Kristin Carter was the first of her kind at Central Trust Co. When she accepted the job in 2016, the title of tax officer was new for the company. It was “exhilarating and terrifying,” she says, and the fear of failure was real. However, two years later, she’s still going strong at the $6 billion company as a resource for more than 120 staff members in five offices.
Outside of the office, Carter is giving back to the next generation of businesspeople as chairwoman of The Network Leadership Council and board member of Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Being a part of a young professional’s success story has been very rewarding for me,” she says, “and fills my heart to know I played a small part in making their personal and professional life more fulfilling.”
What was your first job? A pig farm at 14 years old. I was just a small-town girl trying to earn money for space camp.
What was your professional aha moment? Realizing how important relationships are, especially in our community. Always take the opportunity to connect with those around you, and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.
What do you miss most about the 1990s? No social media, smartphones or constantly being connected. Riding bikes with friends down the street, hair scrunchies and watching “Full House.”
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Reading minds.
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.