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Newsmakers: Nov. 11-17, 2019

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Accounting
Duckett Ladd LLP hired Cody Sapp as tax manager. He has nine years of experience in public accounting, most recently as supervisor at Abacus CPAs LLC. Sapp has a bachelor’s in business administration from College of the Ozarks, a master’s in accounting from Missouri State University and a master’s of taxation from Golden Gate University.

Banking and Finance
Legacy Bank & Trust Co. named Eric Leonard as executive vice president and senior lending officer. He has 25 years of banking experience and focuses on commercial clients in the retail, real estate, construction and manufacturing industries. Leonard also specializes in affordable housing and low-income housing tax credit financing.

Health Care
Integrity Home Care LLC received a certification from independent research and consulting firm Great Place to Work Institute. It’s based on over 1,000 surveys from Integrity team members’ experiences on the job.

Media
The Mystery Hour LLC creator and host Jeff Houghton received the Navigator Media Award at the Missouri Governor’s Conference in Columbia. The award recognizes a broadcast, print or electronic media business or organization that supports and promotes tourism through traditional media or emerging technology. The Mystery Hour late night TV talk show is in its ninth season and now broadcasts in 17 markets nationwide.

Seven Mediacom employees were recognized for customer service during a ceremony at Mediacom’s Regional Operations Center in Springfield: Cathy White, National Gold-Level Customer Service Scorecard for Excellence; Danielle Romero, National Gold-Level Mediacom Business Sales Support Employee of the Year; Matthew Thompson, National Silver-Level Outstanding Sales; Raymond Garcia, National Silver-Level Innovation; Alex Mudge, Area Operations Employee of the Year; Melissa Henderson, People’s Choice Award; and Thomas Lint, Employee’s Choice Employee of the Year.

Municipal
Jarad Giddens was appointed to the vacant Nixa City Council District 1 seat, replacing Kendal Dingus, who resigned to focus on his son’s health. Before joining council, Giddens had seats on the city’s Home Rule Charter Review Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission. He is the owner of Jarad Giddens Consulting.

The Springfield Police Department promoted six staff members: Officers Casandra Lightwine and Michael Walker to corporal; Cpl. Dan Simmons and Officer John Loe to sergeant; Police Services Representative Keith Henry to police services supervisor; and Administrative Assistant Brandy Osborn to office administrator.

Nonprofit
The Better Business Bureau St. Louis and its Springfield office won four Outstanding BBB Awards at the 49th International BBB Assembly. The awards were in the categories of Outreach, Single Case Advertising Review, Media Engagement and Single Case Investigation Myers Memorial Award – for its investigation of 10 southwest Missouri-based timeshare exit businesses.

The Darr Family Foundation Board of Directors elected Erin Danastasio as president, succeeding Thomas Slaight. She most recently served as secretary with the foundation. Other executive officers elected for two-year terms were Tara Chitwood as vice president; Tim Chitwood as treasurer; and Kate Hellweg as secretary.

Real Estate
The Missouri Land Title Association elected Mark Foglesong, president of D.D. Hamilton Title Co. Inc., as president during its annual convention in Kansas City. The association represents title companies in all Missouri counties.

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