Jeffrey Parkison set his sights on financial leadership early in life, volunteering at CU Community Credit Union as a teenager before later acting as chairman of its supervisory committee. With a heart for public service, the certified public accountant ultimately climbed the professional ladder to now help oversee City Utilities of Springfield’s $500 million annual budget. Parkison also assists in developing the department’s five-year operating plan comprising some $2.5 billion. In his spare time, he volunteers on The Network Leadership Council and serves as a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs board and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Government Performance & Accountability Committee.
What was your first job? Rivercut Golf Course, mowing greens and maintaining the course. I was 16 and had to be work by 6 a.m. each day. This job taught me about discipline and hard work, while being a job I looked forward to going to everyday.
What is your theme song? “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
What do you miss most about the 1990s? Mark McGwire hitting home runs and Missouri State University playing in the NCAA tournament.
What did you learn the hard way? Saying no to things I want to do, but don’t have the time to do.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Ability to freeze time.
This drive-thru coffee shop is the third Scooter’s Coffee franchise in the Springfield area.
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.