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.
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Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.