught in Nixa since 2016 and serves on the Inman Intermediate School Leadership Team. Fogle holds a master’s in teaching and a bachelor’s in education from University of Arkansas.
Olsson Inc. ranked No. 76 on Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms list based on annual revenue. It’s Olsson’s fourth consecutive year ranked in the top 100, and the firm moved up 18 spots from the prior year.
Transland CEO Mark Walker was named 2021 Volunteer of the Year for Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast. His community involvement has included seats on the boards for Court Appointed Special Advocates national chapter, Care to Learn, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Missouri Trucking Association and Drury University’s Board of Trustees.
Hy-Vee Inc. ranked No. 2 in USA Today’s 10 Best Supermarkets chosen by readers. The grocery chain with 88,000 employees and $11 billion in annual revenue is credited for introducing new employee benefits, such as a 10% employee discount, holiday pay and tuition assistance.
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Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.