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Larry Brown, Randall Moots, Tom Davis, Andy Marmouget and Jeff Cook, all from Davis, Lynn & Moots PC, recently attended a program offered by the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. The course, School Audit Seminar, is designed to further the knowledge of CPAs in the field of auditing.

Nancy Yendes, assistant city attorney, has been appointed vice president of the Missouri chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors for 1998-99.

Hewitt Associates LLC was recently selected as a Sears Partner in Progress. This award is presented to the top vendor companies who supply Sears with products and services. More than 10,000 sources competed for the award.

Amy Wood, RN, president and CEO of MedPlans Inc., has received the Certificate of Life Care Planning for Advanced Catastrophic Case Management from the University of Florida and Intelicus. The completion of this accredited specialty course represents the highest level of achievement in advanced catastrophic case management.

Lisa Tanner, PLS, paralegal with City Utilities of Springfield, has been named the 1997-98 Missouri Legal Secretary of the Year by the Missouri Association of Legal Secretaries. Tanner was given the award in recognition of her abilities, her contributions to the association, and her community and civic involvement.

Allen Cowgill, with Real Estate Opportunities in Springfield, has been awarded the designation of real estate innovator by Realty Electronics Publishing. The REI designation is given to a select group of real estate professionals who offer extraordinary service to home sellers.

Jonathan McGrael, marketing specialist for Baumgartner General Contractors Inc., has completed his master of science degree at SMSU. McGrael directs all marketing efforts for Baumgartner.

The following individuals were recognized for their service on the board of directors of Ozarks Literacy Council at the council's annual meeting May 11. Brandy McShane, president; Cynthia Ruzicka, secretary; Emily Dake Inman, Treasurer; Joseph W. Tucker, assistant treasurer; and members: Lester Compton, Sherry Davis, Edna Deaton, Linda Mayberry and Gary Whitaker. Whitaker was also given the Ozarks Literacy Council Spirit Award.

Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. recently recognized employees who have served the company for many years. Jean Kahle, benefits administrator II, was recognized for 35 years of service; Kathy Cantrell, payroll accounting supervisor, and Kenny Switzer, senior dispatcher, were recognized for 30 years of service; and Kenny Tillman, electronic technician supervisor, was recognized for 25 years of service. Employees recognized for 20 years of service at AECI include: Laura Banfi, help desk coordinator; Richard Burlison, administrator of property and debt accounting II; Shirley Combs, mail/office supply associate; Janie Corn, administrative assistant; Sam Law, supervisor - load research; Dick McClelland, risk manager; James Miller, building services mechanic II; Jim Rekus, manager - electrical and instrument engineering; and Jana Woodall, manager - employee benefits.

Sen. Kit Bond was recently presented with the Small Business Council of America's 1998 Congressional Award. Bond received this honor for his outspoken efforts on behalf of small business in connection with federal tax matters.

John Q. Hammons has received the Bronze Bear Award, which recognizes outstanding support for Southwest Missouri State University. Hammons is the first recipient of this new award.

TELEC Inc. has been named an authorized dealer of ADTRAN digital communications products for southwest Missouri. ADTRAN's product lines support data and voice applications, including LAN connectivity, digital and analog voice, home/remote office connectivity and videoconferencing. Mike Lemaster, service manager of TELEC Inc., has received exclusive certification for TELEC in installing and maintaining ADTRAN's ATLAS product line.

Phillip W. Carr, MD, St. John's cardiovascular specialist, has been accepted as a member of the Cardiovascular Health Fellowship, an educational group of physicians and clinical professionals focusing on the creation of heart-healthy communities across the nation.

Jane Hale, of Buffalo, was recently honored with Southwest Missouri Nurses Association's 1998 Media Award. Hale was recognized for her article on retired nurse Joyce O'Neal, which was published in the February issue of Springfield! Magazine.

