Banking and Finance
Ozark Bank hired Tim Austin as senior vice president and commercial lender at its Nixa branch. With a background in agricultural lending and 30 years of banking experience, he most recently worked at Legacy Bank & Trust Co. in Sparta. Austin is responsible for the cultivation of new business relationships, loan portfolio management and community involvement.
Commerce Bank was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the World’s Best Banks for 2019 and ranked second among Missouri-based banks. Out of 415 banks in 23 countries on the list, Commerce Bank ranked 41st in the nation. Forbes surveyed more than 40,000 customers and evaluated banks on trust, customer service, digital services, terms and conditions, and financial advice.
Greg DeLong, senior vice president and financial adviser at Morgan Stanley’s Springfield Wealth Management office, was named to Forbes Magazine’s 2019 list of America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, ranking No. 36 in Missouri.
Branco Enterprises Inc. earned a second-place finish for safety excellence in the General Contractor Division during the Midwest Construction Safety Conference & Expo in Blue Springs. Branco was selected by a panel of five independent judges during the 12th annual program.
The Missouri Association of School Administrators selected Springfield Public Schools Superintendent John Jungmann for the 2019 Robert L. Pierce Award. A committee of peers selected him from nominees in each of the eight MASA districts. Jungmann, who joined SPS in 2014, was noted as students in learning through project-based environments and developing the Envisioning Excellence process to involve community members.
Nixa Public Schools selected David Kelly as head principal for Nixa High School, Josh Bennett as assistant principal for High Pointe Elementary and Emily Myers as assistant principal at John Thomas School of Discovery and Inman Intermediate. Kelly succeeds Mark McGehee, who was promoted to executive director of human resources. Bennett follows Mandy Beckler, who was hired as principal of Logan-Rogersville’s primary school. Myers succeeds Garrett Lowder, who was hired as director of academic services for the Marshfield school district.
TripAdvisor recognized the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks as a Top 25 Small Hotel in the U.S. in its 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Winners in eight categories were determined by millions of reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe.
The Keeter Center’s Dobyns Dining Room was named Best Branson-Area Restaurant by 417 Magazine. It also took second place for Best Place for Brunch and Best Restaurant Service in the Best of 417 2019: Food & Drink.
TripAdvisor named Branson to its top U.S. destinations for 2019, the eighth time the city has been on the list. Branson ranked 19th, ahead of Seattle, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. New York City ranked first, followed by Maui and Oahu in Hawaii.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medical District received the InterContinental Hotels Group 2018 Torchbearer Award. It’s one of 216 American hotels chosen out of 5,300 IHG properties systemwide, based on guest experiences and customer satisfaction ratings.
HR Advantage LLC hired Elizabeth Hurst as business development manager to cultivate relationships with employers to assess their human resource needs. She served the past five years as development manager for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
The Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust named Laura Wagner as director. She serves as a liaison between the Laborer’s International Union of North America and signatory companies in collective bargaining agreements. Wagner has 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations and business development.
Crave Cookie Dough owners eye store No. 2 as they enter the second year in business.
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.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
"For me success is...a little bit fleeting. Today's success and goal achieved only lasts about that long," says Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms. Look beyond the day-to-day financial achievements to the long-term victories.