KPM CPAs & Advisors added Human Resources Manager Krystal Ray. With 15 years’ experience in HR, previously as assistant HR director for the city of Springfield, she oversees administration of KPM’s benefits, policies, compliance, employee training and performance management. Ray holds professional designations from the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management.
Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective added Jim Parsons as a building systems and CAD technician. He has 30 years’ experience in architectural, engineering and computer-aided design management.
Banking & Finance
The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. awarded Craig Wright of Strategic Financial Concepts Inc. the CFP designation. Recipients meet the educational, experience, examination and ethical requirements of the CFP Board.
Arvest Bank’s mobile app, called Arvest Go, was named to the J.D. Power Mobile App Certification Program, powered by Centric Digital. Based on a customer satisfaction index, Arvest Go was recognized for ease of navigation, range of services, appearance, speed of completing transactions and clarity of information.
CoxHealth promoted Dr. Shawn Usery to chief medical officer, Max Buetow to executive vice president and chief operating officer of hospital services, and Brock Shamel to vice president of Cox Medical Group. Usery previously worked as CMO for CoxHealth’s Community Hospital Group, and he’s been associated with the health care system since completing his residency in family medicine. Buetow joined CoxHealth in 2012 and previously held the Cox Medical Group VP role filled by Shamel. Shamel has worked for CoxHealth since 2010.
The Missouri Municipal League recognized Springfield, Ozark and Branson with 2021 Innovation Awards in their respective population categories. The SGF Yields-Pedestrian Safety Campaign was honored for educating the public about right-of-way laws and helping change local attitudes among pedestrians and drivers. The Junior Police Academy in Ozark won for creating positive interactions and education between officers and youth ages 6-17. Branson’s Parks & Recreation Department was credited for its Embracing the Change campaign that connected with residents while they couldn’t leave home during the pandemic. Five winners were selected out of 29 nominees.
Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Missouri Inc. hired Chris Tuckness for the newly created role of chief of staff. He most recently served as a marketing director for Mercy and has 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, advertising, communications and special events. Tuckness also is certified in nonprofit management by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for which he’s served on the board of regents.
Show Me Christian County added board members Brad Jackson and Sohrab Shahandeh. Jackson is the newly elected Ozark mayor, and Shahandeh works as government affairs manager for Altice/Suddenlink.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Housing Collaborative and Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness worked in partnership with the Housing Options Must Expand Team to issue seven Housing Champion Awards: Becky Selle of The Kitchen Inc., Brandon Jones of Calvary Properties, the city of Springfield’s Department of Planning and Development, Hallmark Property’s Nicholas Court Apartments, Y Gardens, and landlords Crista Hogan and Nathan “Cal” Gray.
SBJ analyzes economic survey data results.
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.