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.
Delays push $4.5M renovation project into 2021.
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Local Musician Barak Hill talks about how he started writing music and earning money from his skills. He says his first motivation to start making money was to get music to pay for itself.
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Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
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Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”