Banking and Finance
Guaranty Bank promoted Chris Oughton to commercial portfolio manager. He joined the bank in 2014 as a credit analyst and was promoted to credit analyst II in 2018. Oughton holds a bachelor’s in finance from Missouri State University.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education named Ozark West Elementary School as one of seven Missouri Gold Star Schools for 2020. The program recognizes schools for outstanding achievement or for performing at high levels while serving a significant portion of disadvantaged students.
Three of Myer Hotels’ properties, The Best Western Center Pointe Inn, Best Western Music Capitol Inn and the Comfort Inn & Suites of Branson Meadows, were recognized with the 2020 AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping Award, granted to hotels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean that earn the highest cleanliness and condition scores. To meet the criteria for the award, hotels must demonstrate housekeeping excellence for two consecutive inspections and be free of AAA member complaints, falling in the top 25% of all 27,000 AAA Diamond designated hotels.
Paul Logsdon received the 2020 Kenworthy Award for Outstanding Leadership from Leadership Springfield during its annual One Big Class Reunion. He is a graduate of Leadership Springfield Class 9 and has remained an adviser for the Academy Class. Logsdon has spent 30 years as the official spokesperson for his alma mater, Evangel University, where he earned a bachelor’s in communication and media studies. Award recipients demonstrate commitment to Leadership Springfield, community service involvement, leadership qualities, and high moral and ethical standards.
Tim Rosenbury, director of quality place initiatives for the city, was reappointed to the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc. Board of Directors. Rosenbury’s term is set to expire Jan. 1, 2022.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. awarded $100,000 to nine agencies in its second round of monthly COVID-19 regional recovery grants intended to help sustain nonprofit services and programs in the CFO’s 58-county service area. The latest grants are going to All Aboard Learning Center, Art Feeds and Lake Area Helping Hands, $5,000 apiece; Isabel’s House, SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging and Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, $10,000 apiece; Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri, $15,000; and Springfield Ballet and United Way of Ozarks, $20,000 apiece.
The Associated Electric Cooperative honored local employees with Excel Awards at its 26th annual employee recognition ceremony, which was held virtually. The Distinguished Service Award recognizing career achievement was given to Mark Woodson, the recently retired senior manager of member services and economic development. Brent Ross, managing director of environmental, health and safety, received Mentor of the Year, and Thomas Umphres, systems operations specialist, was named Employee of the Year in a Technical Field. The Excel Award for Innovative Action was given to four recipients: Ali Baumhoer, corporate attorney; Jason Finke, procurement agent; Peter Ottoson, supervisor; and Sean Wright, managing director.
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 …