Clay Trautman is no doubt in the people business, as evidenced by his career and community work. He’s quick to assist younger professionals in connecting with others in the community, and he takes time to coach and mentor them.
“Focusing on people is what it’s all about for me,” he says.
As a private client adviser for Ollis/Akers/Arney, that means helping the insurance firm’s top 250 high net worth clients manage risks. When clients grow their wealth, their businesses improve, and according to Trautman, so does the local economy.
In the community, Trautman is active in the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, for which he helped build its development board. In 2015, he co-founded the Springfield chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation. It’s since raised more than $90,000 in less than three years for the cause.
What’s your most treasured possession? My 13-piece Pearl drum set. It was given to me about 15 years ago, and I’ve played it ever since.
What do you miss most about the 1990s? Today, there’s so much going on. Being a kid in the ’90s, everything seemed so simple and stress-free.
What is your best productivity hack? You’d be amazed how much you can do if you’re always working on your to-do list and not just standing around the break room.
What historical figure do you identify with most? Walt Disney. We are both kids at heart and have a passion for following our dreams no matter.
Local medical marijuana dispensaries must find ways to get creative with their marketing in light of industry advertising regulations released this summer by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.