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.
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.
With two new buildings under construction – a 144,000-square-foot preengineered metal building and an 8,000-square-foot office building – remanufacturing company SRC Holdings Corp. is expanding its Logistics division.
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.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, offer the Bible as a part of our booked series. The Meinsens discuss how they feel the Bible impacts their perspective on their day to day operations.