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David C. Agee, a partner with the law firm of Neale & Newman, recently attended the Mexico Taxation Update Conference in San Diego, Calif. This two-day conference addressed issues vital to legal and tax aspects of doing business with Mexico.

Leasa Reed, a consultant with the Springfield office of Baird, Kurtz, & Dobson, has earned board certification as a nursing home administrator by the state of Missouri. The certification required the completion of a course of instruction and training approved by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators.

Philip Abbey, a lease operator for Prime Inc., received a check in the amount of $7,426 for the successful completion of his truck lease through Prime's Success Leasing program.

Jim Palmisano, of Nixon & Lindstrom Insurance has earned the certified insurance counselor professional designation. The course comprised five exams covering all aspects of insurance. Palmisano is a commercial lines producer at Nixon & Lindstrom.

Mary Croft, of Prudential Insurance Company of America was selected to attend the company's National Business Conference in Orlando, Fla., in July. Croft is one of a select number of top-performing agents to qualify for attendance.

Prime Inc. named John Weeks, Terri Weeks, and John Owens as its July Contractors of the Month.

Prime Inc. presented a check in the amount of $24,302 to Frank Raines for the successful completion of his truck lease through Prime's Success Lease program.

Sally Freeman, senior loan officer and vice president for Union Planters Bank, recently earned a master of business degree with an emphasis in computer information systems from SMSU.

Tony Dixon, an inspector for HouseMaster, recently gained certification from the Missouri Department of Health to perform septic and water evaluations for the purpose of real estate transfers. Dixon is one of a select few that hold certification in this part of the state.

Dr. Farhad Moshiri has been elected president of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. He will be officially inducted Sept. 18 to serve a one-year term. The society is the leading local association of professional dentists and dental specialists, with more than 900 members.

Anne Soots, assistant executive director for Dogwood Trails Girl Scout Council, has completed the executive education program in nonprofit management from the Mandel Center of Case Western Reserve University.

Angela Ghan, a CPA with Davis, Lynn, & Moots, recently attended a program offered by the Missouri Society of CPAs. The course, Managing Personal Financial Planning, is prepared by the Continuing Professional Education Division of the American Institute of CPAs to further the knowledge of CPAs about the changes in their field.

Scoops, a Branson area ice cream shop, was awarded three blue ribbons in the Dairy Products Division of the Missouri State Fair. Classes entered were premium, all-natural vanilla ice cream; commercial or regular vanilla ice cream; and all-natural chocolate ice cream.

Robinett Business Systems named Bob Hancock Copier Sales Person of the Month for August. Brad Collison was named Mailing Salesperson of the Month. Jason Swearingen was Service Employee of the Month and Karin Mesenbrink was awarded Employee of the Month.

Litton Advanced Circuitry was named a "Partner in Performance" for their second consecutive year by Celestica Inc. Litton was one of 12 companies chosen out of more than 800 suppliers to Celestica. Litton Advanced Circuitry was honored for demonstrating excellence, outstanding customer service and supply-chain leadership.

Michael South, of Willard has been awarded the 1998 CAT Apprenticeship Program Scholarship by the E.A. Martin Company. The scholarship entitles South to a tuition waiver at Oklahoma State University and a cash scholarship awarded each semester.

The Springfield Ballet has expanded its board to include nine new members who will help direct the operations and performance season. The new members are Frank Cottey, Mark Gideon, Liz Godwin, Wayne Hlavacek, Bruce Kessler, Rana Mauldin, Jackie McKinsey, Jennifer Penny, John Shields, and Springfield Ballet Guild Representative Kathy Kruse.

Anna Beth Crabtree, director of St. John's Medical Library,, has been elected chair of the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association. MAMLA is a professional organization of health sciences librarians representing Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Sam Bradley, owner of Sam Bradley Homes, completed a builder design seminar held by internationally known residential designer Stephen Fuller, of Design Traditions in Atlanta. The three-day seminar focused on changes in the communities builders build in, changes in the homes being built and changes in the consumers buying the homes. Bradley was one of only 50 builders in the nation permitted to attend the seminar.

The Shealy Institute has received full five-year accreditation as a comprehensive outpatient pain clinic from the American Academy of Pain Management. The Shealy Institute is America's oldest comprehensive pain clinic.

Laura Boudle, a CPA with Davis, Lynn, & Moots recently attended a program offered by the Missouri Society of CPAs. The course, Accounting Outside the Box, is prepared by the Continuing Professional Education Division of the American Institute of CPAs to further the knowledge of CPAs in the changes in their field.

Four additions have been made to the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks board of directors. New directors are Jerry Giger, EdD, Rolla Middle School principal; Julie Leeth, EdD, Hillcrest High School principal; Beverly McDowell, assistant vice president, NationsBank; and Tom Slaight, vice CEO, American Dehydrated Foods Inc.

Allan Blanchard of Robinett Business Systems, has completed Gestetner Corporation's intensive 2703 training program in California.

Scott Hewlett, field supervisor with Robinett Business Systems, has completed training on Data Products high-speed laser printers.

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