Banking & Finance
The Bank of Missouri added Kristie Williams as branch operations officer at its Branson banking center. She’s worked in banking 22 years in the Branson market and holds an MBA from Western Governors University.
Tyler Brownlee joined Commerce Bank as a small-business banking specialist offering customized lending, credit and money management solutions for business owner-operators. He has seven years’ experience in retail at commercial vendors and holds a bachelor’s in universal studies from Oklahoma State University.
Central Bank of the Ozarks selected Kendrick Edwards to receive its diversity internship and scholarship. He’s a Parkview High School graduate enrolled as a business and marketing major at Ozarks Technical Community College. The program runs for two years.
Citizens Memorial Hospital added Drs. Stephen Davis and Haris Riaz to the medical staff at the CMH Heart Institute Clinic. Davis, a cardiologist, is certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He earned a doctorate in medicine from University of Virginia and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Virginia-Charlottesville.
Riaz, an interventional cardiologist certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, received a doctorate in medicine from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, and completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, as well as a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Springfield Business Journal promoted Amy Egger to manager of finance and customer care and hired Karen Craigo as a reporter. Egger, previously office manager, has been on SBJ’s staff four years and has 25 years of experience in accounting work. Craigo has worked as editor and general manager of The Marshfield Mail, and taught composition and creative writing at several universities. She also served as Missouri’s fifth poet laureate.
The Missouri Supreme Court reappointed Wes Pratt of Missouri State University to the Commission on Racial Ethnic Fairness for a term ending in June 2024. Pratt, who works as assistant to the president and chief diversity officer at MSU and serves as board president of Minorities in Business, also was appointed co-chair of the commission’s Practice of Law Subcommittee.
Kendall Ford succeeded Janelle Reed as manager of SingleMomzRock, an organization Reed started to support single moms and provide awareness of local resources. Ford, who has eight years of nonprofit experience, moved to Springfield in September 2020 after living in Ethiopia for two years as a missionary. Reed is focusing solely on her position as advancement director for Victory Mission & Ministry, the umbrella organization of SingleMomzRock.
Isabel’s House hired Vickie Dudley as executive director to succeed six-year leader Holly Beadle. Dudley previously worked for Joplin-based Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri. Beadle moved to Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. as director of philanthropic services.
Finley River Community Foundation named Cynthia Murphy Glenn as Citizen of the Year. The award recognizes her involvement in the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, volunteering at Ozarks schools, including roles with the athletic and junior ROTC booster clubs, and as president of the White River Valley Electric Cooperative Roundup Program. Glenn and her husband co-own Blue Monkey Towing.
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Advance Auto Parts opened its first store in Springfield; Natural Grocers made its Springfield debut; and a business owner with experience in the insurance, financial planning and digital marketing fields entered the restaurant industry.
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.