Wa Gao of Abacus CPAs LLC earned her certified internal auditor designation. Gao, a member of the audit team, started at the firm in January 2016.
Banking and Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Samantha Wheeler and Jo Haas to retail officers and banking center managers, and added Nicole Downey as human resources talent acquisition representative. Wheeler has 11 years of banking experience, most recently as assistant branch manager on South National Avenue. Haas has 16 years of experience, most recently as teller supervisor and customer service representative at the Hammons Tower branch. Downey has 10 years of experience in office management and administrative support.
Buffalo was named the Gene Speichinger Community of the Year by Missouri Community Betterment. Selected among 19 communities, Buffalo was recognized for its strong base of volunteers, including youth and governing officials.
Chris Templeton, assistant superintendent of the Willard Public Schools, was appointed to Western Governors University’s Teachers College P-12 Advisory Council. She is one of 10 education leaders nationwide giving guidance on all P-12 academic programs offered by WGU’s Teachers College. Templeton has 25 years of experience in education, most recently as professional learning coordinator for the Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts, which represents 59 districts across southwest Missouri.
Springfield Public Schools inducted Kim Crosby and Tom Prater, as well as Homer Boyd, posthumously, to the SPS Hall of Fame. Boyd, a Lincoln High School graduate, was a member of the Philharmonics and an advocate for preservation of the history of Springfield’s African-American community. He died in 2016 at the age of 83. Crosby, a Kickapoo High School graduate, starred in several Broadway productions, including “Into the Woods” and currently volunteers at Glendale High School. Prater, a Glendale High School graduate, was student body president, has served on the SPS Board of Education and is currently Springfield’s Zone 2 councilman.
Missouri State University selected Matt Blunt for the Bronze Bear Award to be given in December. As governor of Missouri in 2005, Blunt signed Senate Bill 98 to drop Southwest from the school’s name, and MSU officials say he fought for an operating budget increase that helped start its engineering partnership with Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is currently the president of the American Automotive Policy Council.
MSU awarded Sen. Jay Wasson the 2018 Governmental Excellence Award. He was selected by the MSU Board of Governors for his efforts to modify tuition restrictions and champion legislation which removed limitations on MSU’s ability to offer professional and doctorate degrees.
Missouri Lawyers Weekly selected three local professionals among its 45 up-and-coming attorneys: Austin Fax of Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law LLC, Jarica Oeltjen of BKD LLP and formerly of Kutak Rock LLP and Lathrop Gage LLP, and Scott Pierson of Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise PC.
Businessman David Clouse is working to fill the remaining three units at Jamestown Plaza after a property purchase in February.
Jessica Harmison Olson of Club Management Services discusses the challenges and benefits of leaving one job and transitioning into the family business.
Sean Brownfield, owner of Dapper and The Hepburn, talks about the evolution and expansion of his unique business model. Duration 1:28
Trevor Croley of Croley Insurance and Financial has been lucky enough to have a few great mentors in his parents and an early business leader. He shares his story with us. Duration: 1:26
Shanda Trautman with Old Missouri Bank says she tries to implement Jon Gordon's “The Energy Bus” each day of her life. Trautman says the book makes you see that no matter what’s going in your …
“I’m the only guy ever to move from Los Angeles to Springfield to get on TV,” says Jeff Houghton, host of The Mystery Show. Houghton moved to LA for a year to try to make it big. He says the …
Sam Dryer, Managing Director with the Greater Ozarks Division of Mutual of Omaha explains how companies can create a customer-focused culture and still meet sales goals. Dryer provides four tips and …
Want to work for a non-profit? Linda Saturno, Executive Director of Child Advocacy Center in Springfield says volunteering is a great way to get started. You can learn all about different non-profits …
Mark Holmes, President of Consultant Board, shares how his mentor helped him hone his skills at public speaking, leadership, teamwork, and communication and how he now uses that knowledge to teach …
Jay Ryan, bartender at The Hepburn, shows how he crafts a cocktail with some seasonal flavors. The Hepburn is a members-only club fashioned after a 1920s speakeasy, located under Dapper Barber …
Jason Gage, City Manager for the City of Springfield, outlines how Springfield is distinct from other communities, positioning the city well for a national reputation. This is sponsored …