The Greater Ozarks Assocation of Professional Mortgage Women has announced its board of directors and committee chairpersons for 1998-99: Ruth Snowden, president; Cathy Page, vice president; Pam Aleshire, treasurer; Vickie Umfleet, secretary; Lisa Pfeiffer, past president; Melody Crigler and Kathleen Prescott, directors; Susie Raberge, membership chair; Alicia Gassel, newsletter chair; and Marti Shuler, publicity chair.

Mike Salmon, founder and president of Communications Associates, has been reappointed to the Dealer Advisory Board for Ericsson Inc. One of five dealers nationwide, Salmon will work with Ericsson management in strategic planning, procedures and product development.

The 1998 Coleman Report 500 has named Citizens National Bank of Springfield as one of the top 500 Small Business Administration 7(a) lenders in the country for 1997. Citizens was ranked No. 368 nationwide with SBA loan originations totaling $3,591,845.

Scott Chaney, of Positronic Industries, has completed the requirements for a First-Line Supervision Certificate from the SMSU Management Development Institute.

Rick Hindman and Philip Jackson, both of Lipscomb Mitsubishi, have earned specialist status in the first year of the Mitsubishi Motors DiamondPro program. The DiamondPro technician certification program recognizes service technicians who are dedicated to providing quality service and the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

GuildMaster Inc. has announced that sales for the most recent High Point Furniture Market set an all-time company record. The spring market performance pushes GuildMaster's year-to-date sales through April to an increase of more than 45 percent, compared to the same period in 1997.

The Lester L. Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences recently graduated 31 students with associate of science in nursing degrees. Special awards included: President's Honor Award for Academic Excellence, Joyce Smith; President's Honor Award for Service, Margaret Richardson; Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing, Jennifer Stuart; Commitment to Professional Excellence, Sarah Hosmer; Commitment to Nursing, Jennifer Stuart; Spirit of Caring, Margaret Richardson; Cox College BSN Scholarship, Amanda Stogsdill; and Harold Lurie Memorial BSN Scholarship, Mary Wheeler.

The Greene County Medical Society Alliance has announced its 1998-99 board officers: Barbie Lyons, president; Cindy Gregston, president elect; Kathy Steinberg, vice president; Rochelle Buckner, recording secretary; and Jane Avery, treasurer. In addition, Judy Corry, GCMSA member, was installed as president of the Missouri State Medical Alliance; and Maura Taylor, a past president of GCMSA, received the Alliance Member of the Year award from the MSMA for her work on a family violence project.

Marsha Wade, of Springfield, has completed the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences' National Competency Examination. Wade has earned the designation board certified in hearing-instrument sciences, which attests to her experience, dedication, professionalism and commitment to quality of care to the hearing impaired.

Stephen Schneider Jr., CLU, ChFC, was recently recognized as Life Underwriter of the Year for 1997. Schneider is a past president of the Springfield Life Underwriters.

Dan Bryngelson and Brian Grimm, owners of SERVPRO of Springfield/Greene County Inc., have completed a training program at SERVPRO's National Headquarters in Gallatin, Tenn. The Franchise Management Course helps participants develop an improvement plan for their business. Bryngelson and Grimm will use the training to enhance their cleaning and restoration services in the area.

The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks will be included in Renew America's Environmental Success Index, a database of successful environmental programs. To be included in the index, the Watershed Committee was evaluated on four criteria: program effectiveness, natural resource conservation, economic progress and human development.

Diane Rarick, a free-lance writer from Nixa, had an article published in the May 26 issue of Woman's World magazine. Rarick's article, "I was willing to give up my life to save my baby," is the story of Iowa resident Diane Cunningham and her experience fighting a cancerous brain tumor while pregnant.

Jan Davidson and Pat Higdon, both of Lakes Country Rehabilitation Center, have been named certified substance abuse counselors. To earn this certification, Davidson and Higdon had to pass oral and written tests, and have served in the substance-abuse field for several years.

