Hannah Kirkland of Duckett Ladd LLP earned designation as a certified public accountant. She interned at the firm for three years before accepting a full-time position as an auditor after graduating from Missouri State University in 2017.
Duckett Ladd named Ryan Hatch a partner. He was appointed chief audit technician in 2016 and is an active mentor in the College of Business Corporate Mentor Program at MSU.
ADsmith Marketing & Advertising appointed Ken Taylor as president after being hired in January as senior vice president of marketing strategy. He previously worked for 16 years at Noble Communications Co. Taylor succeeds ADsmith founder Angela Smith, who retains full ownership of the company and is not retiring.
Tanner Wilkinson joined Esterly, Schneider and Associates Inc. as an architectural intern. With a master’s in architecture from Drury University, he works with the design team on local and national projects.
The MSU Board of Governors elected St. Louis resident Gabriel Gore as chairman and Springfield resident Craig Frazier as vice chairman. Gore is a partner in the St. Louis law firm of Dowd Bennett LLP and a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. Frazier, currently a board member of Springfield Innovation Inc., has held a variety of positions in health care management and the insurance industry for the last 20 years. The board also re-elected MSU Chief Financial Officer Steve Foucart as board treasurer and Kristan Gochenauer as the full-time secretary to the board of governors.
Independent general practice attorney Amanda Brown received the 2018 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Award at the Missouri Bar Foundation and Public Service Awards in St. Louis for her work on behalf of victims of domestic violence.
The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Tour de Courts program was one of four recipients of this year’s E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award. The award recognizes programs and projects contributing to the advancement of professionalism among lawyers.
The Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce promoted Anna Evans to executive director from marketing and event coordinator. She succeeds Andrea Sitzes, who now leads the Show Me Christian County regional economic development group. Evans has a bachelor’s in communication studies from Evangel University.
The Greater Springfield Board of Realtors selected eight real estate agents for its 2019 Leadership Academy: Darin Peterson of Century21 Peterson Real Estate, Griffin Bobbett of One Source Realty LLC, Doug Collins of Re/Max House of Brokers, Kelley Jacobson and Liz Lawyer of Murney Associates LLC, Yvonne Burdette-VanCamp of Southwest Missouri Realty LLC, Sara Brodersen of Coldwell Banker Vanguard and Blake Cook of Century 21 Integrity Group.
The first of SBJ's forums detailing Economic Growth Survey results is held.
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.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder