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Newsmakers: Sept. 17-23, 2012

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Health Care
Bill Duncan, orthopedic surgeon with Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, gained membership to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Members are surgeons who have contributed and committed to sports medicine in their practices, recognized for active research, education and care of orthopedic sport injuries.

Tami Sandefer, corporate events director for the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Ball and Go Red For Women Luncheon, received Missouri’s Silent Hero Award for time and effort to the community without public recognition. The award, founded by Springfield resident Ralph Slavens in 2004, is accompanied by signed resolutions from the Missouri House of Representatives and Missouri Senate and a proclamation from Gov. Jay Nixon.

Ozarks Community Hospital hired Angelique Lawson-Clark as a speech therapist, Jeanene Kennett as a nurse practitioner, and Melissa Belles to work with psychiatrist Dr. Salvador Ceniceros in the OCH Primary Care Clinic and at the OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa.

Jeff Reinold joined Phoenix Home Care as director of accounting. Reinold formerly worked for Greene County as a budget officer for 13 years and has 20 years experience in governmental accounting.

Sarah Eiffert, global manager of human resources for Integrity Home Care, was authorized by the Department of Labor as an OSHA-authorized general industry trainer.

Insurance
Torrey Amstutz and Robert Hendrickson of Kern Insurance Services graduated from The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ Leadership and Life Institute. Amstutz and Hendrickson are now among 2,000 NAIFA members to graduate from the institute.

Nonprofit
Community Foundation of the Ozarks added four 2012–13 board members: Brian Hammons, president of Stockton-based Hammons Products Co.; Randy Howard, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Aurora; Stephanie Stenger Montgomery, an attorney who is president and CEO of Springfield Land LP; and Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten, community volunteer and retired executive vice president for O’Reilly Automotive Inc.

Sigma House of Springfield named Sarah Klinefelter to its board of directors for a three-year term. Klinefelter, a board member of the Taneyhills Library Club and the White River Valley Historical Society, has served as a chairwoman for College of the Ozarks’ Department of Art, Music, Theater and Mass Communications, and as president of the Branson Arts Council.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield received five Excellence Awards from the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Home Builders. The Springfield HBA received awards in public relations for its Year of the Smoke Alarm Campaign; in education for its member scholarships for professional designations; in operations for its strategic plan; in community service for constructing green-certified homes for Habit for Humanity; and in revenue sources for its Ozarks Regional Housing & Construction Conference.

Springfield HBA CEO Matt Morrow was elected by his peers to serve as 2013 secretary of the NAHB’s Executive Officers Council.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks raised roughly $158,000 at the 10th Annual Taste of the Ozarks, the organization’s largest annual fundraiser. More than 700 people sampled food from 18 Springfield restaurants.

The Victim Center named Brandi Bartel executive director. Bartel has held several positions at the organization since 2004, serving as assistant director since 2008.

The city of Springfield was named among 10 cities for top barbecue fare by Livability.com. The list, which places Springfield at No. 6, was intended to reveal barbecue gems with which the rest of the nation might not be familiar.

Real Estate
CBRE Commercial Real Estate Services in Kansas City selected Michael Benton to expand the company’s reach in southern Missouri. Benton, who previously worked for CBRE as manager of the Bank of America account in Missouri, works with local and national clients within the southern region of the state.

Simon Property Group named Tricia Gentsch director of marketing and business development at Battlefield Mall. Gentsch has a bachelor’s in business management from Missouri State University.

Services
Retail Confectioners International promoted Lisa Wainwright to event planning manager from office and member services manager, and hired Missouri State University graduate Jordan Reppell as office and member services manager.

Kenny Minor joined Windstream as an account executive in southwest Missouri. Minor has 11 years of experience in sales and customer service while working for Stereo One.

Technology
Bryan Crouch was named senior systems engineer at Abacus Technology LLC. Crouch, who manages the company’s client base, has 14 years of information technology experience.

Tourism
Gary Turner, owner of the Gay Parita Sinclair Station on Route 66 in Paris Springs, received the 2012 John T. Woodruff Award from the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. The award, which honors Route 66 supporters, was presented at the annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.[[In-content Ad]]

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