The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business The International Association of Management Education has reaccredited Southwest Missouri State University's School of Accountancy. This reaccreditation will be in effect for 10 years.

Suzanne Millard, RN, MSN, and Lisa Huning, RN, both of Columbia Hospitals, received awards recently in recognition of their excellence in nursing and their "health care with a human touch." Millard received the Nursing Leadership Award for working in a leadership capacity and demonstrating adeptmess in decision making and problem solving. Huning received the award for Best Clinical Nurse for her excellent bedside manner and interpersonal skills, as well as her commitment to professional education and growth.

The Team Inc. has been signed as agency of record for FocusTech, a new information technology consulting firm in Springfield. The agency has already assisted in the development of FocusTech's recruitment programs, corporate identity materials and web site.

James Montgomery Jr., president and chief technology officer of JMark Systems, has earned the Certificate of Excellence as a Citrix Certified Professional.

Harlan Jones has earned the JMark Systems Employee of the Month Award for March. Jones serves as director of finance for the business technology firm.

Kara Weber, a senior at Republic High School, has won a $1,000 scholarship from BlueChoice, a subsidiary of Alliance Blue Cross Blue Shield. Weber is vice president of Hi-Step, an organization of high school students who take the message of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse to fifth-graders, and she is active in DARE and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Joyce Crain, board-certified hearing instrument specialist with Mid-America Dental, Hearing and Vision Center in Mt. Vernon, was elected to serve as secretary of the Missouri Hearing Society. Crain has worked with the hearing impaired as a hearing specialist for six years, has served on the board of directors for two years and has been the chairman of the public relations committee.

Archibald Cowan Ringer Communications has been named agency of record for Community First National Bank of West Plains and Hometown Bank of Carthage. ACR Communications provides integrated marketing communications and strategic development services for local, regional and national accounts.

Charles Bentlage, MD, medical director of Freeman Health System, has been elected president of the Community Clinic Board of Directors. Bentlage succeeds Rev. Bill Christman as president.

Jennifer Childers, Teresa Cruse and Kimberly Raby, all students at Hillcrest High School, earned an award for having one of the top 10 public relations projects in the nation at the National DECA Career Development Conference in Denver, Colo. Childers, Cruse and Raby attended a reception at the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City May 20 to be honored for their efforts.

Prime, Inc. has chosen William Adkins as refrigerated division Contractor of the Month for March. Adkins has had no preventable accidents, cargo claims or driver complaints since joining Prime in April 1994.

Prime also named David Cole as the flatbed division's March Contractor of the Month. He logged 19,808 miles in March, averaging a fuel cost of 19 cents per mile.

The Missouri Department of Transportation received a special recognition award from the Table Rock Lake/Kimberling City Chamber of Commerce. The plaque was presented to the department in recognition of its efforts toward effective communications and maintaining positive working relationships while achieving progress in transportation improvements.

The Springfield Area Human Resources Association has received a Superior Merit Award for 1997 from the Society for Human Resource Management.

The Springfield Jaycees has installed its board members for 1998: Jeana Brandt, president; Mark Prainito, management development vice president; Bob Lambert, membership development vice president; Leah Hiner, community development vice president; Marla Kreisel, individual development vice president; Linda Schweighofer, public relations director; Ellen Lambert, membership development director; Lynn Eidson, individual development director; Charlene Noeth, treasurer; and Randy Engelby, chairman of the board.

The Jaycees also presented awards at an awards banquet May 2: Jordan Humphreys, Rookie of the Year; Dan Riddle, Chairperson of the Year; Bob Lambert, Director of the Year; Hayley Kreymer, Vice President of the Year; Linda Schweighofer, Jaycee of the Year; and Michelle Engelby, Very Important Partner.

Robinett Business Systems announced the following award winners for the month of March: Jim Trowbridge, Copier Salesperson of the Month; Brad Collision, Mailing Salesperson of the Month; Mike Foster, Service Employee of the Month; and Kim Nene, Employee of the Month.

