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.
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.