Banking & Finance
Edward Jones financial advisers Weston Kissee in Springfield and Mitch Holmes in Branson were selected to attend the 2021 Edward Jones’ Financial Advisor Leaders Conference. Held virtually this year, the conference provides advisers with industry updates and best practices.
Niche.com gave the Ozark School District an overall A rating and ranked it No. 1 in five categories: Best School District in the Springfield Area, Best Place to Teach in the Springfield Area, Best School District in Christian County, District with the Best Teachers in Christian County and Best School District for Athletes in Christian County. Ozark also was the 19th-rated school district in Missouri and 894th in the nation.
Nixa High School received the 2021 Gold College Success Award from GreatSchools.org. Recognized for its track record of preparing students for college, Nixa was one of 1,170 high schools in 26 states to earn the gold distinction.
Gov. Mike Parson appointed Kasey Griffin, of Ash Grove, to the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. Griffin owns and operates Wilson-Griffin Funeral Homes, and with state licenses for funeral directors and embalmers, he has 17 years of experience in funeral services. Previously, he worked as human resources manager for Missouri Cooperage-Independent Stave Co.
Citizens Memorial Hospital neuropsychologist Dr. Robert Denney received the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Distinguished Service Award for 2021. The award recognizes Denney’s longstanding and exemplary career in the field. He works for CMH’s Neurology and Headache Center and the Missouri Memory Center in Bolivar and is certified in forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Fordland Clinic added five board members: Pam Capp, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines; Harry Chapin, senior wealth officer at The Seymour Bank; Valerie Cochara, middle school teacher and gifted coordinator for Fordland Public Schools; Kendra Cunningham, branch manager for Home Pride Bank in Fordland; and Mike Dawson, executive director of instruction for Branson Public Schools.
Branden Twibell, a partner and lawyer with Twibell Pierson Criminal Law, was named a 2022 Best Lawyer in America for Criminal Defense: White Collar by Best Lawyers. He’s served in private practice since 2013.
Missouri Press Association elected Amos Bridges, editor-in-chief of the Springfield News-Leader, as second vice president of the 2022 board of directors. Bridges has worked at the News-Leader for 17 years and this year added the role of state news director.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri received the Social Sector Award during the Gathering of Games Conference in Dallas. The award recognizes not-for-profit, education and government entities for their success in applying the Great Game of Business open-book management principles. Since implementing GGOB, CASA has recorded revenue growth of 46% as well as a net increase in volunteers of 98%, while serving an additional 150 foster children in the region.
Alpha Social Media looks to triple revenue on a variety of multimedia services.
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.