“A leader is one that knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”
It’s advice from author John C. Maxwell that sums up what Mandy Anthes strives for in her profession. And it shows, for instance, in the volunteer work the Missouri State University graduate undertook with The Network to help the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce retain local college graduates in the business community. Part of MSU’s class of 2003, she’s worked as a commercial loan officer at The Bank of Missouri in Springfield since 2005. During her off time, Anthes has stayed busy as a board member of Leadership Springfield, a community panel member for the United Way Allocations Committee, member of the Junior League of Springfield and member of the Missouri Bankers Association, among other affiliations.
What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? By speaking up and showing up. So many people have great ideas or opinions to make a difference; I like to take action.
What do you miss most about the 1990s? I miss the lack of social media. I think social media outlets have taken away the art of knowing how to communicate with others and just being in the moment.
What did you learn the hard way? You cannot make everyone happy. It is exhausting and, in the end, you are the one that ends up unhappy.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Flying. I love travelling and this would be much cheaper.
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.