Banking and Finance
Arvest Bank added Ladd Lanier and Steve Kelly as commercial loan managers and Jerrod Harmon as a commercial banker. Lanier previously worked as a loan manager for Arvest in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Kelly has 14 years of banking experience in credit, special assets and relationship management, and Harmon has three years of experience, most recently as a credit analyst at Springfield First Community Bank.
John Rehani, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial Inc., received the 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager award from Five Star Professional. Recipients are scored on 10 evaluation criteria, including client retention rates, assets administered and favorable regulatory and compliant histories. Rehani has 37 years of experience with Ameriprise.
BluCurrent Credit Union promoted Caroline Richardson and Kyle Short to directors of business services. Richardson has seven years of experience and started with BluCurrent as branch manager in 2014. Short started in 2010 as a member service representative and spent six years in the training department.
Retired Springfield Fire Department Chief David Hall was honored by Gov. Mike Parson with the Governor’s Medal, awarded to public safety officers for service above and beyond the call of duty. Hall, currently the emergency manager at Missouri State University, began his career at the Mountain Grove Volunteer Fire Department in 1983 and retired in 2017. He’s served as a University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training Institute adjunct instructor, co-developed Fire Officer I and II curricula, and held leadership roles in the Region D Homeland Security Oversight Committee.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, was elected chairman of the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee. The RPC, established in 1947, advances party positions on legislation, floor debate and votes.
Missouri Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, was elected as majority caucus whip. She will make sure caucus members are present to cast votes. Crawford filled the District 28 Senate seat vacated by now-Gov. Parson, representing Benton, Cedar, Dallas, Hickory, Laclede, Pettis, Polk and St. Clair counties.
Kent Hyde, a partner at Hyde, Love and Overby LLP, was recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his practice representing physicians, hospitals and attorneys. He has received the honor each year since 2007. Hyde has practiced law since 1984 and is board chairman of The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Co. in St. Louis.
Kampgrounds of America Inc. selected the Branson KOA Holiday Campground for the 2019 KOA President’s Award and the KOA Founder’s Award. The President’s Award recognizes exceptional quality standards and high customer scores. The Founder’s Award is the organization’s highest honor. The awards were presented at the KOA International Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.
Aurora native and fourth-generation cattle farmer Glen Cope was elected to the eight-member MFA Oil Co. Board of Directors to represent the southwest district. He currently serves on the FCS Financial Board as well as U.S. Rep. Billy Long’s agriculture advisory committee.
Bike enthusiast Cody Stringer is betting his bike share nonprofit will lead to a more bike-friendly city.
As employees are more mobile and have a desire to work from home, Haden Long owner of Ellecor, explains office spaces are trending towards a more home-like feel. Things like shared work spaces, office pets, and cozy furnishings allow employees to be selective about where they work and become more effective as a result.
Every industry has to navigate trend shifts, but Scott Shotts of Missouri Spirits describes the changes in beverage industry as anarchy. Tried-and-true spirits rules are being ignored. Learn how the local distillery balances following the trends for product development with taking risks.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.