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Banking and Finance
Old Missouri Bank promoted Sheryl Asher to senior vice president of human resources. At the bank since 2016, she has assisted management in recruiting and hiring practices, succession planning, staff development, employee job satisfaction and staff retention.
Robert Stricklin, executive chef of The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks, received the Heart of the House award during the Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association’s annual Golden Fork Awards gala. With 40 years of culinary experience, Stricklin was honored for exceptional service as a back-of-the-house employee.
The Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association also awarded $1,500 scholarships to two College of the Ozarks students, Svetlana Volkova and Daniel Worley.
Stephanie Pape was named executive director of GYN Cancers Alliance. With nonprofit experience at United Way, The Kitchen Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters, she handles event planning, fundraising, overseeing client services and working with the board of directors.
Phoenix Home Care Inc. promoted Ursula Gorman to corporate director of human resources. She oversees a companywide risk management budget of $1.2 million and an employee benefits management budget of $3 million. She previously held the titles of human resources supervisor and HR manager.
Cox South’s Auxiliary Gift Shop won the Albert D. Maslia Award for merchandising displays from Burton and Burton at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Judges selected the gift shop for its creative use of space and a cohesive theme and detail.
CoxHealth physician assistant Missy Abramovitz earned the Certificate of Added Qualifications specialty credential in hospital medicine from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has seven years of experience in the hospital medicine specialty and 11 years overall in health care. Abramovitz recently completed a two-year term as the first PA elected to the Cox South Medical Executive Committee.
Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, was appointed to the Missouri Tourism Commission. The 10 members on the commission serve four-year terms, while overseeing policy and administration of tourism promotion through job creation, payroll, tax revenue and economic development.
Gov. Mike Parson named David Yancey as Greene County public administrator from an interim capacity. Yancey, who’s professional experience includes time as a law office administrator, a medical office administrator and as a medical office credit manager, held the county public administrator position from January 2009 to December 2016 when he retired.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks Inc. appointed Joselyn Baldner and Katherine Thompson to its board of directors. Baldner is an executive vice president and chief retail officer at Central Bank of the Ozarks. Thompson is a partner at Baird, Lightner, Millsap PC, practicing civil-rights and employment law.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.07 million to the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness. Member agencies receiving funds are Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Inc., Great Circle, Harmony House, Housing Authority of Springfield, Missouri Department of Mental Health and The Kitchen Inc. The funds will be used to support local homeless services during the next year with a focus on housing.
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.