Banking and Finance
Matt Clark of Abacus CPA LLC’s audit team received the certified internal auditor designation, and staff accountant Tucker Virnig became a certified public accountant. The designation is given by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to those who meet education and experience requirements and pass an exam.
Systematic Savings Bank added Ryan DeBoef to its board of directors. He’s the chief of staff and assistant to the president for governmental relations at Missouri State University, where he had served as legal counsel, and he also worked as a senior associate attorney for Husch Blackwell LLP.
Green Circle Projects LLC hired Bruce Colony as director of construction and Matt Wagner as director of communications. Colony was formerly chief operating officer for DeWitt & Associates Inc. and has held positions with Branson Airport, Bass Pro Shops and Wonders of Wildlife. Wagner comes from BKD LLP as a marketing content manager and has experience as a journalist at Springfield Business Journal and Springfield News-Leader.
Springfield’s Environmental Services Department named Wade Drossel and Ron Petering as assistant directors. Drossel began his career in production management and has experience with a rural electric cooperative designing transmission lines, inspecting projects and writing contracts. Petering spent 30 years with Kansas City-based engineering and construction firm Shafer, Kline & Warren Inc. They work together to comply with regulations and implement the city’s sewer overflow control, capital improvement and integrated solid waste management plans, among other duties.
Doug Colvin, director of Nixa Utilities and Public Works, received the John Tom Tinsley Distinguished Service Award by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. It recognizes service to the alliance for at least 10 years, as well as contributions to the betterment of the community. Colvin joined the city of Nixa in 2004, after 16 years working in public utilities, public works and city management in Iola, Kansas.
Missouri Pharmacy Association recognized two Alps Pharmacy pharmacists with awards. Erica Mahn received the Pharmacist Making A Difference Award for improving the quality of life for her patients, and Morgan Miller earned the Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award for her work in Alps’ addiction program.
Gina McMurtrey Interiors LLC hired Fernanda Edwards as a junior designer. Through her own company, Edwards has worked with clients, developers and contractors worldwide. She does space planning, 3D renderings, design consultations and project management.
Habitat for Humanity of Springfield promoted Development Associate Abby Glenn to development director. With a master’s in communication from Drury University, she works on donor cultivation, major gifts and planned giving, house sponsorships, grant procurement, special events, public relations, volunteer engagement and marketing.
Angie Perryman of The Arc of the Ozarks Foundation Inc. received the Human Service Provider Advocacy Award from The Arc of Missouri at the fifth annual Educational Summit. She developed training programs to aid individuals with disabilities and co-founded the community inclusion partnership in Greene County.
The Southwest Center for Independent Living appointed Shannon Porter as CEO after six months as interim CEO. Porter has been affiliated with SCIL since 2010 and most recently served as deputy director.
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.