KPM CPAs PC hired Sherry Michau as a manager in the tax department. She has 20 years of tax experience. The firm also hired Veronica Schultz as a senior accountant. She has three years of accounting experience. Kort Farran, who holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University, was hired as a staff accountant.
Banking and Finance
Guaranty Bank promoted Brittany Russom to assistant retail banking manager at its Republic Road branch. She joined Guaranty in 2014 as a teller in Nixa. Previously, Russom worked as a deposit service teller at the Rolla First State Community Bank and as a branch banker representative at Guaranty’s Sunshine Street location. She has an associate’s in business and marketing from Ozarks Technical Community College.
BKD LLP was named one of Inside Public Accounting 2020 Best of the Best Accounting Firms as a Best of the Best Top 5 Firm. The list marks the 10th consecutive year that BKD has been named a Best of the Best firm, selected based on survey responses from more than 540 firms.
Drury University listed in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2021 rankings. The school also was one of The Princeton Review’s Best 386 Colleges for the third year in a row, and it was in the rankings of best value universities in Washington Monthly and Money. The annual list uses data on student outcomes, graduation rates, faculty resources, alumni giving and expert opinions, and Drury was listed No. 26 on the Midwest Regional University list, having been in the top 30 for 25 years.
Springfield Public Schools were awarded $152,330 in back-to-school grants by the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. Grant requests are submitted by educators district-wide to receive additional support for their classrooms and facilities. Eighty grants were delivered to sites across the school district by FSPS Executive Director Natalie Murdock and Development Director Tina Pham.
Evangel University was named among the Colleges of Distinction for 2020-21. The award, which came with a special focus on Evangel’s departments of business and education, is given to institutions in the areas of student engagement, teaching, community vibrancy and outcomes.
Sun Solar was named one of the top 150 solar contractors in the United States by the publication Solar Power World in its annual Top Solar Contractor list. The list comprised 400 top contractors. Companies are ranked based on kilowatt capacity of projects installed in the past year, and Sun Solar installed 6,219 kilowatts in 2019.
The Missouri Association of Insurance Agents elected Richard Ollis, CEO of insurance firm Ollis/Akers/Arney, to its board of directors as its region 10 director. This is his first term on the board for which he’ll represent Hickory, Polk, Greene, Dallas, Webster, Christian, Stone and Taney counties. Ollis joins 24 other board members. The MAIA is an association of independent insurance agents in Missouri, representing around 4,000 agents and brokers.
NewStream Enterprises LLC, a supply chain management company, hired Ha Beavers as its marketing coordinator. She is a recent graduate from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s in digital film and television production. In her new role, she’ll be responsible for crafting inbound marketing strategies for NewStream.
Laine Scholz was hired as the new director of development by FosterAdopt Connect, a foster care organization. She is the owner of Garbo’s Pizzeria and was previously the director of development for The Geek Foundation, a nonprofit technical education organization.
A health care worker became a first-time business owner; a home baker decided to pursue a longtime dream of starting her own business; and Springfield-based Premier Choice Tax and Accounting Solutions LLC expanded its reach in Greene County.
Aaron Elliott never imagined he would get into medical device or create a self-defense fitness-based business. Now the co-owner of F8 Fitness and Self-Defense at the age of 46, he says Dr. Seuss nailed it on the head with “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” He says as long as you have the passion for it, you can do anything.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager of Arvest Bank Steve Kelly says now is the time to start looking at your financial situation—such as where you can cut back or prepare yourself for economic recovery.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …