BKD LLP promoted Brandon Smith to the senior consultant II position and Catherine Bennett, Sarah Brown, Caroline Cavanaugh and Tori Cross to the senior associate II level. Smith, who consults with clients in various industries, has a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in accountancy from Missouri State University. Bennett provides audit services in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and community health center industries; she earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Brigham Young University-Hawaii and an MBA from MSU. With a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks, Brown provides tax assistance to BKD’s not-for-profit and private client services industry teams. Cavanaugh, who provides audit services to construction companies and for employee benefits plans, has a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks and a master’s in accountancy from MSU.
Ozark School District principals Kim Fitzpatrick and Anna Thurman were recognized for their work by Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. Fitzpatrick, the principal of South Elementary the past 14 years, was named Distinguished Principal of the Year for meeting high standards in instruction, student achievement, character and climate for students, families and staff. Thurman, the East Elementary Principal since 2019, was selected as Exemplary New Principal for the Southwest Region for contributions to the community and education profession.
Springfield-based Enactus elected Gonzalve Bich, CEO of Societe BIC SA in France, as board chair and Carl Carande, the global head of advisory at KPMG International, as a director. Bich succeeds Kees Kruythoff, chairperson and CEO of The Livekindly Co., who served two terms as chair.
NAMI Southwest Missouri Inc. named the Springfield Police Department as Community Partner of the Year for assisting to meet the needs of its mental health clients.
Eden Village honored SPD Cpl. Mike Evans with the 2020 #NoOneSleepsOutside Award for his service to the homeless community. Evans is credited with reuniting a homeless individual with his family and ending his homelessness.
Gov. Mike Parson appointed several southwest Missouri businesspeople to state boards and commissions: Dr. Gabriel Cline, of Springfield, to the State Committee of Psychologists; Dr. Ann Rost, of Marshfield, to the State Committee of Psychologists; Stacie Scrivner, of Mount Vernon, to the Missouri Dental Board; and Amy Strauss, of Springfield, to the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects. Cline owns Psych Associates LLC, a counseling firm he founded in 2017. He’s also worked as a psychologist for Neuropsychological Associates of Southwest Missouri and the Child Trauma Treatment Center in Joplin, and earned a master’s in counseling psychology from University of Kansas and a doctorate in counseling psychology from University of Nebraska. Rost is a professor and assistant psychology department head at MSU, and holds a master’s in clinical psychology from North Dakota State University and a doctorate in psychology from University of Kansas. Scrivner is a learning specialist in academic services for Kansas City University and has worked as a clinical dental hygienist for 14 years, as well as the chair of the dental hygiene department at Missouri Southern State University. She has an associate degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor’s in health sciences from Missouri Southern State University, as well as a master’s in education from William Woods University. Strauss is retired from City Utilities of Springfield, where she managed power generation engineering, among other roles over a 27-year career. She also has chaired Missouri University of Science and Technology’s civil engineering department’s advisory council and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T.
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.