Banking and Finance
Regent Bank hired Jeff Killian as a commercial lender and vice president-small business administration. He is responsible for originating and closing SBA transactions through the bank’s Preferred SBA Lender status. Killian has nine years of banking experience, most recently with Simmons Bank.
Guaranty Bank promoted Katherine Dill to retail banking officer at its Carthage branch. She began working for Hometown Bank in 2016 and was named branch banker representative following Guaranty’s purchase of Hometown in 2018. Dill previously served as assistant banking center manager in Carthage.
Central Bank hired Jessica Gilmore and Heather McGuigan as business development specialists. Gilmore has 13 years of sales experience and McGuigan has 15 years; both are graduates of Missouri State University.
Missouri State University’s doctorate of defense and strategic studies program was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program teaches students such subjects as nuclear strategy, and deterrence and arms control.
The Greene County Democratic Party unanimously elected Tyler Gunlock as chair. He’s a cattleman from Ash Grove and also serves as president of the Ash Grove Area Community Foundation. Gunlock has been treasurer for the county Democrats for the past year.
Myer Hotels’ Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills and its Quality Inn West in Branson received 2020 Platinum awards from Choice Hotels International Inc. The award is given to hotels that score high in guest satisfaction, product quality, room condition, room cleanliness and staff service.
The Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows, owned by Myer Hotels, received the 2020 Choice Hotels International Ring of Honor for the second time. The award is designated to the top 1% of the brand’s hotels.
Industrial equipment dealer Wiese USA promoted Ron Skopec to operations manager of its Springfield division and Rich Carlton to regional general manager in Springfield and Joplin. Skopec has 35 years of experience with Wiese and is a U.S. Navy submarine service veteran. Carlton has worked with Wiese since 2017 and has 20 years of experience in operations management.
Wampler & Passanise partner Joseph Passanise was recognized as Springfield Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: General Practice by Best Lawyers in America, 2021 Edition. Passanise and partner Dee Wampler also received Best Lawyer designations in the peer-reviewed categories of General Practice Criminal Defense and White-collar Criminal Defense in Springfield. Passanise also was recognized for DUI/DWI Defense.
Sarah Gremminger, of Springfield, and Steve Wise, of Monett, were appointed to The Arc of the Ozarks Board of Directors. Gremminger recently resigned as The Arc’s assistant director of human resources after seven years in the position. Wise’s late wife, Alice, served on the board previously.
U.S. Cellular promoted Mark Bennett to retail store manager of the Battlefield Mall location. Bennett has worked with U.S. Cellular for four years, most recently as sales manager.
Nixa-based Xtreme Exteriors reaches record $7.5M revenue in 2020.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …
John, Jason and Jeremy Chapman, owners of The Acoustic Shoppe, say the pandemic just accelerated retailers moving sales online. They say customers appreciate the convenience and it allows them to …
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director of the Discovery Center Springfield, says though she’s currently between mentors, they have been important in her professional development. She says the …