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Newsmakers: Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2017

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Accounting
BKD LLP promoted Jason Rader to national industry partner for BKD National Financial Services Group. With 25 years of experience, he's a partner in the firm’s local office.

Greene County received the highest audit rating available for a public entity by KPM CPAs PC. The examination verifies the county has accurately and fairly presented its financial statements.

Elliott, Robinson & Co. LLP paraprofessional Kelly Self earned the certified fraud examiner credential from The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, denoting proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection, deterrence and investigation.

Architecture
Emily Whitty
joined Buddy Webb & Co. Inc. as an associate. With a master’s of architecture from Kansas State University, she is working toward obtaining her architecture license.

Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank promoted Lacy Brewer to retail banking officer at its North Glenstone Avenue branch and hired Becky Wright as retail banking officer on West Kearney Street. Brewer, previously an assistant banking center manager, has worked at the bank since 2006. Wright has 14 years of banking experience, previously with Great Southern and Commerce Banks.

Conservation
The Missouri Department of Conservation Southwest Region hired Tim Pratt as protection division district supervisor. Previously, he worked as a conservation agent in Hickory County since 2005 and now supervises agents in Cedar, Dade, Hickory and Polk counties.

Education
Enactus hired Kraig Butrum as chief development officer. He previously worked as vice president of development for Arlington, Virginia-based Conservation International, where he led a five-year $635 million development campaign. Butrum has 25 years of senior experience, including corporate giving, fundraising and institutional branding.

College of the Ozarks received five Certificate of Excellence Awards from online travel site TripAdvisor. The school was recognized for its campus Keeter Center, Dobyns Dining Room, Mabee Lodge and Nettie Marie’s College Creamery, based on the quality and quantity of reviews submitted by travelers over a 12-month period.

The Council of Independent Colleges selected Eric Bolger, vice president for academic affairs and dean of College of the Ozarks, for the 2017-18 Executive Leadership Academy, designed to prepare provosts and others to serve as college presidents. He was one of 24 senior-level administrators in higher education chosen nationwide.

College Consensus ranked Drury University No. 83 nationwide and No. 3 statewide for its Best Colleges 2017-18 list. Truman State University in Kirksville and Washington University in St. Louis ranked as Missouri’s top two schools, respectively.

Health Care
Denni McColm, chief information officer for Citizens Memorial Hospital and Health Care Foundation, was appointed to the new Health Information Technology Advisory Committee by Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The committee will provide recommendations to the national coordinator for health information technology to advance the electronic access, exchange and use of health information.

CoxHealth hired 14 new physicians: medical doctors Ryan Adkins, Laura Cerny, Edgar Galinanes, Patrick Finkbone, Justin Legris, Mark Mason, Kasturi Shrestha, Suthipong Soontrapa and Pavan Tummala; and osteopathic medicine doctors Wesley Campbell, Spencer Levesque, Brett Mossberger, Eric Wolfe and Steven Zinter.

Law
Missouri Lawyers retained independent attorney Deanna Scott and Hall Ansley PC attorney Deborah Dodge on its 2017-18 Board of Governors. The organization also retained Neale & Newman LLP attorney Nathan Dunville on its Young Lawyers’ Section Council. Each is serving a two-year term.

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