KPM CPAs & Advisors hired Patricia Callaway as a manager in the firm’s accounting outsourcing department. With 20 years of accounting experience, she provides payroll, monthly accounting and controllership services to a variety of clients. Callaway holds a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Drury University.
Banking & Finance
Synergy Wealth Solutions Inc. hired financial adviser Chuck Dow as managing director of its new Springfield district office and added Stephanie Anderson as recruiting director. Dow has eight years of experience with Northwestern Mutual, and 20 years of leadership and management experience. Anderson has eight years of experience in marketing and nonprofits, most recently as development director for I Pour Life.
Nixa Public Schools promoted Ashley Copley to director of student services for the 2021-22 school year and hired Dawnielle Baker to succeed Copley in the assistant director of special services role. Copley, who has a doctorate in educational administration from Lindenwood University, fills a newly created position to provide students additional services as needed in the areas of behavioral, social and educational support. Baker has worked as director of special education for Strafford Public Schools since 2013.
Amy Thomas and Brandon Weldy were hired as assistant principals at Nixa Junior High. Thomas currently serves as the instructional coach at the junior high, and Weldy is a teacher at Republic Middle School.
Nixa Public Schools also hired Mandi Williams, Abby Wright and Sarah Miesner as elementary assistant principals. Williams currently teaches third grade at Mathews Elementary, Wright is an instructional coach at Century Elementary, and Miesner teaches second grade at John Thomas School of Discovery.
Tom Bass was appointed president of the Ozark Board of Education for the 2021-22 school year, and Andy Hedgpeth was named vice president. The board also swore in incumbent members Aaron Johns and Patty Quessenberry following the April 6 election.
Children’s Smile Center added Todd Johnson, Chandler Johnston and Kevin Yount to its board of directors. Johnson is an attorney and partner with Ellis, Ellis Hammons & Johnson PC, Johnston is a regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank, and Yount is an accountant and partner with Compere Robinette CPAs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Development Director Didem Koroglu received the 2021 National Newcomer Excellence Award in Resource Development from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She was selected from 28 finalists.
Visionhealth Eye Center in Republic moved; Gettin’ Basted expanded north to Springfield; and the second Springfield facility for Blue Iguana Car Wash opened.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.
Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he sees work-life balance very differently. When he was younger, he would push himself to take on more and more responsibility, but would stop and put his career on hold for months while living in New Zealand or Mexico, or to start a pet software project. He says he lives by the philosophy of work hard and play hard.
Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.
Michelle Romero, co-owner of PKD Venue, says her business has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by changing its business model to include food service. Now on top of serving as a venue for rent, they can keep revenue through online and pick up and go orders.
Dr. Clifton Petty, dean of the Breech School of Business at Drury University, lists three priorities for an effective MBA program. Petty says an entrepreneurial focus, a cohesive group of fellow students and an emphasis on hands-on experience are things students should look for in an MBA program. This is sponsored content.
Megan Short, the executive director of the Springfield Contractors Association, discusses her company’s organization strategies to encourage networking. She encourages organizing networking events around some activity and working to explicitly provide time during events for people to chat and have conversation.