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Newsmakers: May 25-31, 2020

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Esterly, Schneider & Associates Inc. added Claire Reed as an architectural intern. She is currently a student at Drury University.

Banking and Finance
Regent Bank hired Mick Nitsch as Springfield market president and promoted Nick Burlison to senior commercial banking officer for its Missouri region. Formerly the regional bank president at The Bank of Missouri, Nitsch succeeds Craig Dunn, who left Regent to work as Guaranty Federal Bancshares Inc.’s executive vice president and chief commercial banking officer. Nitsch was with The Bank of Missouri for 14 years. Burlison was among former Bear State Bank employees, including Dunn, who helped launch Regent Bank’s local office in early 2018.

Commerce Trust Co. appointed James Ballard as private client adviser to the Springfield regional office trust and wealth management team. He is responsible for helping high-net-worth clients build wealth and meet financial goals. Ballard has 10 years of legal and estate planning experience, most recently serving as attorney and owner of the Ballard Law Firm LLC.

Paula Dougherty, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial Inc., was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Top Women Advisors 2020. She ranked No. 960, based on assets under management, industry experience, regulatory and compliance records, and revenue produced for her firm. With 25 years of industry experience, Dougherty recorded team assets (custodied) of $182 million, a $250,000 minimum account size for new business and $1 million-$5 million typical household account size, according to the rankings independently determined by Shook Research.

The Ozark School District named three new administrators for the 2020-21 academic year: Gina McBain as West Elementary School principal; Erin McAninch as Ozark High School assistant principal; and Karen Capen as East Elementary School assistant principal. McBain joined the district in 2001 as a teacher and special education process coordinator and has been acting interim head principal at West Elementary since January. McAninch has worked as a mathematics teacher since 2002 in Ozark. Capen has served as an instructional coach since 2016 after previously working at Nixa Public Schools starting in 2006 as a classroom teacher and math specialist.

The Missouri Association of School Administrators honored Gordon Pace with the Outstanding Emeritus Educator Award. Pace, currently a professor of education in Evangel University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies, is the former superintendent of the Ozark School District. The award recognizes individuals for continued interest in public education following retirement, along with length of administrative service, MASA participation and career accomplishments.

Monsees & Mayer PC added Ryan Frazier as an attorney. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a minor in economics from the University of Missouri. Frazier most recently worked at Neale & Newman LLP.

Kris Inman was selected as director of the Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications Department. He joined the department in 1994 as a telecommunicator and most recently served as the training and education manager. With 25 years of experience, Inman leads a department of 70 employees.

The Kitchen Inc. hired Larrissa Radcliff-McBride as housing specialist for community housing. She has a background as a substance abuse counselor and in hospital administration.


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