BKD LLP hired Christine Daues as regional marketing director for its national advisory services, Angela McLaughlin as a member of its accounting outsourcing services group and Stephanie Moser as a senior manager for its national nonprofit, higher education and governmental group. Daues, who previously worked as marketing strategy manager for Paul Mueller Co. and has 18 years of broadcast journalism experience, leads the marketing team over seven practice units. She holds a bachelor’s in communications and journalism from Ohio University. With 10 years’ experience with Expedia, McLaughlin assesses BKD client accounting systems and business functions and makes recommendations for improvement. She holds a master’s in accounting from Missouri State University. Moser most recently served as controller and financial services director for Drury University and previously worked eight years at BKD. She provides audit and review services and holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Drury.
ADsmith Marketing and Advertising added Shauna Craig and Hannah Kincade as administrative assistants. They support the account services and creative teams. Craig holds a bachelor’s in management from Webster University, and Kincade holds a bachelor’s in public relations from MSU. She previously worked at the Springfield Art Museum as a marketing and development intern.
Devon Gengler joined Hood-Rich Inc. as an architect. With nine years of experience in architectural work, she holds a master’s in architecture from Drury.
Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank promoted Ryan Bowling to assistant vice president, marketing communications officer. He has 17 years of marketing and communications experience, including as a journalist with the Christian County Headliner News, and joined the bank in 2014 as an online marketing specialist. Bowling holds a bachelor’ in journalism and writing from Drury.
Russell Cellular Inc. made five executive promotions. The Verizon retail agent moved Jeven Russell to co-president from vice president of operations, Layton Alsup to vice president of executive support, Daniel Hyder to chief sales officer, Nathan Mindeman to chief strategy officer and Kurt Reinhart to vice president of learning and development.
Mike O’Hare, sales manager for James River Ford in Ozark, received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a program of the U.S. Department of Defense. The award recognizes extraordinary support of an organization’s employees and their family members who serve in the National Guard and reserves. O’Hare was nominated by Army National Guard Sgt. Samuel McCahon when they both worked at Reliable BMW in Springfield.
Van Pelt & Van Pelt PC was ranked Tier I in the 2022 U.S. News Best Law Firms for family law in the Springfield area. The rankings are based on client and lawyer evaluations and a peer review.
Wampler & Passanise Law Office was named a Tier 1 firm for Criminal Defense: General Practice and DUI/DWI Defense and Tier 2 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. It’s the seventh consecutive recognition for the firm. Attorney Joseph Passanise was named to Best Lawyers in America 2022 for Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and DUI/DWI Defense, and Springfield Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: White-Collar. He holds a Juris Doctor from Washburn University.
Local medical marijuana dispensaries must find ways to get creative with their marketing in light of industry advertising regulations released this summer by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.