Elliott, Robinson & Co. LLP promoted certified public accountants Kelsey Prewitt and Alex Hampton to senior accountants. Prewitt is a Drury University graduate with a bachelor’s in business administration. Hampton earned a master of accountancy and a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University. Both handle accounting, bookkeeping, tax preparation and audit work.
Banking and Finance
Mid-Missouri Bank hired Peter Ostapko as vice president and commercial lender working out of the Sunshine Street branch. He has 10 years of experience in banking, most recently with Arvest Bank.
Guaranty Bank named Jason Poe and Jesse Lomax as retail banking officers. Poe joined the bank in 2017 as a mortgage lending officer and began his banking career in 2005 as a special asset officer for Community Bank & Trust in Neosho. Lomax had 13 years of experience at Equity Bank before joining Guaranty Bank.
Drury appointed Kimbrea Browning as executive vice president of enrollment management and operations for adult and online education. She provides strategic leadership in recruitment, the student experience and day-to-day operations for evening and online programs in the College of Continuing Professional Studies. Browning has 15 years of higher education enrollment services experience, most recently at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati.
Toth and Associates Inc. Vice President Adam Toth was promoted to president, succeeding his father, Lou Toth. Adam Toth, who has an electrical engineering degree from University of Missouri and an MBA from Missouri State University, has worked at the company since its 2003 founding. Lou Toth remains as a practicing professional engineer and chairman of the board.
The Order at Hotel Vandivort promoted Caleb Stangroom to head chef. He joined the staff in August 2017 and was promoted to sous chef the following year. Stangroom also was co-owner and chef of pop-up concept Element.
Piatchek & Associates Services Director Shawn Gallagher earned his Missouri life insurance producer license through the Missouri Department of Insurance. He assists clients with retirement analyses and planning, among other services.
Leggett & Platt Inc. promoted Susan McCoy to senior vice president of investor relations. She started with the company in 1986 and joined the investor relations department in 2002 as director. McCoy recently received a top ranking from Institutional Investor as Best Investor Relations Professional on its 2019 Midcap All-America Executive Team.
The Missouri Public Transit Association elected City Utilities Transit Director Matt Crawford to its board of directors for a two-year term. He has 20 years of experience with CU, serving as a customer service representative, information technology specialist and transportation planner before being named director in December 2018.
The Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center in Branson received the AAA Four Diamond rating for the 21st consecutive year. AAA’s appraisal system relies on unannounced and anonymous on-site evaluations, where inspectors assess comfort, hospitality, cleanliness and the extensiveness of services and amenities.
The community’s architectural and engineering professionals present these 25 projects as an insight into their portfolios.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.