BKD LLP promoted Justin Kensinger in its Springfield office to partner, along with 11 others companywide. He was a director for eight years and is a member of the BKD National Health Care Group.
Ireland Architects Inc. hired Brad Davenport as a project manager. He has two years of industry experience and earned a master’s in architecture from Drury University.
Banking and Finance
Arvest Bank hired Sandy Terrell as a client adviser and trust specialist. She has 14 years’ experience and is responsible for the administration, development and maintenance of trust and individual retirement accounts, along with administrative services to high net worth clients.
Guaranty Bank promoted Kassie Pitts and Sarah Terral to assistant retail banking managers. Pitts previously worked as a branch banker specialist and earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Missouri State University. Terral has 10 years’ experience at Guaranty and earned a bachelor’s from MSU.
Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Kara Turner to relationship banking officer from development specialist in the business banking department. She has 18 years of sales experience and is responsible for managing and assisting clients with personal banking needs.
Old Missouri Bank elected David McBeath and Donny Johns to its board of directors. McBeath is executive vice president and chief financial officer for OMB and oversees all financial and regulatory accounting for the bank. Johns is executive vice president and chief financial officer of AG Financial and has spent 20 years in the corporate finance sector.
The OMB Board of Directors appointed Terry McCullough as chairman and Jon Gold as vice chairman of the board. McCullough is managing partner of McCullough & Associates LLC and has 40 years of experience in tax, accounting, finance, investment and estate planning. Gold is a partner at Reynolds & Gold Law and has been on the board since 1999.
Springfield Public Schools selected Angela Holloway Payne as Boyd Elementary School principal. She’s worked 12 years as a teacher and 10 years as an elementary school principal for Shelby County Schools in Memphis. She currently serves as a superintendent in Stafford, Kansas.
Olsson Inc. ranked No. 96 in the top 100 design firms list by Engineering News-Record. The firm moved up two spots this year based on 7% revenue growth the last fiscal year.
Custom Powder Systems LLC received a 2019 Safety Award of Merit from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International. The award, selected by the FMA Safety Council, recognizes metal fabrication companies adhering to excellence in safety.
Springfield’s Give 5 program won a 2019 Innovation Award in the Extra-Large City category from the Missouri Municipal League. The program, launched in late 2017, has matched 140 participants with volunteer opportunities at nonprofits. The awards are given to honor projects across Missouri that enhance the quality of life for cities.
The Reputation Institute Inc. and Forbes magazine ranked Bass Pro Shops as the No. 12 most reputable company in America. More than 2,200 companies were measured, with Bass Pro ranking higher than Disney, Amazon, FedEx and Samsung.
Crave Cookie Dough owners eye store No. 2 as they enter the second year in business.
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.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.