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Newsmakers: Oct. 11-17, 2021

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Accounting
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.

Banking
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.

Construction
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.

Health Care
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.

Municipal
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.

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