KPM CPAs PC promoted accountant Hannah Montgomery to supervisor. With five years of accounting experience, she provides audit services and serves on the employee benefit plan team. Montgomery holds a bachelor’s in accounting and finance from Drury University.
Banking and Finance
Guaranty Bank hired Brandon Wardenburg as a vice president and senior credit officer. He has 15 years of industry experience, with stints locally as a credit analyst for Central Bank of the Ozarks and U.S. Bank, and most recently as senior commercial portfolio manager for Denver-based Sunflower Bank. Wardenburg holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and marketing management from Missouri State University.
Drury Law Enforcement Academy Director Tony Bowers earned the 2020 Distinguished Staff Service Award. He was recognized by the university for building the academy’s reputation throughout southwest Missouri, leading to quality employment outcomes for graduates. Bowers leads and recruits for three academy classes a year.
MSU received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and improve computer science education in elementary grades at rural schools. The funds are expected to provide the tools, curriculum and technology to support 150 teachers and 13,500 students. MSU was among 20 awards out of over 1,000 grant applicants in the federal Education Innovation and Research program.
Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. and Discovery Center of Springfield Inc. was awarded $315,250 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide STEM education for children in low-income families. The funds are dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on, seated models in the partnership between OACAC and Discovery Center.
Mary Meyer Keyes, of Springfield, was appointed to the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Board. She’s a relationship manager for Affinity Wealth Partners and previously worked as a client associate for Merrill Lynch. With a bachelor’s in communications from Drury, Keyes also served as chief of staff to former Missouri first lady Melanie Blunt.
Dr. Mark Walterskirchen joined Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Urology Surgical Clinic staff. As a urology surgery specialist, he is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Walterskirchen attended medical school at University of Washington and completed a urology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
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.