Updated: March 22, 9:08 a.m.
Matt Miller had just started up his real estate firm Schnoebelen Miller LLC in January 2017 when, months later, business partner John Schnoebelen was diagnosed with cancer. While Schnoebelen received treatment in St. Louis, Miller ran all aspects of their new business on his own – overseeing the design and renovation of the office, and caring for his newborn daughter at home.
In the last year, Miller’s formed more than five investment partnerships, closing on more than $5 million in real estate. Miller says its others’ trust in him, his expertise and his judgement that’s brought him this far.
When did you realize you had grown up? The moment I realized how horrible of a headache I’ll get if I don’t have a little coffee in the morning.
What was your professional aha moment? A job title is somewhat meaningless. More money isn’t always best. For something to last professionally, there has to be some enjoyment associated with it other than just making money.
Top secret alias if you worked for the CIA? Matt Miller. No one would know which Matt Miller.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Cure childhood cancer.
What app gets you through the day? Headspace keeps me calm most days. When I’m with my daughter, its a tie between Balloonimals and KidloLand.
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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.
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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.