BKD LLP promoted four staff members in its Springfield office. Jessica Cullen and Nathan Fitzgerald were promoted to director positions, and Leia Huffman and Angela Yarbrough were named senior managers. A member of the BKD National Health Care Group, Cullen provides audits and consulting services to long-term care facilities, and prepares real estate filings for entities that receive financing through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in accountancy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a private client services adviser, Fitzgerald is a member of the BKD National Manufacturing and Distribution Group, as well as the Springfield office’s retail and business services team. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Drury University. Huffman is a member of BKD Wealth Advisors LLC and has a bachelor’s in finance from Missouri State University. Yarbrough consults long-term care providers on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and requirements. She has a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU.
Gov. Mike Parson appointed Susan Chapman, of Branson, as Taney County assessor, after she won the August primary election. She had served as interim assessor. Chapman previously worked as a real estate broker and owner of Twenty First Century Investment LLC.
The Chronicle for Higher Education named College of the Ozarks one of the 2020 Great Colleges to Work For, based on questionnaires on institutional characteristics and faculty/staff evaluations, as well as analyses of demographic data and workplace policies. The Great Colleges program factored responses from 40,000 employees at 221 colleges, and College of the Ozarks was one of three Missouri colleges recognized, and one of two in the compensation and benefits category.
Drury University educators David Mercer and Joel Thomas were recognized for excellence in the evening and online program, called Drury GO, for teaching and mentoring. Mercer received the 2020 Steve Hynds Online Educator of the Year Award. His day job is as the first assistant federal public defender and supervisor of the Springfield branch office of the federal public defender for the Western District of Missouri. Thomas was named the Drury GO 2019-20 Sue Collins Educator of the Year, an award given for “bringing a subject to life in an engaging, relevant and challenging way.” Thomas works as senior manager of special projects at Jack Henry & Associates Inc. Both awards are nominated by students.
MSU received $960,000 in Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities grant funding. MSU was one of three Missouri entities to share in $3.53 million awarded through the federal program started in 2018 by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, the current chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.
Donna Gloe, of Marshfield, was appointed to the nine-member Missouri State Board of Nursing that regulates nursing education, licensure and practice. Currently a substitute preschool teacher, she’s worked as a clinical instructor for the Mercy College of Nursing at Southwest Baptist University and as director of MSU’s Simulation Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Education.
Springfield Business Journal hired Linda Leslie as a sales account executive and Christine Morton as a news reporter. Leslie previously worked as owner/director of sales and marketing of Simply Social Group. She also has experience in account management at Alexander Open Systems and Windstream. Morton was most recently a reporter for KY3 and has a master’s in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University.
With two new buildings under construction – a 144,000-square-foot preengineered metal building and an 8,000-square-foot office building – remanufacturing company SRC Holdings Corp. is expanding its Logistics division.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, offer the Bible as a part of our booked series. The Meinsens discuss how they feel the Bible impacts their perspective on their day to day operations.