KPM CPAs PC hired Garrett Bacon and Emily Hopkins as staff accountants in the firm’s audit department. They both previously served as interns and have bachelor’s degrees in accounting from Missouri State University.
Banking and Finance
Legacy Bank and Trust hired Mindy Wiseman as senior vice president and chief credit officer. She’s worked in banking since 2005, mostly in commercial lending and credit operations. Wiseman is responsible for the credit quality of Legacy Bank’s portfolio, as well as lending processes and credit team training.
Simmons Bank promoted Allan Ivie to regional president of wealth management for its markets in Missouri and Kansas. He oversees trust teams in Springfield and Columbia, and is spearheading new trust teams in Kansas City, St. Louis and Wichita, Kansas. Ivie has 40 years of industry experience in the St. Louis market.
Travis Toliver was named area vice president and general manager for U.S. Cellular’s southwest region. He leads sales and operations for corporate-owned and agent retail locations in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. With 17 years of experience, he previously was regional sales director for Comcast in Houston, Texas.
Ozarks Technical Community College promoted Dustin Childress to president for education centers, overseeing operations of the campuses in Republic, Waynesville, Fort Leonard Wood and Lebanon. Childress began teaching at OTC in 2007 and he previously oversaw the operations of the OTC Lebanon Center starting in 2013. Most recently, Childress was dean of three education centers.
Ozark School District received a clean audit report for fiscal 2020 from independent auditor KPM CPAs PC. The 58-page report indicated the district ended the year with a “solid and stable” fund balance of approximately 28% and did not lay off or furlough any staff during the pandemic and a tough economic environment.
Three Springfield-area state representatives were selected to chair committees in the Missouri House of Representatives: Curtis Trent, R-Springfield, the Committee on General Laws; Mike Stephens, R-Bolivar, the Committee on Health and Mental Health Policy; and Jered Taylor, R-Republic, the Special Committee on Government Oversight. In all, 41 committee chairs were announced.
Missouri Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, was chosen to chair the Senate Small Business and Industry Committee that reviews legislation regarding the ownership and operation of small businesses. As a state representative, he previously chaired the House Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing.
CoxHealth promoted Nursing Director Beth Polivka to chief nursing officer, succeeding Karen Kramer. She has 25 years of nursing experience and joined CoxHealth as a staff nurse in 2004. Polivka’s also served as nursing project coordinator and administrative director of nursing, overseeing the women and children’s service line. Kramer had served in both the CNO and chief hospital officer roles the past year.
Jonathon Bradtke joined Burgess Aircraft Management and OzAir Charter Services as a line pilot. A native of Australia, he served in the Royal Australian Air Force and most recently piloted regional planes for ExpressJet Airlines. In addition to flying aircraft, Bradtke assists Burgess Aircraft and OzAir with developing new helicopter operations.
Company commissions locally produced pieces that highlight takeaways of the pandemic.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, discusses an issue she sees in how business is presented to young women. She says because social roles are different for men and women, women can be led to expect an unrealistic work-life balance as business owners.
Randy Bacon, a longtime professional photographer based in downtown Springfield, says preparation before making big decisions helped him transition between important stages in his life. He says his big decisions were ultimately a big leap of faith.
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.