Duckett Ladd LLP added Zach Hoskins as an adviser and marketing director. Hoskins also runs the Client Experience Architect podcast, which he’ll continue at Duckett Ladd, covering how businesses craft unique experiences for their clients.
Banking and Finance
Piatchek & Associates added Shawn Gallagher as services director. After working in banking and teaching personal finance in Springfield Public Schools, Gallagher manages client retirement analyses and investment account administration for the financial planning firm.
Guaranty Bank hired Daniel Williams as vice president and financial manager of the accounting department. He oversees the bank’s cash management, liquidity and investment activities, regulatory reporting requirements and internal control compliance relating to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Williams rejoins the bank after working as a teller, 1999-2003.
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Kara Greer as retail officer and banking center manager at the North Kansas Expressway branch. Greer has 10 years of branch management experience.
Alumni and supporters of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised more than $265,000 in the fifth annual Catfight Giving Challenge, a basketball fundraiser. The money goes toward the Annual Drury Experience Fund, an effort to raise $1.6 million in scholarships and financial aid for students with limited financial resources. The fundraiser has raised $615,000 since inception.
Evangel University honored Dr. Milta Little with the 2018 Outstanding Alumnus award from the department of natural and applied sciences. A 2002 graduate, Little currently serves as an associate professor of geriatric medicine and the director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at Saint Louis University Medical Center. She serves on the Missouri Association of Long-Term Care Providers editorial board and has served as president and board member of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
The Branson Convention Center Inc. won the Outstanding Achievement award from the Missouri Recycling Association for its sustainability and recycling. The center achieved 48 percent waste diversion in 2017 through its S3 Serious Sustainable Synergy Team and diverted 83 tons of solid waste from landfills. Energy use has dropped 15 percent at the center in three years through employee initiatives. The center also has an on-site vegetable and herb garden, compost facility and a landscaped garden.
ADsmith Marketing and Advertising hired Erin Roberts as digital media coordinator. She handles social media duties and work with the digital department on search engine optimization and search engine marketing for clients. Roberts earned a bachelor’s in marketing, MBA and a graduate certificate in leadership from Missouri State University. She has previous experience as a freelance copywriter.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri added eight volunteers: Casey Groose, Christen Lucas, Diane Jewell, James Blackburn, Jonathan Carter, Philip Herzog, Rebecca Weber and Sheryl Holle. CASA volunteers go through 30 hours of training and three hours of court observation before being assigned to an abuse or neglect case by judges.
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.