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Newsmakers: April 11-17, 2022

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Banking & Finance
Branson Bank promoted Jamie Hunt to human resources officer to oversee hiring, onboarding, payroll, benefits, culture development and training. She’s worked 14 years for the bank, starting as a teller, and holds a bachelor’s in business administration from College of the Ozarks.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management named adviser Doug Dugal to its Century Club and adviser Tisha Trotter to the firm’s Pacesetter’s Club. Dugal serves as senior vice president, portfolio management director and senior investment management consultant, and it’s his eighth year in the group of top wealth advisers. He’s worked for Morgan Stanley since 2003 and holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Missouri State University. Trotter, a financial planning specialist with the firm since 2019, was recognized for meeting high professional standards and client service early in her career. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Missouri Southern State University.

Guaranty Bank promoted Kristy Chastain to senior vice president and commercial relationship manager. She joined the bank in 2020 and has 15 years of banking experience, as well as a stint as chief operating officer for Springfield Sign. Chastain holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from MSU.

Drury University appointed Rosalyn Thomas to associate dean of diversity and inclusion. She’s worked as coordinator of diversity support services since joining the school in 2013 and has 33 years of service in the Springfield Public Schools system. Thomas holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Drury, as well as a specialist in education from MSU and a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University.

Willard Public Schools appointed Colt Blair as activities director, effective July 1. Currently the assistant principal at Willard High School, Blair joined the district in July 2020 after assistant coaching stints with Southwest Baptist University and Bolivar High School. He succeeds Cathy Shoup as the director for the activities and athletic programs throughout the Willard district.

SPS hired Jessica Blake as coordinator of community partnerships, volunteers and public relations. With 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, communications, relationship management, public relations and marketing, she previously served as development director for The Arc of the Ozarks.

Joseph “Chip” Sheppard III, Jay Preston, David Olive and Kirk Kaczmarek, members of Carnahan Evans PC’s medical marijuana and hemp law group, were voted Best Cannabis Industry Law Firm statewide by readers of Greenway Magazine. It was the second year in a row for the firm’s attorneys to receive the designation.

Springfield Business Journal added Doug Cannon as a business strategist in the advertising department. He has a decade of experience in advertising sales, as well as extensive work in radio programming, and holds a bachelor’s in theater from Southeast Missouri State University.


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