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Newsmakers: Nov. 2-8, 2020

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Abe Cole was named chief operating officer for BKD LLP to succeed the retiring Eric Hansen. Cole continues to serve as managing partner of the firm’s north region, which includes Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University.

Aircraft Management LLC promoted Ken Evers to the new position of safety officer. He joined the company in early 2019 as a line pilot on the Cessna CJ2 fleet. Evers is responsible for the charter service’s safety management system and all compliance matters.

Banking and Finance
Commerce Bank promoted Greg Morris to commercial banking relationship manager handling business development, as well as banking, borrowing and treasury management for commercial clients. Morris holds a bachelor’s in finance from MSU with an emphasis in real estate.

Mid-West Family Broadcasting hired Tiffany Browning as a sales representative. She has two years of media experience, most recently with KSGF, and started a nonprofit called Rural Kids Coalition.

Nexstar stations KOLR and KRBK hired T.J. Springer as a meteorologist. He’s an Emmy Award-winning meteorologist from Nexstar station KSN in Wichita, Kansas. Springer has received the American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist distinction, and he earned a bachelor’s in meteorology from Millersville University.

Drury University department of history, philosophy and religion professors Chris Panza, Peter Browning and Ted Vaggalis were honored by the Missouri Humanities Council with Excellence in Education Awards for inspiring students and engaging the public. For two years, the professors have held a weekly public reading to discuss influential philosophers.

MSU’s 2020 Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Public Affairs went to six staff and faculty members. The staff members are Samantha Francka, marketing and web specialist in international programs; Diana Garland, Learning Commons director and Bear CLAW co-director; and A’dja Jones, student athlete development and community relations director. The faculty members are Kevin Evans, professor of geography, geology and planning; Lisa Hall, associate professor of psychology and gerontology program coordinator; and Elizabeth Sobel, professor of anthropology. Each winner receives a $1,500 grant for travel and projects related to their public affairs work.

Real Estate
Kailey York was promoted to vice president of finance for Entrust Property Solutions. A certified public accountant, she has public accounting and private-sector finance experience. She oversees Entrust’s accounting and finance activities, and assists with the company’s strategic efforts.


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