Four staff accountants in BKD LLP’s southern Missouri practice earned their certified professional accountant designations: Lindsay Brown is a tax associate with a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University; Tanner Courtney is an audit associate with a bachelor’s in accounting and a master of accountancy from MSU; Tori Cross is an audit associate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Missouri; and Abby Dyer is a tax associate with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Drury University.
Truman Elementary School special education teacher Jean Lawson was named one of seven finalists for the 2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year award by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Lawson, a winner of the Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year and Springfield Teacher of the Year awards, has worked at Truman for 12 years.
Southwest Baptist University added 13 faculty members for the 2018-19 academic year. They are: nursing instructors Kimberly Burks, Kristi Burks, Camille Kochs and Tori O’Brien; Tim Chappell, assistant professor of mathematics; Julie DuVall, instructor of university studies; Benny Fong, assistant professor of graduate education and statistics; Daniel Garten, instructor of exercise science; Ryder King, instructor of business administration; Kevin Patterson, assistant professor and chairman of graduate studies in education; Elsy Shuford, instructor of Spanish; Renfang Taylor, assistant professor of biology; and Danielle West, assistant professor of chemistry.
The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management added Courtney Wharton as information technology network engineer. She has a bachelor’s in management information systems from the University of Illinois and has worked in IT for 10 years.
Joe Harris of Harris Law LLC in Nixa was recognized by AI Magazine as Missouri’s top attorney in matrimonial and family law. The award is given to an attorney in each state who has established themselves through professionalism and excellence in service.
Epic Strategies LLC added Jenna Cole as marketing specialist. She previously worked for Scripps Media Inc. and has 16 years of business-to-business marketing experience.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks added five members to its board of directors for 2019-20: Debra Shantz Hart, co-founder of Housing Plus LLC and former chair of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce board; Megan Morris, foundation and philanthropy adviser for Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and previous member of CFO’s Metro Springfield Collective Impact Grant Committee; Ron Kraettli, a retired banker from Hermann and member of the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area Inc.; Susan Krauss, co-owner of Liberty Glass in Perryville and founding member of the Perry County Community Foundation; and Kelly Parson, president of OakStar Bank in Bolivar and president of the Bolivar Area Community Foundation.
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce added Addie Ferber as programs and special events manager. She has volunteered for the United Way of the Ozarks Day of Caring and Disney Elementary School PTA. Ferber holds a bachelor’s in broadcasting from Evangel University.
Bike enthusiast Cody Stringer is betting his bike share nonprofit will lead to a more bike-friendly city.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.