Banking and Finance
Arvest Bank added Ladd Lanier and Steve Kelly as commercial loan managers and Jerrod Harmon as a commercial banker. Lanier previously worked as a loan manager for Arvest in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Kelly has 14 years of banking experience in credit, special assets and relationship management, and Harmon has three years of experience, most recently as a credit analyst at Springfield First Community Bank.
John Rehani, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial Inc., received the 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager award from Five Star Professional. Recipients are scored on 10 evaluation criteria, including client retention rates, assets administered and favorable regulatory and compliant histories. Rehani has 37 years of experience with Ameriprise.
BluCurrent Credit Union promoted Caroline Richardson and Kyle Short to directors of business services. Richardson has seven years of experience and started with BluCurrent as branch manager in 2014. Short started in 2010 as a member service representative and spent six years in the training department.
Retired Springfield Fire Department Chief David Hall was honored by Gov. Mike Parson with the Governor’s Medal, awarded to public safety officers for service above and beyond the call of duty. Hall, currently the emergency manager at Missouri State University, began his career at the Mountain Grove Volunteer Fire Department in 1983 and retired in 2017. He’s served as a University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training Institute adjunct instructor, co-developed Fire Officer I and II curricula, and held leadership roles in the Region D Homeland Security Oversight Committee.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, was elected chairman of the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee. The RPC, established in 1947, advances party positions on legislation, floor debate and votes.
Missouri Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, was elected as majority caucus whip. She will make sure caucus members are present to cast votes. Crawford filled the District 28 Senate seat vacated by now-Gov. Parson, representing Benton, Cedar, Dallas, Hickory, Laclede, Pettis, Polk and St. Clair counties.
Kent Hyde, a partner at Hyde, Love and Overby LLP, was recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his practice representing physicians, hospitals and attorneys. He has received the honor each year since 2007. Hyde has practiced law since 1984 and is board chairman of The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Co. in St. Louis.
Kampgrounds of America Inc. selected the Branson KOA Holiday Campground for the 2019 KOA President’s Award and the KOA Founder’s Award. The President’s Award recognizes exceptional quality standards and high customer scores. The Founder’s Award is the organization’s highest honor. The awards were presented at the KOA International Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.
Aurora native and fourth-generation cattle farmer Glen Cope was elected to the eight-member MFA Oil Co. Board of Directors to represent the southwest district. He currently serves on the FCS Financial Board as well as U.S. Rep. Billy Long’s agriculture advisory committee.
Client and revenue growth at Seven Hills Veterinary Clinic fuels move to larger home.
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.
One year into opening Ellecor, Haden Long gave birth to her second daughter. The first five months of her life, she was with her constantly at work. "They're why we do this," Long explains.