BKD LLP promoted 12 individuals at its Springfield office: Lindsay Brown and Clint Caselman to senior tax associates; Sydnie Evgenides to a senior audit associate; Veronica Shultz to senior associate and member of BKD’s national health care, not-for-profit and public sector groups; Jacob Watson to senior marketing associate; Amber Dedmon, Dallas Williams and Brock Wiberg to senior tax associate II; Debra Horn, Hailey Turner and Craig Thornton to senior associate II; and Caulen Leimkuehler to senior audit associate II.
Missouri State University appointed Shawn Wahl as dean of the College of Arts and Letters after he served in the interim role for two years. He is a professor of communication and served as head of the department, 2012-17. Previously, Wahl worked as communication department head at Angelo State University and director of graduate studies at Texas A&M University.
MSU inducted Maya Angelou, Bill Clay Sr., Bill Darr, Emily Geraghty and Doug Pitt into its Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame. Angelou is being honored posthumously for her work as an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, producer, director, singer and civil rights activist. Clay was the state’s first black representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1969-2001. Darr is the founder of American Dehydrated Foods/International Dehydrated Foods and the Darr Family Foundation, which has awarded $2.7 million in grant funding to organizations serving at-risk children. Geraghty is a journalist and producer focusing on identity issues for women, members of the LGBT community and minorities. Pitt is a businessman, investor and philanthropist, who founded the Care to Learn nonprofit to provide funding to meet children’s immediate needs in 33 school districts statewide.
SummitMedia LLC named Bo Jaxon as operations manager for its four stations in Springfield. He is the program director and co-cost for the “KTTS Morning Show,” as well as operations manager for KSPW-FM, KRVI-FM and KSGF-FM.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame added Tara Rayle, Rick Beaman and Steve Kitrel to its board of trustees. Rayle is president of Missouri Equipment Leasing Inc., Beaman is vice president of Hiland Dairy Foods Co. LLC, and Kitrel is regional manager of USA Mortgage/DAS Acquisition Co. LLC.
Former southwest Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Missouri Republican Party. His public service began on Joplin’s City Council in 1990, followed by being elected mayor in 1994. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002 and as speaker in 2009, then served in the state Senate, where he was elected president pro tem in 2015. Richard was the first person in Missouri history to serve as both speaker of the House and president pro tem of the Senate.
The American Institute of Real Estate Professionals honored Amy Molea and Faunlee Harle among the 10 Best Real Estate Agents for Client Satisfaction in Missouri for 2018-19. Recipients are selected based on client and/or peer nominations and independent evaluations. Molea is an agent at Keller Williams Realty of Greater Springfield, and Harle is an agent at Coldwell Banker Vanguard, Realtors.
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.