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Newsmakers: Sept. 10-16, 2018

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Banking & Finance
Central Trust Co. Assistant Vice President & Relationship Manager Justin Setser passed the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor exam from the American Bankers Association. Financial advisers must have three years of experience and take training programs before the national exam.
The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools named Bass Pro Shops the 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year and The Schneider Family Foundation the 2018 Advocate for Education. Bass Pro was recognized for its work with the Tournament of Champions and The Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility. The Schneider Family Foundation’s total contributions will reach $1 million this year in support of the International Baccalaureate program at Central High School.

College of the Ozarks professor Christina Keith attended the 2018 Literature, Language and the Arts: International Round Table Symposium at Oxford University and presented a highlight from her dissertation titled Achievement Gap in Reading: A Study of School Practices and Effectual Results.

Health Care
CoxHealth was recognized as a Best Regional Hospital in southwest Missouri by U.S. News & World Report. Cox Medical Centers-Springfield placed eighth and was recognized as high performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart failure and knee replacement. Cox Medical Center Branson was rated high performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Three CoxHealth employees received The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses: Kari Howell works as a centralized access resource employee; Johnna Mortensen works at the medical-surgical unit 300 West; and Emma Rodriguez works in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit.

Amy Temple joined the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter as manager of the Southwest Missouri Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She has experience in event planning and management, committee and volunteer recruitment, public speaking, fundraising and developing strategies.

PJC Insurance Agency LLC hired Sean Crayton as a producer/sales manager for the commercial lines department. With a bachelor’s in business administration from Missouri State University, he has 20 years of experience in the insurance industry and served 12 years in the military.

Cindy Baker
, of Ozark, James Hodge, of Springfield, and Barney Whitlock, of Springfield, were among eight recipients of the 2018 Missourian Award. Baker is the owner of Touchstone Counseling LLC, Touchstone Helping Families, Garden of Healing LLC and Baker Consulting Services LLC. Hodge has 30 years of experience as a business consultant and co-hosts KWTO’s “Senior Forum” radio show. Whitlock is a founding partner of The Whitlock Co. LLP and founding board member of Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. The Missourian Award, now in its 25th year, honors individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Show-Me State.

The Care to Learn Governing Board added Jami Peebles and Jeffery Gann. Peebles is an independent consultant and former executive vice president and market executive of Central Trust Co. Gann is a director at BKD Wealth Advisors LLC.

Joseph Cole was named director of the planned Goodwill Excel Center at 1514 S. Glenstone Ave. He has eight years of experience in public education and 13 years of experience in sales and corporate management. He has a bachelor’s in secondary education social studies from the University of Missouri and a master’s in education from Central Methodist University.


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