The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $750,000 grant to Springfield Community Gardens to train local veterans on farming techniques. The grant, called the Enhancing Agriculture Opportunities for Military Veterans Award, will help SGC, working with CoxHealth, in hiring five veterans for the coming year to work on the Amanda Belle’s Farm community garden planned across from Cox South Hospital. The organization also will provide organic small-scale farming techniques and hands-on training through 24 workshops for 50 veteran participants.
Banking & Finance
Central Trust Co. promoted Jordan Ellis to retirement services relationship manager. He works with retirement plan sponsors on their responsibilities and helps prepare plan participants. Formerly an investment assistant, Ellis has five years of banking experience. He has a bachelor’s in personal financial planning from University of Missouri and a master’s in the field from the College for Financial Planning.
BKD LLP promoted Katie Barrett to operations manager and Meg Green, Ana Hill, Gabriele McCollum and David Schoenhoff to manager positions. A 13-year employee with BKD, Barrett manages facilities, correspondence, mail and reception. Green is a member of BKD’s long-term care team providing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement consultation. She has a bachelor’s in accounting and international business from Saint Louis University and a master’s of accountancy from Missouri State University. Hill is a member of the long-term care team providing consultation and has a bachelor’s in accounting from Grand Canyon University. McCollum primarily works with community health center clients, providing audit services. She has a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU. Schoenhoff is a member of the BKD National Financial Services Group and the retail and business teams of the Springfield office. He provides tax, accounting and consulting services and has bachelor’s degrees in accountancy and business administration, as well as a master’s of accountancy and a tax certificate from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Evangel University added four faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year: Chanda Long Clayman as an associate professor in the Department of Education; Robert Eby as an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Global Church Ministries; Meghan Musy as an assistant professor of Old Testament studies; and Cory Shipley as an assistant professor of practical theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Clayman’s duties include supervising Evangel teacher candidates and serving as the school’s certification officer. She previously worked as director of teaching and learning for Ozark Public Schools and has a master’s in education from Missouri State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Liberty University. Eby also teaches master’s and doctoral classes at AGTS and serves as the director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching. He is an ordained minister and holds a master’s in contemporary theology from Lincoln Christian Seminary and a doctorate in biblical interpretation and theology from AGTS. Eby most recently served in a pastoral position with Southwest Community Church in Shorewood, Illinois. Musy teaches undergraduate theology classes at Evangel and master’s and doctoral classes at AGTS. She has a master’s in religious studies from MSU and a doctorate in Christian theology from McMaster Divinity College. Musy was previously the assistant professor of Old Testament at Southwestern University in Lakeland, Florida. Shipley is the project coordinator for the Doctor of Ministry program at AGTS. He holds a master’s in divinity from AGTS and a doctorate in ministry from Oral Roberts University. Shipley was previously a U.S. missionary from the Assemblies of God.
CoxHealth was among the hospitals recognized in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ 2020 Healthcare’s Most Wired program. CoxHealth received the Quality Award for achieving Digital Health Certified Acute and Ambulatory Level 8. CHIME performs annual surveys assessing how health care organizations apply advanced and core technologies in their clinical and business programs.
Springfield Victory Mission Inc. promoted Janelle Reed to advancement director. She’s responsible for creating and implementing its marketing, fundraising and branding plan. She joined Victory Mission in 2017 as a gift processor and later became its community engagement manager. Reed holds a bachelor’s in business management from Evangel University.
Mortgage lender Paddio named Ryan Kluttz as director of production. He previously worked with First Mortgage Solutions and Veterans United Home Loans, a sister brand of Paddio. Kluttz holds a bachelor’s in business management from Kansas State University.
The National Association of Realtors named Linda Brown of AMax Real Estate as one of its five 2020 Good Neighbor Awards winners. The honor recognizes real estate agents impacting their community through volunteer work. Brown co-founded Eden Village, a housing development for the homeless. The award comes with a $10,000 grant for Eden Village, and Brown will be featured in the November-December issue of Realtor Magazine.
Auto service veterans choose Springfield for long-term investments in Blue Iguana.
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.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.