KPM CPAs & Advisors hired Caleb Spangler and Mikaela Matlock as staff accountants and Kelly Engelking as an audit coordinator. Both providing audit services, Spangler has a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks and Matlock has a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University. In the audit department, Engelking helps schedule, prepare and process audit reports and billings.
NewStream Enterprises LLC added T.J. Fazio as senior staff accountant responsible for preparing financial reports and analyzing product costs, margins and inventories. He spent the last eight years in accounting roles with Jack Henry & Associates Inc. and Gardner Capital Inc.
BRP Architects added Alex Fernandez as a student architectural intern. A fifth-year architecture student at Drury University, he is scheduled to graduate in May with a master of architecture and minor in business administration.
Banking and Finance
Old Missouri Bank promoted Sheila Wyant to senior vice president of deposit operations. She oversees six team members and monitors the bank’s core system. With 27 years of banking experience, Wyant has worked 14 years at Old Missouri Bank.
The Bank of Missouri promoted David Cook to community bank president for Springfield, Republic, Ozark and Nixa, and Tim Scott to community bank president in Branson. Cook, who’s also a senior commercial lender, previously served as community bank president in Branson, where Scott was a commercial lender.
Terry Bloodworth of Springfield Hot Glass Inc. received the 2019 Tom Billionis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Downtown Springfield Association. Other annual DSA award winners were Locke & Stache, New Office of the Year; Craft Axe Throwing LLC, New Hospitality of the Year; Park Central Market, New Retailer of the Year; Pets & Pumpkins, New Downtown Event of the Year; Bret and Sheila McGowne, Good Neighbor Award; Ryan Wasson of Anvil Customs, Urban Legend-in-the-Making; Larry Askren, Volunteer of the Year; MSU, Developer of the Year; and Mother’s Brewing Co. LLC, Business of the Year.
Baird Lightner Millsap PC promoted Katherine Thompson to partner. She has worked for the firm for six years, primarily practicing insurance defense, civil rights and employment law.
City Utilities Transit named Jody Cooper as 2018 Driver of the Year. A CU Transit driver since May 2015, he was unanimously selected for the honor by a group of his peers.
TrailSpring Inc. named Brad Bennett as managing director. He has 20 years of nonprofit experience and founded Real Encounter Outreach Ministry Inc., which uses motorcycle, street bike and BMX stunts in outreach events. TrailSpring oversees Two Rivers Bike Park and builds multiuse trails in the Ozarks.
OATS Inc. added retired transit director Scott Kosky to its board of directors. He led OATS southwest operations for 27 years, and was a certified community transit manager, before retiring in 2013. Kosky is filling a seat vacated by Nolan McNeill in December and will serve until 2020.
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.