Greg Tigges, of Document Solutions, a Xerox-authorized sales agency, has been named a member of Xerox's President's Club, which comprises agents who have achieved high business goals in sales of copiers, fax machines and printers. Tigges was the only Missouri agent in 1997 to attain this status and was honored at a Xerox convention in Paris with agents from across the United States.

Ted Lister, senior vice president of Mercantile Bank of South Central Missouri, recently earned certification as a senior professional in human resources. The certification is awarded by the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Donald Gann, of Ozark, has been named to the Missouri Ethics Commission. Gann is a salesperson for Carol Jones, Realtors. He is a former member of the House of Representatives.

Cal LeMon, a professional speaker and corporate educator from Springfield, will serve as commencement speaker for graduation ceremonies at William Jewell College in Liberty. LeMon's daughter, Niki, is graduating in this ceremony.

Prime Inc. has received the 1997 Montell Polyolefins Preferred Supplier Award. The award was given to Prime Inc. in recognition of outstanding performance for transportation services supplied to Montell's North American customers.

Terry Wachter, vice president of mission and ministry at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, has been named the Joplin Citizen of the Year by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. She was recognized for her work in health care both at St. John's and in the Joplin area.

Paul N. Arnold, president of the Arnold Eye Care Center, recently attended the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in San Diego. Arnold presented "Photic Phenomena After AcrySof IOL Implementation: Statistical Evaluation," based on his research done at the Arnold Eye Care Center.

Also, Stephen C. Sheppard and J. Doug Wensel attended meetings held in conjunction with the ASCRS meeting in San Diego. Sheppard conducted a workshop titled "Computer Spreadsheet Basic" for doctors and administrators.

Norman Knowlton III has been elected as vice chair of the Missouri State Medical Association council. His responsibilities include presiding over the physician council of the MSMA, which holds meetings six times a year to decide upon medical issues.

Also, James Wolfe has been elected secretary of the MSMA. His responsibilities include record keeping and accounting for the members of the association.

Five physicians from the Greene County area were awarded the Missouri State Medical Association's 50-Year Physician Pin during MSMA's annual convention in St. Louis. Those physicians were: Paul T. Berry, Martin H. Boone, James T. Brown, James W. Clawson and Francis T. H'Doubler.

Wannenmacher Advertising Company has been named a sales and service distributor of the quarter by Panelglide Exhibit Systems of Chicago. Panelglide manufactures trade displays used by business and industry for trade shows.

James A. Gessler, ophthalmologist with St. John's Physicians and Clinics, has been accepted by the National Registry of Who's Who as a life member. The acceptance is in recognition of exemplary service, both to the community and to his profession.

Springfield City Manager Tom Finnie has been elected president of the Missouri City Manager's Association for 1998-99. Finnie has previously served on the organization's board of directors.

TELEC Inc. has been named an authorized dealer of Lucent Technologies. In addition, the following have completed certification on Lucent Technologies Partner and Merlin Legend telecommunication systems: Jeff Chastain, John Glidewell, Leonard Haymen, Peggy Presley, Mike Rosa, Doug Small and Lisa Ziebell.

Thomas G. Prater, of Eye Surgeons of Springfield Inc., has recently implanted one of the first multifocal intraocular lens implants in the southwest Missouri area. This implant, which was

designed for people with cataracts, recently received approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

The Greater Springfield Apartment & Housing Association recognized the contributions of the following professionals in the rental housing industry at its annual awards banquet: Sharon Rankin, Hunter Property Management Company Property Professional of the Year; Nancy Preffitt, TransAmerican Management Company & Preffitt Properties Owner/Manager of the Year; Sandra Owens, Accent Properties Independent Owner of the Year; Opal Hurley, Dryden Place, a Debco Management Property Volunteer of the Year; and Art Hurteau, Domino's Pizza Associate of the Year.

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