Butler, Rosenbury & Partners Inc. added Misty Brubaker as office assistant, and Megan Evans and Jon Gruett joined the firm as student architectural interns. Brubaker has experience in customer and public service from the retail, food and heath care industries. Evans and Gruett are in their fourth and fifth years, respectively, studying architecture at Drury University.
Banking and Finance
Kayla Jones joined Guaranty Bank as a residential lender. She has worked in banking since 2005, mostly with Central Bank of the Ozarks where she served the last two years as a banking center manager. Jones works out of Guaranty Bank’s Farmers Park office.
Mediacom Communications Corp. promoted Art Samuel to group vice president for the OnMedia advertising sales division in Springfield. He was previously a division vice president and has been with the company for 13 years.
Washington Monthly magazine ranked College of the Ozarks as the top school in the Midwest in its Best Bang for the Buck category and third in the Baccalaureate College category out of the 150 schools on the list. Rankings for the publication’s 13th annual list emphasized social mobility, research, and community and national service.
Paul Lewis, associate dean of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University, was elected to the Association of Professors of Mission’s executive committee. He and his wife worked 23 years as AG missionaries before he joined the AGTS faculty in 2012. Lewis is the first AG member to serve in APM leadership; next year, he’ll be appointed first vice president and president in 2020.
The Missouri Century Foundation honored Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, and Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, with the Missouri Centurion Award. Among five selected statewide, the foundation chooses legislators of the year for advancing free-market, forward-looking policies that help ensure the long-term health of Missouri’s economy. It’s the first time the award went to more than one legislator.
Integrity Home Care Inc. promoted Ashley Espy to executive director of hospice. She previously worked as Integrity’s hospice administrator over southern Missouri and has 10 years of nursing experience. Espy, a military veteran, earned an associate degree in nursing from Cox College and a bachelor’s in nursing from Western Governor’s University.
Leslie Smith joined Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC as office manager of the Springfield clinic. Former Office Manager Jessica Simmerman was promoted to director of operations to oversee policies and procedures for all of the company’s clinics.
U.S. News ranked Mercy Hospital Springfield fourth in Missouri and awarded high performance in eight adult procedures/conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon and lung cancer surgeries, heart bypass surgery, hip and knee replacements, and heart failure.
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.