Banking and Finance Arvest Bank hired Lesley Brown as a treasury management adviser at the National Avenue and Chestnut Expressway branch. Brown has eight years of banking experience.
Government Springfield Fire Department received a $640,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace its self-contained breathing apparatus. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program funds require a 10 percent local match.
Health Care GYN Cancers Alliance elected its 2014–15 officers: Mary Burmeister of Neale & Newman LLP, president; Kim Lorenzen of Macadoodles and Oreck Clean Home, president-elect; Randy Hopper of Missouri Southern State University, secretary; and Susan Mihalevich, a retired nurse, treasurer. The organization also installed new board members Troy Bertholdi of Color-Graphic Printing Inc.; Betsy Miller of 2B Well LLC and 2B Organized LLC; Randy Laferriere of Facial Plastic Surgery Center; and Beki Rhein of Mercy Women’s Oncology.
GYN Cancers Alliance promoted Program and Events Manager Ashley Berry to assistant director. Berry joined GYNCA in August 2013.
Mercy Springfield Communities added several members to its staff. Mercy Clinic hired Drs. Dawn Steiner in the OB/GYN-hospitalists group, Kristin Dietiker in pediatrics, Daniel Brady in gastroenterology, Darshan Patel on the intensivists team and endocrinologist Johnson Thomas. Nurse practitioner Vanessa McConnell joined Mercy Clinic Women’s Oncology, and Drs. Chiazo Amene and Brian Ragel joined Mercy Clinic neurosurgery. Dr. Jessica McGhee and nurse practitioner Ami Rohr joined Mercy Clinic-pediatric surgery and gastroenterology.
Dr. Benjamin Lampert of Mercy Pain Management was elected president of the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts for a term ending June 30, 2015.
AmeriPride Home Care promoted Nicki Peasley to field supervisor. Peasley has over a decade of experience serving in various elder care and leadership positions.
Hospitality O’Reilly Hospitality Management hired Kaitlyn Den Beste as director of sales for TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Beste holds a bachelor’s in finance and a master’s in communication from Drury University.
Insurance Brian Henry of Barker-Phillips-Jackson Inc. was certified as an insurance counselor through the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Henry demonstrated professional competence through a series of written examinations on all major fields of insurance, agency operations and insurance management.
Mollie Keller joined Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture as a massage therapist. Licensed in massage therapy, Keller has previous chiropractic and spa experience.
Law Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP hired attorneys Jon Cline and Kevin Hoffmeyer to work in the Springfield office’s real estate practice group. Cline, who holds a law degree from the University of Kansas, has prior experience with Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. Hoffmeyer recently received his law degree from the University of Missouri and has worked as a law clerk at two Missouri firms.
John Price of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown PC was one of six lawyers elected to the Missouri Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Members serve two-year terms for the organization that represents 30,000 attorneys statewide.
Amanda Brown of Legal Services of Southern Missouri was one of eight elected to The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section District 11 council seat. YLS sponsors a variety of public service projects and networking events geared toward young lawyers across Missouri.
Springfield attorney John Gore was named a partner in Franke, Schultz & Mullen PC. The Drury University master’s graduate holds a law degree from Creighton University.
Manufacturing EFCO Corp. received the Missouri Association of Manufacturer’s Safety Excellence Award for companies with more than 350 employees. The award recognizes safety training, emergency response capabilities, safety programs and injury rates.
Cheryl Moll joined Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems as line of product leader for the company’s Competitor Plus industrial blowers. Moll, who holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri, has experience in design engineering, program management and operations.
Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems named Fang Liu customer service manager. Liu has 10 years of customer service experience, most recently working for Caterpillar Financial Leasing Co. in China. She holds a bachelor’s in information management systems from Beijing University and an MBA from City University-Seattle.
Nonprofit The NonProfit Times named Community Foundation of the Ozarks Senior Vice President of Philanthropy Michael Chatman among its Top 50 Power & Influence philanthropists for 2014. The list recognizes innovative ideas and thinking that contribute to a more civil society. Chatman, who has worked at CFO since 2012, has 340,000 followers on Twitter, where he hosts #WhyIGive.
The American Heart Association honored 22 Springfield-area companies as Fit-Friendly Worksites encouraging health through on-site walking routes, healthy food options in cafeterias and annual employee health-risk assessments. Receiving platinum awards were Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Missouri/WellPoint Inc., AG Financial Solutions, Mercy, MSU, Ollis & Co., Paperwise and Watts Radiant.
The Rotaract Club of Springfield elected its 2014–15 board members: Keith Seiwert of KPM CPAs, president; Bryant Young of Insurors of the Ozarks, president-elect; Lindsey Neddenriep of Ozarks Food Harvest, past president; Meredith Bosso of Abacus CPAs, secretary; Drew Stoner of Gateway Mortgage Group LLC, treasurer; Matt Potter of Arvest Bank, director of membership; Sarah Nenninger of MSU, director of professional development; Abby Glenn of Springfield-Greene County Park Board, director of public relations; and Christopher Hoeman of the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, sergeant-at-arms.
The Rotary Club of Springfield North received a $2,000 Rotary District Simplified Grant to support Ozarks Literacy Council. The funds are matched by the local club to provide books for literacy programs.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Harmony House each received $20,000 checks as part of the Rotary Club’s Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival funds distribution.
Rotary Club of Springfield North installed its 2014-15 officers: Joe Costello, president; Melissa Davis, president-elect; Margaret Geiger, secretary; Gary Wells, treasurer; Bart Brown, past-president; and club directors Allen Kunkel, Paula Montgomery and Joe Wadkins.
The United Way of the Ozarks Board of Directors selected Debi Meeds as CEO and president. Succeeding Jennifer Kennally, Meeds previously served as CEO for the American Red Cross Southern Region and has 23 years of organizational leadership with Red Cross.
Eight area professionals received Missourian Awards out of 14 individuals honored statewide. Recognizing native Missourians or longtime state residents with widespread contributions in civic, business, arts or political work, local recipients are Thomas Strong of Strong-Garner-Bauer PC; Clif Smart of Missouri State University; James Giglio, author and MSU professor emeritus; Jerry Jared of Jared Enterprises Inc.; Dean Hartman of Hartman & Co. Inc.; Jean Coday of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum in Mansfield; and Jerry Hall and Jack Henry of Jack Henry & Associates Inc., posthumously honored.
Technology Dazzee Integrations hired Jacob Milton as a network administrator and Gregory Looney, Neil Elliott and Trenton Walter as account executives. Milton previously worked for engineering firm Leidos in Little Rock, Ark. Looney holds a bachelor’s in biology from MSU, while Elliott has a master’s in health, physical education and recreation from Oklahoma State University, and Walter has a bachelor’s in business administration from College of the Ozarks.[[In-content Ad]]
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.
Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he sees work-life balance very differently. When he was younger, he would push himself to take on more and more responsibility, but would stop and put his career on hold for months while living in New Zealand or Mexico, or to start a pet software project. He says he lives by the philosophy of work hard and play hard.
Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.
Michelle Romero, co-owner of PKD Venue, says her business has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by changing its business model to include food service. Now on top of serving as a venue for rent, they can keep revenue through online and pick up and go orders.
Dr. Clifton Petty, dean of the Breech School of Business at Drury University, lists three priorities for an effective MBA program. Petty says an entrepreneurial focus, a cohesive group of fellow students and an emphasis on hands-on experience are things students should look for in an MBA program. This is sponsored content.
Megan Short, the executive director of the Springfield Contractors Association, discusses her company’s organization strategies to encourage networking. She encourages organizing networking events around some activity and working to explicitly provide time during events for people to chat and have conversation.