BKD LLP promoted Missy Bunch to outsourcing senior associate, and Ana Hernandez and Dylan Lyon to senior consultants. With a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University, Bunch provides clients general ledger cleanup, bookkeeping and QuickBooks support. Hernandez, who holds a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks, handles consulting and audit services to home care and hospice providers. Lyon provides financial consulting services to community health centers and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Drury University.
Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank appointed Jeremy Thomas as a residential lender. With nearly 20 years of banking experience, he’s worked for Guaranty since 2009, most recently as a retail banking officer. Thomas also had stints with Bank of America and Postal Federal Community Credit Union.
Central Bank of the Ozarks appointed two retail officers with management of banking centers: Tisha Radcliff over the Chesterfield Village branch and Tyera Sutton over two branches in Ozark. Radcliff has 15 years of managerial experience, previously at the bank’s Highlandville branch. Sutton has eight years of banking experience and most recently served as an assistant branch manager.
Arvest Bank named Justin French, Craig McCoy, Daniel Ogunyemi and Krystal Simon as board members in Springfield. French is a producer for Barker Phillips Jackson Inc. and previously served as a mortgage lender for Regions Bank. McCoy is the CEO of Mercy Springfield Communities and has led hospital systems in Atlanta, Phoenix and Greenville, South Carolina. Ogunyemi is the college director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Ozarks Technical Community College. Simon is the CEO of Care to Learn and previously led operations at Camp Barnabas.
Southwest Baptist University added 10 faculty members: Shellie Austin, instructor of library services and the campus digital services librarian; Taylor Corlee, instructor of communication; Jordan Edwards, assistant professor of university studies and director of the Gordon and Judy Dutile Honors Program; Kole Foster, assistant professor of physical therapy; Andrea Gramling, instructor of nursing; Bill Marr, instructor of business administration; David Quackenbos, assistant professor of Christian ministry; Kira Rubin and Izzy Switzer, instructors of athletic training; and Cassie Trippe, instructor of nursing on the Springfield campus.
Daniel Good was promoted to vice president of pharmacy for Mercy’s acute care and hospital-based operations in the Springfield community and the Mercy hospitals in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. He’s also responsible for the Pharmacy RePack operation and the 340b Program.
Megan Owens, a commercial risk account manager with Ollis/Akers/Arney, was named the 2021 Outstanding CSR of the Year in Missouri by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. She’s firm’s fourth customer service representative to receive the statewide distinction since 2016. With a bachelor’s in business from College of the Ozarks, Owens has worked for Ollis/Akers/Arney since 2013.
The Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors elected Richard Sheets as executive director to succeed the retired Dan Ross. Sheets, who has served in an interim capacity since January, has worked as deputy director since 2004 and directed the League’s legislative and advocacy efforts since 2009. He previously worked as planning director for Greene County and has a bachelor’s in urban and regional planning from MSU.
As Easy Mountain Cannabis Co. closes in on nine months of business, dozens of new patients pass daily through its doors – a trend co-owner Alex Paulson said basically started on day one.
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.