Jeff Hays joined Legacy Bank and Trust as senior vice president and director of commercial real estate lending. He previously was CRE team leader for Commerce Bank and has 20 years of experience.
Springfield First Community Bank added three employees: Meridith Conboy as chief credit officer and senior vice president, Missey Hayward as vice president-Community Reinvestment Act/fair lending officer and Jordan Pierce as assistant banking center manager. Conboy has 25 years of banking experience, Hayward has 22 years and Pierce three years of experience.
Guaranty Bank promoted Lucas Jenkins to information technology applications manager at the bank’s operations center. He joined Guaranty Bank in 2014 as a network/systems analyst and was promoted to systems engineer in 2016. Jenkins has 10 years of IT experience and holds a bachelor’s in political science from Drury University.
The Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce presented four community awards. Vino Cellars at the Lake, owned by Steph and Matt Bekebrede, was named Business of the Year recognizing quality customer service and products. Layne Morrill, a Table Rock Lake-area businessperson, was given the Trailblazer Award for business and community leadership. Pam Burnett, director of the Stone County Health Department, received the Community Service Award for her work with county and state emergency management preparedness for COVID-19. The Guardian Award, given to first responders, went to Stone County Deputy Sheriff Brett Stump for providing school resource officers additional equipment.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, was unanimously reelected as chair of the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee. He was elected in 2019 as the committee’s 16th chair. Blunt is the fourth-ranking member of Republican leadership in the Senate.
The Missouri chapter of the American Planning Association awarded the city of Marshfield the 2020 Outstanding Plan Award. The Marshfield Community Growth Plan was recognized for focusing on residential growth, economic opportunities and infrastructure improvements.
University of Missouri School of Medicine alumnus Dr. David James Haustein joined the University of Missouri-Springfield Clinical Campus faculty as associate dean. He also performs clinical work. Haustein formerly worked as associate clinical professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the University of Louisville School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery. He holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Harding University, an M.D. from University of Missouri School of Medicine and an MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Loehr Health Center hired Drs. Jordan Abercrombie, Ryan Cleous and James Crawford. The company now has 10 chiropractors. Cleous and Crawford work at Loehr Health’s clinic in Farmers Park, and Abercrombie treats patients in the Weaubleau office.
BKD LLP hired Wendy Duff as human resources manager over the offices in Springfield, Branson and Joplin. She previously worked as the talent development strategist for Amprod Holdings LLC. Duff holds a bachelor’s in organizational management from Ashford University and a master’s in adult education and training from University of Phoenix.
The Law Office of Adam Woody was selected to the 2021 Best Law Firms list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Adam Woody has been recognized by Best Lawyers for three consecutive years.
A health care worker became a first-time business owner; a home baker decided to pursue a longtime dream of starting her own business; and Springfield-based Premier Choice Tax and Accounting Solutions LLC expanded its reach in Greene County.
Aaron Elliott never imagined he would get into medical device or create a self-defense fitness-based business. Now the co-owner of F8 Fitness and Self-Defense at the age of 46, he says Dr. Seuss nailed it on the head with “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” He says as long as you have the passion for it, you can do anything.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager of Arvest Bank Steve Kelly says now is the time to start looking at your financial situation—such as where you can cut back or prepare yourself for economic recovery.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …