What We Do
Ollis/Akers/Arney is a leading insurance and business advisory firm serving Southwest Missouri communities for over 130 years. We bring an innovative approach and comprehensive, real world solutions to organizations and work to understand our client’s needs. And we make it easy!
We value our team, and because of them, we excel. We focus on finding the balance between work and family. We are successful because employee owners understand they are able to give their best every day at work because of our dedication to the time they have with family.
We encourage continuing education and cover expenses related to the development of industry specific skills and knowledge. With world-class trainers in house, we also provide a consistent foundation for staff on topics like decision making, risk taking, continuous learning, inspiring others, communication, building successful teams and more.
Our philosophy is different because our company has been part of the community since 1885. We have all benefited from the growth of the region, and we encourage our team to get involved and give back to something they are passionate about. This has a direct impact on personal growth, and on the success of the communities we call home.
Ollis/Akers/Arney is 100% employee owned and is a Certified EO company. From the extensive benefits package, generous compensation programs, community involvement and career progression planning to the onsite fitness center and other wellness initiatives, it is easy to see why we experience a 90% employee retention rate.
What matters in the lives of our employees is what matters most to us. From the wide range of benefits offered to provide a stable network to the financial components designed to ensure a secure future for employee-owners and their families, we have our finger on the pulse of what it takes to attract and retain top talent.
"After over a decade of service, it is a blessing to have co-workers that are like my second family, and a management team that values me professionally and shows compassion personally.”
– Ashlae Cook
"As employee-owners, the success of our clients impacts the success of our company. The financial and cultural benefit of this makes our company a great place to work.”
– Jeff Eiserman
"I am in a place where my passions align with my skillset and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to do what I love, making my growth something that I value so very much.
– Myleah Shrimpton
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Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.