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Newsmakers: May 18-24, 2020

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BKD LLP associate Dakota Comer was one of four staff members to receive the 2019 Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of CPAs. Recognizing performance on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, Comer, who is based in Springfield, scored above the required 95.5 on four sections and passed on the first attempt. Only 137 out of 75,000 individuals qualified for the award.

Banking and Finance
Arvest Bank ranked in the top spot in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study in the South Central and Southwest regions. Arvest has won 16 J.D. Power awards in the last 12 years, this year scoring an 863 in the South Central Region and 851 in the Southwest Region. The annual study measured 90,000 banking consumers’ satisfaction with their financial institutions across 11 regions.

Tyler Halterman, information security support specialist at Guaranty Bank, completed all requirements for the Certified Banking Information Security Officer training through 10-D Security. The CBISO training teaches modern-day skills for information security professionals working in financial services. Halterman has worked for Guaranty since June 2019.

Missouri State University recognized eight teachers for its 2019-20 Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning awards: Margaret Weaver, in online teaching; Lyle Foster, in teaching diversity; Carrisa Hoelscher, Sarah Mellors and Rohit Dua, in high-impact practices; and Federica Gentile, Heather Haynes and Raymond McCord, in per-course teaching.

Two College of the Ozarks students won awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association for 2020: Melissa Akers for “A Minute with Mel,” first place in Public Service Announcement or Campaign; and Anna-Sophia Henry, first place in Air Talent – Excluding Morning Drive. Akers writes, produces and hosts a regular series of 60-second public service announcements. Henry, a biology and chemistry major, graduated in December.

Health Care
Burrell Behavioral Health was awarded a $4 million Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic expansion grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dispersed equally over two years, the money will be used to expand Burrell’s CCBHC model and improve access and quality of care. It is the second CCBHC grant received by Burrell.

Flood Media Group LLC added Delaney Yocom as executive assistant and operator to work with clients and team members to increase sales in key market segments and track revenue management techniques for profitability and productivity. Yocom has worked as director of sales for the Fairfield by Marriott and with O’Reilly Hospitality Management.

Springfield City Council appointed John Hamra, Rick Muenks, Ron Smouse, Wally Nattinger and Sylvia Jura to the Airport Plaza Community Improvement District Board of Directors; Martin Gugel and Brent Parker to the Convention and Entertainment Community Improvement District Board of Directors; and Joe Reynolds to the Southern Hills Community Improvement District Board of Directors.

Hamra is the facilities manager at Hamra Enterprises, and Muenks is the managing member of Southwest Valuation LLC; both are new appointments. Smouse is the owner of Smouse Financial Services Inc.; Nattinger is a real estate agent with eXp Realty LLC; and Jura is a representative property owner. All three are reappointments. Gugel is the city’s assistant director of administration, and Parker is the general manager of University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Reynolds is the president of Central States Industrial.


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