BKD LLP was named among Inside Public Accounting’s 2021 Best of the Best Accounting Firms. In its 11th consecutive year on the list, BKD also ranked as a top-scoring firm. The selections are based on survey responses from over 500 firms and analyses considering investments in employees, people-first policies and sustainable growth through acquisitions.
Old Missouri Bank promoted Luke Hansen, Cody Hansen, Ryan Sutherland and Eric Vandergriff to senior vice president positions. Now OMB’s chief risk officer, Luke Hansen has worked in banking for 20 years, five of them as a compliance officer for the bank. Cody Hansen’s move to chief credit officer from a credit review manager builds upon his nearly 20 years in banking, including time with the Missouri Division of Finance, 2006-2019. He holds a bachelor’s in finance from Missouri State University. Senior commercial lender Sutherland began working at OMB in 2016 and has 20 years of banking experience, with a bachelor’s in business administration from College of the Ozarks. Vandergriff, now over the bank’s retail and deposit operations, has 15 years of industry experience, including the last four years at OMB.
State Bank of Southwest Missouri bankers Tiffany Nichols and Courtney Parsel earned diplomas from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. Nichols, a vice president who joined State Bank in 2009, served as 2021 class representative at the school and delivered a commencement address, as well as a peer mentor for incoming students. She holds a master’s in organizational leadership from Evangel University. Parsel, State Bank’s director of client relationships, coordinated annual events for Missouri bankers at the school, and also served as a peer mentor and was part of a five-person bank management simulation team named Best Bank for their sound bank management practices. With 11 years of community banking and lending experience, she holds a bachelor’s in political science from MSU.
Nabholz Inc. hired Bay Mourer for the new role of business development officer in the Springfield market. He has 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, including positions at John Deere and management of his own firm, Solid Ground Marketing. Mourer holds a bachelor’s in agricultural economics and accounting from Oklahoma State University.
Citizens Memorial Healthcare added certified nurse practitioner Ashley Carpenter to the medical staff at the CMH Institute of Pain Management in Bolivar. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, her practice treats neck and back pain, herniated discs, headaches, joint dysfunction and nerve issues.
Springfield Public Works and Environmental Services departments were collectively reaccredited by the American Public Works Association for management practices. The city achieved 100% compliance to become one of eight agencies in Missouri and among only 1% of communities nationwide currently accredited. Public Works and Environmental Services first earned APWA accreditation in 2013 and were reaccredited in 2017.
Republic hired Allyssa Dudley as public information officer, succeeding three-year spokesperson Mike Landis. Dudley began her career as a journalist in central Missouri, then became a staff writer and later digital editor for Missouri Lawyers Media, and most recently served as director of communications for GB Entertainment in St. Louis.
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Advance Auto Parts opened its first store in Springfield; Natural Grocers made its Springfield debut; and a business owner with experience in the insurance, financial planning and digital marketing fields entered the restaurant industry.
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.