Guaranty Bank promoted Steven Hoaglin, a retail banking officer, to marketing research and sales support analyst. He started with the bank in 2010 as a part-time teller.
Morey Mechlin was selected for the 2019 Athena Award for her contributions to the community. Selected by an independent panel of judges through the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, she formerly served as president of the Junior League of Springfield, executive director of Care to Learn and board director for the chamber. Mechlin will be presented the award during a March 6 luncheon.
SRC Holdings Corp. subsidiary NewStream Enterprises LLC added Brian Heppner as account manager. He is responsible for customer service, order fulfillment, and meeting sales and service objectives for an aftermarket truck parts customer. He previously worked for the SRC family of companies 13 years ago in sales, production and operations.
Missouri State University honored six with the staff Excellence in University Service Award: Mary Barnhart, facilities management; Mary Lynne Golden, provost’s office; Chris Nagle, visual media; MJ Perryman, facilities management; Erica Puckett, admissions on the West Plains campus; and Marianne Stanley, computer services.
MSU also selected A’dja Jones, director of student-athlete development and community relations, and Linda Steinshouer, assistant in the department of social work, for the Excellence in Community Service Award.
The Ozark Board of Education voted unanimously to extend Superintendent Chris Bauman’s contract by three years through the 2021-22 school year. His current contract is for $160,000 and future compensation will be determined at the end of the fiscal year in June. Bauman has been in education for 25 years and was named superintendent in July 2018.
Shelter Insurance Cos. honored Mark Rowe with the 2018 Champion recognition as one of its highest achieving sales representatives based on overall agency operations. Rowe has worked with Shelter since 1999 and has earned the Champion recognition 13 times.
Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, appointed Curtis Trent, R-Springfield, to chair the subcommittee on appropriations-general administration; Rep. Lynn Morris, R-Nixa, to chair the committee on aging; Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, to chair the committee on downsizing state government; Rep. Mike Stephens, R-Bolivar, to chair the committee on health and mental health policy; Rep. Jeffery Justus, R-Branson, to chair the special committee on tourism; Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, to chair the committee on budget; and Rep. Hannah Kelly, R-Mountain Grove, to chair the subcommittee on appropriations-agriculture, conservation, natural resources and economic development.
State Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, was named vice chair for the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee is responsible for holding hearings regarding the state’s annual operating budget and other budgetary matters. He also serves on the economic development, local government and elections, fiscal oversight and ways and means panels.
CoxHealth named Chris Wyatt as president of Cox Barton County Hospital in Lamar. He most recently served as CEO of Cavalier County Memorial Hospital and Clinics in North Dakota. He also has worked as director of nuclear medicine at Des Peres Hospital/Tenet Healthcare in St. Louis.
Kevin Scharf joined Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law LLC as an associate. He previously worked as a social security disability law attorney at Parmele Law Firm PC and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law.
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.