Anson Elliott, of Springfield, and Jim McCann, of Miller, were named to the state’s Agriculture Advisory Council. Elliott is an agricultural professor at Missouri State University, and McCann owns and operates a cattle ranch.
Banking & Finance
Arvest Bank promoted Melissa Box to mortgage lender in Branson. She previously worked in the bank’s business development division as a commercial lender.
Special education teacher Jean Lawson was named Teacher of the Year by Springfield Public Schools for the 2018-19 academic year. At Truman Elementary, she leads a class centered on communication, socialization and sensor-integration.
MSU junior William Miller, of Sullivan, was named to the college’s Board of Governors. Miller, an administrative-management student, will serve a two-year term.
Brooks Miller was appointed to the board of directors for the Missouri Foundation for Health. The president and CEO of Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Miller also served on the foundation’s community advisory council.
Attorney Adam Woody of the Law Office of Adam Woody LLC was elected to a one-year term as vice president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, representing more than 450 attorneys.
The National Association of Broadcasters presented a Crystal Award to KTTS-FM for its commitment to community service. The 2018 award is the second for the radio station in three years.
The Smart Electric Power Alliance ranked the city of Nixa as No. 10 among cities nationwide for increasing solar-power watts per customer in 2017. With the city’s new solar farm, the largest in the state, Nixa added 831.1 solar-power watts per customer.
The city of Willard earned a Missouri Municipal League Innovation Award. It recognizes the skills-building children’s program called the Willard Drug Abuse Resistance Education/Police Athletic League Outdoor Character Camp.
The Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast elected its 2019 officers and board members: Bill Squires, president; Patrick Harrington, president-elect; Bill White, secretary; Kelly Danielson, treasurer; Chelsey Bode; Brandon Dake; Robin Gann; Lisa Odom; and Rusty Worley.
Rachel Wood joined the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau as chief marketing officer. She was CEO of Outback Properties, before joining Branson Airport in 2008 to work as deputy director of air service development and marketing, as well as vice president of FlyBranson Travel.
CPI Technologies was chosen as a member of the HP Partner First Managed Print Premier Program, allowing the company and its customers exclusive access to HP products. About 200 companies nationwide are in the program.
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.