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Newsmakers: Sept. 5-11, 2022

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Banking & Finance
Central Trust Co. promoted Renee Gross to senior vice president and portfolio manager, Andrea McKinney to senior vice president and wealth management adviser, Patty Johns to senior vice president and relationship manager, Jeni Wirth to trust officer, and Kaylan Harmon and Jamie Hickerson to trust officers and relationship managers. Gross has 30 years of experience in financial services, including work for a wealth management firm in Joplin. In the industry since 2000, McKinney began working in municipal finance and transitioned into trust and private banking. Johns is a 20-year industry veteran, serving mostly as a trust officer. Wirth began her career in retail banking in 2001 and moved to trust and wealth management in 2007. Harmon and Hickerson were both previously trust assistants – Harmon working in the industry since 2008 and Hickerson accumulating 15 years of experience. 

Guaranty Bank named Bryan P. Jones an assistant vice president in commercial banking. He joined the bank in 2021 and has 15 years of banking experience in southwest Missouri.

 Health Care
Mercy earned the 2022 Excellence in Patient Experience Award as the top large health system in the country by NRC Health (Nasdaq: NRC). Selections are based on real-time “would recommend” ratings from patients during a 12-month period starting April 1, 2021.

Carnahan Evans PC lawyers Joseph “Chip” Dow Sheppard III, Thomas D. Peebles Jr. and Douglas R. Nickell were included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, Andrew T. Peebles and David K. Olive in the firm were named by the publication as Ones to Watch in America.

Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. appointed four new board members: Rachel Fortenberry, an estate planning and elder law attorney; Gloria J. Galanes, a retired communication professor and former dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State University; Darren Johnson, chief information officer at Burrell Behavioral Health and BrightLi; and Amber Vanderwal, an associate adviser at Achieve Private Wealth.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks distributed over $7,000 in donations to 10 area not-for-profit organizations. Recipients were, in the order of amounts received, Ozarks Food Harvest, Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Care to Learn and American Cancer Society.

 Real Estate
Waco Title Co. hired Doug Childress as director of title integration, responsible for strategic planning of operations and partnering with industry stakeholders. He has 16 years of industry experience and most recently served as vice president and regional merchant sales manager for Arvest Bank’s credit card division.


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