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Newsmakers: Feb. 1-7, 2021

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Accounting
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.

Communications
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.

Education
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.

Government
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.

Health Care
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.

Transportation
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.

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