Banking and Finance
Ozark Bank hired Tim Austin as senior vice president and commercial lender at its Nixa branch. With a background in agricultural lending and 30 years of banking experience, he most recently worked at Legacy Bank & Trust Co. in Sparta. Austin is responsible for the cultivation of new business relationships, loan portfolio management and community involvement.
Commerce Bank was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the World’s Best Banks for 2019 and ranked second among Missouri-based banks. Out of 415 banks in 23 countries on the list, Commerce Bank ranked 41st in the nation. Forbes surveyed more than 40,000 customers and evaluated banks on trust, customer service, digital services, terms and conditions, and financial advice.
Greg DeLong, senior vice president and financial adviser at Morgan Stanley’s Springfield Wealth Management office, was named to Forbes Magazine’s 2019 list of America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, ranking No. 36 in Missouri.
Branco Enterprises Inc. earned a second-place finish for safety excellence in the General Contractor Division during the Midwest Construction Safety Conference & Expo in Blue Springs. Branco was selected by a panel of five independent judges during the 12th annual program.
The Missouri Association of School Administrators selected Springfield Public Schools Superintendent John Jungmann for the 2019 Robert L. Pierce Award. A committee of peers selected him from nominees in each of the eight MASA districts. Jungmann, who joined SPS in 2014, was noted as students in learning through project-based environments and developing the Envisioning Excellence process to involve community members.
Nixa Public Schools selected David Kelly as head principal for Nixa High School, Josh Bennett as assistant principal for High Pointe Elementary and Emily Myers as assistant principal at John Thomas School of Discovery and Inman Intermediate. Kelly succeeds Mark McGehee, who was promoted to executive director of human resources. Bennett follows Mandy Beckler, who was hired as principal of Logan-Rogersville’s primary school. Myers succeeds Garrett Lowder, who was hired as director of academic services for the Marshfield school district.
TripAdvisor recognized the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks as a Top 25 Small Hotel in the U.S. in its 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Winners in eight categories were determined by millions of reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe.
The Keeter Center’s Dobyns Dining Room was named Best Branson-Area Restaurant by 417 Magazine. It also took second place for Best Place for Brunch and Best Restaurant Service in the Best of 417 2019: Food & Drink.
TripAdvisor named Branson to its top U.S. destinations for 2019, the eighth time the city has been on the list. Branson ranked 19th, ahead of Seattle, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. New York City ranked first, followed by Maui and Oahu in Hawaii.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medical District received the InterContinental Hotels Group 2018 Torchbearer Award. It’s one of 216 American hotels chosen out of 5,300 IHG properties systemwide, based on guest experiences and customer satisfaction ratings.
HR Advantage LLC hired Elizabeth Hurst as business development manager to cultivate relationships with employers to assess their human resource needs. She served the past five years as development manager for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
The Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust named Laura Wagner as director. She serves as a liaison between the Laborer’s International Union of North America and signatory companies in collective bargaining agreements. Wagner has 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations and business development.
The community’s architectural and engineering professionals present these 25 projects as an insight into their portfolios.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.