Banking and Finance
Chris Vinton joined Central Bank of Branson’s eight-member board of directors. He is the president and owner of Vinton Commercial Realty and operated the Blue Velvet Theatre for 10 years.
Doug Neff, chairman and CEO of Commerce Bank’s southwest Missouri region, was elected as senior vice president of the holding company and named to its executive management committee. With 28 years of banking experience, he started his career in 1991 with Commerce and in 2013 moved to the Springfield market, where he recently also was named director of community market strategy.
Mark McGehee was named executive director of human resources for Nixa Public Schools, effective July 1. Succeeding the retiring Kathy Whitworth, McGehee is currently the head principal at Nixa High School and has been with the district since 2000. Whitworth has worked 40 years in education, including 16 years in Nixa.
The Ozark School District named Anna Thurman as East Elementary principal and Stacie Wood as Ozark High School assistant principal. Thurman had been assistant principal at South Elementary since 2013 and Wood has been teaching sixth grade English language arts in Ozark since 2004.
The National Speech & Debate Association recognized New Covenant Academy as a charter member, the highest honor from the group. The school has earned more than 50 degrees for outstanding participation in speech and debate competitions, community service and leadership over the last three years.
Missouri State University received the doctoral/professional universities classification from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. MSU formerly held the master’s colleges and universities classification. The university offers doctoral programs in audiology, nurse anesthesia and nursing practices, educational leadership and pharmacy.
The Greater Springfield Board of Realtors issued its annual awards: Doug Collins of Re/Max House of Brokers, Broker of the Year; Andy Trussell of Murney Associates LLC, Salesperson of the Year; Pamela Long of Pamela Long Appraisal Services, the Margaret Martin Cooperative Spirit Award; Laura Duckworth of HouseKey Flat Fee Realty, Rookie of the Year; Isabelle Jimenez Walker and Todd Thomas of Eagle Management & Realty 1 LLC, the Kirk Hewitt Community Champion Award; Brandee Massey of Keller Williams, Women’s Council of Realtors Member of the Year; Dani Stoddard of Great American Title Co., Affiliate of the Year and WCR Strategic Partner of the Year; and Michael Jacques of The Jacques Co. and Jimenez, the 2018 GSBOR Life Member inductees.
CoStar Group recognized four Springfield firms and eight brokers for its Power Broker Awards. The data and analytics company named SVN/Rankin Co. and Wilhoit Properties Inc. as top leasing firms, and Jared Commercial Real Estate LLC and SVN/Rankin as top sales firms. Mike Fusek of SVN/Rankin was named a top office leasing broker, top retail leasing broker and top sales broker, and Lee McClean of SVN/Rankin was named as a top industrial leasing broker.
Ken Schwab of Wilhoit Properties was named a top office leasing broker and top retail leasing broker. Patrick Harrington of Warren Davis Properties LLC was named a top industrial leasing broker, with David Havens of Jared Commercial rewarded as top sales broker.
Crave Cookie Dough owners eye store No. 2 as they enter the second year in business.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.