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Opinion: Lessons learned in recent M&A activity

C.J. Davis, president and CEO of Burrell Behavioral Health: We have made it a company strategy to complete no fewer than five true mergers or acquisitions with companies of various sizes and scopes.

CoxHealth VP Andy Hedgpeth: "In times of great change, employers may be tempted to chase new, trendy approaches. In the long term, though, success is found in pursuing a new take on the fundamentals."

Kingly Consulting founder Ryan Baker: "You always need to know your tourists and your destination’s appeal."

Columnist Lynne Haggerman: "Organizations must begin more creative and aggressive recruiting in order to survive in today’s economy."

Certified financial planner Kenny Gott: "Business owners are compensated for the risks they take – but only if they can successfully navigate through them."

Guaranty Bank residential lending manager Tyler Stalker: "Being creative, inventive and resourceful does not mean you have to go it alone."

Columnist KC Mathews singles out the economic variables he's calling the three "I"migos.

Columnist Jason Flores answers the top three questions about cryptocurrencies.

Spencer Fane attorney Alec Martinez: "Unsurprisingly, determining the amount of compensation for property taken by eminent domain often leads to disputes between the landowner and condemning party."

Drury's John Kiernicki: "The business world is coming to the realization that eco-friendly practices are beneficial for operations."

Evangel's Eveline Lewis: "Even though some see the negative aspects of diversity – such as communication gaps and resistance to change – companies will do well to acquire strategies that promote an empowerment culture, as well as to foster communication and camaraderie within a diverse workplace."

Multicultural Business Association Executive Director Darline Mabins: "It’s important that when people talk about the opportunities that exist right now, they should be able to see themselves in those spaces."

MSU Chief Diversity Officer Wes Pratt: "Too often CDO positions are merely part of a compositional or checklist approach, whereby DEI are simply buzzwords not taken seriously but only to appear as if such groups are concerned about valuing DEI."

Ollis/Akers/Arney's Karen Shannon: "In this challenging environment, employers must rethink old strategies and practices to meet today’s demands."

People Centric Consulting Group owner Don Harkey: "What if Springfield employers decided to rally around the idea of making Springfield an unusually amazing place to work?"

BKD's Jim Ashley: "Whether through headlines, data or our own personal experiences, the past two years have provided a near-daily reminder that life is fragile. We have collectively renewed our focus on the importance of time with family and friends, as well as personal pursuits."

Downtown Springfield Association's Rusty Worley discusses Ascend for Accelerating Springfield’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship, Networking and Diversity.

Missouri Small Business Development Center's Lance Coffman: "No business is immune to the affliction of uncertainty. Retaining a focus on the strategic, even when constraints force time to the tactical, allows for continued clarity and resiliency in your business."

Columnist Lynne Haggerman: "Recently, federal employment laws have been revised, clarified and implemented."

Attorney Stephen F. Aton says, “The practice of law has changed more in the past 20 years than in the past 200.”

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