Sean Balisle was promoted to audit and assurance director at KPM CPAs PC. With 29 years of banking experience, he leads the firm’s financial institutions team.
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Rick Windes was appointed to executive vice president and chief lending officer at Southern Bank in Springfield. With 25 years in commercial lending and lending management, Windes previously served as regional president for Bear State Bank in Springfield before its recent merger with Arvest Bank.
OakStar Bank hired Michael Licata as a mortgage loan originator. He has 11 years of banking experience and worked full time in the industry while earning a bachelor’s in business administration from University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Nabholz Corp. named Gregg Scholtens as executive vice president of the company’s Springfield office. He joined the company in 2009 and has a bachelor’s in construction management from John Brown University in Arkansas.
Drury University senior Brian Lanigan received the 2018 New American Colleges and Universities Student Prize for Excellent Research. The NAC&U recognized the chemistry major for his scientific research, which is using organic chemistry to make new compounds based off of those commonly found in drugs on the market. He’ll present his works and receive a $1,000 price at the Summer Institute in Washington.
K. Brooks Miller Jr. of Jordan Valley Community Health Center was appointed to serve on the Truman State University Board of Governors. His term ends Jan. 1, 2024.
Lisa Herchenroeder, associate professor of nursing at College of the Ozarks, earned a certified nursing educator license from the National League of Nursing. She’s worked as an assistant professor at C of O since 2008 and earned her current nursing professorship in 2014.
Melanie Earl-Replogle joined Drury as director of annual giving and stewardship. Earl-Replogle spent the past 14 years as director of annual funds at Missouri State University.
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.
Local developer plans renovations after investing $5 million in foreclosed property acquisitions.
As employees are more mobile and have a desire to work from home, Haden Long owner of Ellecor, explains office spaces are trending towards a more home-like feel. Things like shared work spaces, office pets, and cozy furnishings allow employees to be selective about where they work and become more effective as a result.
Every industry has to navigate trend shifts, but Scott Shotts of Missouri Spirits describes the changes in beverage industry as anarchy. Tried-and-true spirits rules are being ignored. Learn how the local distillery balances following the trends for product development with taking risks.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.