Southwest Baptist University promoted three faculty members: Allison Langford to vice president for strategic planning and initiatives, Dana Steward to assistant provost for general education and transition, and Angela Carr to director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Langford continues to oversee accreditation and outcome assessment, and Steward maintains leadership within the Clark University Success Center and the General Education Program. Additionally, Carr provides support as a Blackboard specialist.
The Princeton Review named Drury as one of the most environmentally responsible schools in the county on its annual Guide to 399 Green Colleges. Drury was selected for changing exterior campus lighting to LED, its designation as a Tree Campus USA, a native landscape restoration, high-efficiency heating equipment upgrades and installation of water bottle filling stations.
Mercy Hospital Springfield and Mercy Hospital Lebanon each earned an A grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Guide. The hospitals were among 855 nationwide awarded an A, out of 2,600 graded on 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. With its methodology being peer-reviewed, The Leapfrog Group aims to improve health care quality and safety for consumers.
Primerica Financial Services LLC promoted Tim Armstrong to regional vice president from local representative. He has worked with Primerica for 20 years.
BKD LLP hired Jarica Oeltjen as assistant general counsel. She previously practiced business and estate litigation at Kutak Rock LLP and Lathrop Gage LLP. Oeltjen graduated first in her class at University of Arkansas School of Law in 2012.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri received a $40,000 growth grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association. The funds will be used to recruit, screen and train CASA volunteers to serve children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
Victory Mission & Ministry was named the Great Game of Business 2018 All-Star Social Section Champion at the 26th annual Gathering of Games in Dallas, Texas. The award, which recognizes companies for innovative management practices, noted that Victory Mission taught its employees financial literacy and saved more than $600,000 from the previous year’s expenses.
The Child Advocacy Center appointed Kathy Smith to development director after a stint as interim following the departure of Linda Reagan. She has worked at CAC for six years and previously served as executive coordinator for the Spritngfield area Sertoma clubs for 13 years.
The Arc of Missouri Board of Directors elected Patty Goss, of Springfield, as one of five officers and Libby Barnard, an Arc of the Ozarks staff member, as one of its nine members. Goss was named vice president. Barnard works as safety and risk management officer for the organization.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc.’s Monett affiliate awarded a $2,425 grant to Drury University for a downtown revitalization project to clean the interior and exterior of vacant storefront windows in collaboration with the Monett High School Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professionals Studies. The grant is the first for Drury from the Monett Area Community Foundation.
The Sports Turf Managers Association and Minor League Baseball named Brock Phipps of the Springfield Cardinals as one of four recipients of the Sports Turf Managers of the Year Award. It’s Phipps’ sixth time winning the award, which will be issued at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center was chosen by the city of Branson Tree Board for its October Beautification Award. The landscape was designed by PGAV Destinations PC and installed by American Lawn Care.
Greg Raines, owner of Pro Tow LLC in Willard, was chosen for induction to the Order of Towman by American Towman Magazine during the 30th annual American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland. He will receive The Cross of the Order for his dedication to the towing trade and for serving the community. Nominees are named by police and fire chiefs from across the nation.
Local developer plans renovations after investing $5 million in foreclosed property acquisitions.
How do you develop your company's core values? Mark Struckhoff and Michele Delcoure, both with Council of Churches discuss how they did it and the importance of why you should. Ask the Experts is a monthly series in cooperation with Springfield Business Journal. This is sponsored content.
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.