Banking and Finance
Ozark Bank added Shane Strahl as senior vice president and commercial lender at the Highway NN branch in Ozark. He handles loan portfolio management, new business development and community relations. Strahl has 25 years’ experience in banking, including a stint at The Bank of Missouri.
Ying Cao was named director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching at Drury University. She previously spent 13 years at Zhengzhou No. 1 High School in China and also taught at Tufts University in Massachusetts and Oregon State University.
Andy B’s Entertainment & Bowling Centers hired Jordan Lewis as an accountant. Lewis has worked in public accounting as a staff assistant and holds a bachelor’s in accounting and an MBA from Missouri State University.
Burrell Behavioral Health Inc. received a $2.7 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to fund its Treatment and Recovery Expansion and Enhancement project. The funds will be spread out over five years to enhance and expand addiction treatment, intervention and recovery services for youth and young adults with substance abuse disorders.
Nixa City Council appointed Joe Campbell as interim chief of police following the promotion of former chief Jimmy Liles to Nixa city administrator. Campbell, a former major for the Nixa department, will stay in the position until a council review in 2019.
Jasmine Bailey was named public affairs officer for the Springfield Police Department. She most recently worked as a news anchor for KNSF-TV in Joplin and holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri.
U.S. Rep. Billy Long, R-Springfield, received the National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award. It’s given to members of Congress for their commitment to protecting small business.
Dizmang Properties Inc. broker and owner Paul Dizmang received the 2018 Richard A. Mendenhall Award from Missouri Realtors for leadership skills, commitment to service and enthusiastic spirit throughout his career.
La Nora Kay of Good Life Realty of Missouri in Branson was named 2018 Realtor of the Year by Missouri Realtors. The award is given to a member who exemplifies dedication to the National Association of Realtors’ code of ethics, efforts to encourage good real estate practices among other brokers, volunteer work and business accomplishments.
Deana Wolfe of ReeceNichols Real Estate received the R. Layne Morrill Award from Missouri Realtors. Recognizing career-long political involvement to advance the legislative agenda of Realtors, Wolfe was honored for her work in a real estate political action committee.
The Missouri Public Transit Association elected Kelly Turner of City Utilities as an officer on its board of directors. He spent 11 years as a consulting engineer before joining CU and holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
The community’s architectural and engineering professionals present these 25 projects as an insight into their portfolios.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.