Banking and Finance
The Bank of Missouri named Michele King regional retail manager for its southwest markets and hired Peter Connelly as a vice president and commercial loan officer. King oversees retail branch managers. Connelly has worked in lending for 10 years, most recently at Central Bank of the Ozarks and Branson Bank.
Drury University’s Breech School of Business Administration selected Penny Clayton, Joel Romines and Jim Spangler for induction to its Hall of Fame. Clayton, a professor emeritus and 1983 graduate, is the founder of PRC Consulting Group PC and operates Clayton Family Office. Romines, class of 1968, founded Knightsbridge Advisers for institutional investors in London and retired in 2015. Spangler, an alum from 1961, is the CEO and president of Helping Hand Home Health Co. in Michigan and has served on the boards of the Michigan Humane Society, Detroit Institute for Children and Flint Institute of Music.
The Ozark Board of Education hired Kent Sappington as executive director of elementary learning, Constance Leonard as Finley River School principal and Eric Russell as Ozark Middle School principal for the 2019-20 school year. Sappington has worked as principal at Ozark East Elementary since 2007 and taught second, third and fifth grades. Leonard has 30 years of experience and currently is the coordinator of college and career readiness for Springfield Public Schools. Russell has served as assistant principal at Buchanan Elementary and Intermediate schools in Branson since 2010.
SPS named three new principals to begin in the fall: Josh Groves at Glendale High School, Sara Strohm at Reed Academy and Jennifer Webb at Twain Elementary School. Groves, the current principal of Pleasant View K-8 School, succeeds the retiring Natalie Cauldwell at Glendale. Strohm is current assistant principal at Westport Middle School and succeeds the retiring Debbie Grega at Reed. Webb is the current principal of Williams Elementary School.
Gov. Mike Parson reappointed Marie Carmichael and Bradley Gregory to the Missouri Development Finance Board, and he appointed Derek Poe to the Missouri Propane Safety Commission. Carmichael is president of Affordable Homes Development Inc., and Gregory is president and CEO of Bank of Bolivar. Poe, of Strafford, is the district manager of Titan Propane in Branson and Joplin, and he has served as president of the Missouri Propane Gas Association since July 2018.
President Donald Trump appointed Parson to the Council of Governors, a panel advising the secretary of Defense, secretary of Homeland Security and the White House Homeland Security Council. The governors address issues related to the National Guard, national defense and security, civil support missions and disaster responses. Parson served for six years in the U.S. Army and 22 years in law enforcement, including 12 years as Polk County sheriff.
ADsmith Marketing and Advertising added Helen Agnew as senior account supervisor. She operated her own ad agency, The Next Level, for seven years.
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.