KPM CPAs & Advisors named Rebecca Harmon and Kristi Wilkins as shareholders. Both have 20 years of accounting experience. Harmon provides tax preparation and planning services to businesses and individuals, while Wilkins helps lead the accounting outsourcing team and specializes in accounting system design and implementation.
BKD LLP promoted Roman Bosovik to senior associate II and Jeanette Gunya to senior consultant II. Bosovik is a member of BKD’s national manufacturing and distribution group and its employee benefit plan team, where he provides audit and review services to clients. Gunya is a BKD senior consultant of health care billing services and has 19 years’ experience working with PPO networks and claims processing for a federal health insurance carrier.
Banking and Finance
Brian Pitts joined Bank of Bolivar’s mortgage lending team to work as vice president of the Republic Road branch. He has 16 years of banking experience, most recently with Franklin American Mortgage Co.
Missouri Trust & Investment Co. hired Laura Kiesel as chief administrative officer. She manages administration operations for client accounts and communication with clients, professional advisers and staff on the laws and administration of trusts and estate manners. Kiesel has 30 years of industry experience, including 11 as a certified trust and financial adviser.
Dr. Letitia White-Minnis was named interim dean of the McQueary College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University. She previously worked as MSU’s associate dean of academic programs and department head of communication sciences and disorders. White-Minnis succeeds Dr. Helen Reid, who plans to retire in February.
Drury University hired Corey Bray as vice president and director of athletics, effective March 18. He succeeds Mark Fisher, who is retiring at the end of the academic year. Bray currently works as associate athletics director for compliance at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
The Reeds Spring R-4 School District board selected Cody Hirschi as superintendent out of 38 candidates. Currently the superintendent of the Mid-Buchanan School District in Faucett, he is scheduled to start July 1. Hirschi succeeds Michael Mason, who is slated to retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.
Croley Insurance and Financial Inc. hired Tiffany Lafferty as a licensed property and casualty agent. With six years of insurance experience, she focuses primarily on personal and commercial products.
The City Utilities of Springfield Board of Public Utilities elected Joe Reynolds of Central States Industrial as chairman. Other officers appointed for 2019 are Denise Silvey of Paul Mueller Co., vice chairwoman; Rob Rector of Ozarks Technical Community College, secretary; and Jennifer Wilson of nForm Architecture LLC, assistant secretary.
Springfield City Manager Jason Gage named Collin Quigley and Maurice Jones as deputy city managers. Quigley, the former assistant city manager, had finance and budget process responsibilities added to his oversight of multiple city departments. He started with the city in 2007. Jones, a former economic development director in Dubuque, Iowa, has 20 years’ experience revitalizing urban cities and leveraging public-private partnerships for development.
Bike enthusiast Cody Stringer is betting his bike share nonprofit will lead to a more bike-friendly city.
As employees are more mobile and have a desire to work from home, Haden Long owner of Ellecor, explains office spaces are trending towards a more home-like feel. Things like shared work spaces, office pets, and cozy furnishings allow employees to be selective about where they work and become more effective as a result.
Every industry has to navigate trend shifts, but Scott Shotts of Missouri Spirits describes the changes in beverage industry as anarchy. Tried-and-true spirits rules are being ignored. Learn how the local distillery balances following the trends for product development with taking risks.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
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.