BKD LLP named Jim Ashley, Eric Rogers and Ryan Sivill as partners in the firm and promoted Rachel Elsberry and Catherine Gilpin to managing directors, effective June 1. Ashley, a private client services adviser, is the national leader of the accounting outsourcing services growth initiative for cloud accounting support services, as well as a member of the national commercial services group. Rogers is a member of the national health care performance advisory services team and has 17 years of clinical and administrative experience in health care. Sivill, a member of the commercial audit team, provides financial reporting and assurance services, consults on business transactions and serves as the administrative leader of the audit department in the southern Missouri practice. As a member of BKD’s financial and private client services teams, Elsberry provides tax planning, consulting and preparation services as well as assurance services in the employee benefit plan and banking industries. Gilpin, a member of the national health care group, provides specialized consulting services to community health centers.
Guaranty Bank promoted Allison Kimes to assistant vice president and human resources operations officer. Kimes has seven years of banking experience and has worked 16 years in human resources, including stints with Commerce Bank and Redneck Trailer Supplies. Kimes joined Guaranty Bank in 2016.
The Ozark Board of Education hired Sandra Roy as the South Elementary principal for the 2021-22 school year to succeed Kim Fitzpatrick, who was promoted to executive director of student services. Roy has taught in Ozark since 2011 and taught in Verona and Aurora prior. She has a master’s in education administration from Lindenwood University, as well as a doctorate and specialist degree in educational leadership from William Woods University.
Evangel University professor Sandy Friesen received the E.M. & Estella Clark Award and professor Sarah Walters was honored with the Orville & Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award. The awards recognize excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. In the Theology & Global Church Ministries Department, Friesen coordinates intercultural studies. She’s taught at Evangel since 1996 and is credited with growing the intercultural studies and missions programs that feed into the Assemblies of God denomination, as well as leading the Crosswalk campus organization for spiritual development and service opportunities. Walters, an assistant professor of kinesiology and program coordinator for the master of organizational leadership degree, has taught at Evangel since 2011. She was recognized for turning the Kinesiology Department into a recruitment tool for the school, as well as securing accreditation for kinesiology degree programs with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks hired former city of Springfield and Greene County leader Tim Smith to help coordinate pandemic recovery and rebuilding resources available through the federal American Rescue Plan. His role includes reviewing the stimulus bills and act approved by Congress this year; researching programs, rules and eligibility criteria for funding opportunities; coordinating communication among recipients; and cataloging funds received. Smith retired in 2014 as administrator for Greene County, where he worked since 1992. He served as deputy city manager 2014-17.
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the opening of La Habana Vieja; independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office; and a veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.