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Newsmakers: Sept. 5-11, 2016

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Banking
Commerce Bank promoted Dana Ausburn and Denise Yoakum to assistant vice presidents. Their new responsibilities include business development and relationship management. Ausburn has eight years of banking experience and is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she earned a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in finance, banking and real estate. Yoakum earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University and has been with Commerce since 2001.

Kelley Lemons joined Ozark Bank as vice president and information systems director. With 35 years of related experience, his responsibilities include the implementation and integration of system and technology initiatives.

Civic
Seven Springfield area residents were selected out of 12 Missourian Award winners in the program benefitting the American Heart Association. The 2016 class, to be recognized Sept. 24 at Chateau on the Lake Resort in Branson, and are Alden Buerge, chairman of First National Bank of Clinton; Stephen Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard since 2009; Warren Davis, founder and co-owner of Warren Davis Properties; Rob Fulp, CEO and chairman of Springfield First Community Bank; Michael Garrett, retired Barry County Circuit judge; Mike Hamra, CEO of restaurant franchise group Hamra Enterprises; Ted Koplar of Koplar Communications; W. Dudley McCarter, founder of Clayton-based law firm Behr, McCarter and Potter; Gary O’Neal, CEO of Commercial Bank in St. Louis; Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Hospitality Management; Dr. Timothy Woods, surgeon and trauma medical director for CoxHealth; and Rick Ziegenfuss, city administrator for Hollister.

Education
The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities selected Southwest Baptist University professor Brad Johnson to serve on its seven-member Chief Institutional Advancement Officer Commission. Some 180 higher education institutions are part of CCCU, and Johnson is serving a three-year term.

SBU hired faculty members Alexandra Archer as an instructor of mathematics; Aaron Black as an assistant professor of business administration; Joseph Michalka as an assistant professor of chemistry; Scott Morrison as an assistant professor of education; and Duane Widhalm as an assistant professor of graduate education and coordinator of education administration.

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary hired Dan Morrison as director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching. A 2011 master of divinity graduate at AGTS, Morrison has worked in pastoral and campus ministry for the past 15 years, most recently as associate pastor of young adults for Evangel Temple in Springfield.

SBU designated Angela Brown-Peterson and Timothy Wood academic chairpersons. Brown-Peterson is the Elaine Simpson Chairwoman of Business Administration, and Wood is the chairman of the Roy Blunt History Department.

Health Care
The Compliance Team accredited Alps Pharmacy of Springfield as an Exemplary Provider in the community and specialty pharmacy programs as well as in the durable medical equipment accreditation program. Participants, who must score at least 90 percent to earn accreditation, are required to have quality improvement plans and fraud and abuse safeguards in place, as well as ongoing patient satisfaction surveys.

Operations
Springfield Sign and Neon hired Philip Hogan as operations manager. He previously worked at Johnson Controls Inc. as the North America commodity manager. Hogan has a bachelor’s in biology and environmental science from Drury University.

Transportation
The Missouri Public Transit Association honored Oats Inc. with the 2016 Transit Champions Award for providing specialized transportation to thousands of Missourians, including the rural general public, senior citizens and people with disabilities in 87 Missouri counties.

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