Michael Hynes, of Branson, received the Helicopter Association International’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award for his 65-year career in the aviation industry. He worked as a U.S. Air Force aircraft mechanic at the age of 17, established a flight school and charter service, and started a maintenance and parts business for Brantly helicopters, before founding Hynes Aviation Services. Hynes is now semiretired and oversees a trust fund that provides scholarships for students in aviation.
Banking & Finance
The Bank of Missouri added Jill Bomar as vice president and senior commercial loan officer and Casondra Harris as a senior commercial loan officer. Each has 17 years of banking experience. Bomar previously served as The Bank of Missouri’s community bank president in the St. Robert market, and Harris has worked at Simmons Bank and Arvest Bank.
Paula Dougherty of Achieve Private Wealth advisory was named to Ameriprise Financial Services LLC’s Circle of Success program by achieving years of consistently high performance. She is one of 69 Ameriprise Financial advisers, or less than 8%, to earn the distinction.
Springfield Public Schools named Jeremy Brown principal of Central High School, effective July 1. He’s currently serving as principal and athletic director for Scott Charter School in Scott, Arkansas, and worked as assistant principal of Jacksonville High School and as K-8 dean of students for eStem Public Charter Elementary/Middle School, both in Arkansas. Brown holds a master’s in education and an education specialist in superintendency from Arkansas State University.
Springfield Police Department made five promotions: Capt. Stacey Parton to major; Lt. Tony Vienhage to captain; Sgt. Tony D’Andrea to lieutenant; officer Jeff Burnett to sergeant; and officer Dorian Bernet to corporal.
Nonprofit consultant Tim Huddleston was named executive director of Ozark Mountain Country Cares, which was formerly known as the Stone and Taney Counties Poverty Initiative. His career experience includes stints as dean of development for College of the Ozarks, and president and CEO of Kids Across America, though he’s worked as a consultant the past five years. Huddleston has a bachelor’s in business from C of O and an MBA from Southwest Baptist University.
The Kitchen Inc. appointed its 2021 executive officers: President Jason Clough, principal of Clough Law Firm, LLC; Vice President Ellen Hammock, VP of provider services for CoxHealth; Secretary Katie Bolt-Goeke, a retired clinical social worker; Treasurer Rob Fridge, director of institutional research for Drury University; and past President Rex Hansen, a retired general manager for Summit Media. The Kitchen’s new trustees are Jean Haynes, a retired history teacher; Mike Haynes, AT&T’s regional director of external affairs; Stephanie Ireland, CEO of Ireland Architects; Briana Johnson, co-owner of Bahati Tea Co.; and Farley Lewis, an artist and muralist.
Andrea Crawford, vice president of real estate development for Prosperiti Partners LLC, was named president of Queen City Real Estate Group LLC, formerly Prosperiti Development LLC. She succeeds Titus Williams, who is minority partner in the new entity. Before joining Prosperiti, Crawford spent three years as president of the Historic River District in Ozark.
Drive-thru coffee shop Bigfoot Coffee Co. LLC opened; a pair of Springfield attorneys launched medical marijuana certification clinic The Med Card Co. LLC; and husband-and-wife owners Ryan and Lesley Day debuted their first business venture with the opening of The Farmhouse on Boone Cafe LLC.
Andrea Petersberg, owner of the Local Bevy, says the appeal of a local store holds a lot of value for people in and outside of Springfield. Petersburg says being a supporting part of the local connection for artists is important for her.
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, shares his story on how he left his job in the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now 60 years old and with signature character to his photography and business, he says he still is a 15-year-old boy with a camera.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, gives her advice for maintaining good relationships with clients. Drawing on her experience working with customers coast to coast, Thomas says equity and fairness are some of the best ways to build trust and respect.
Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.