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Newsmakers: Jan. 23-29, 2023

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UMB Bank made three promotions: Byron Pierce to director of loan review; Ben Costello to commercial team lead of community banking; and Justin Butler to market president and commercial team lead in Springfield. With five years at the bank, Pierce previously served as the commercial team lead of community banking. Costello, with 15 years of commercial banking experience, is responsible for credit and risk management of community banking in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Omaha, Nebraska, markets. Butler, who has been with UMB for 12 years, previously as senior vice president of commercial banking, is responsible for commercial banking revenue in the Springfield market.

Tom Huster, president of KCI Construction Co. with offices in St. Louis and Springfield, was elected 2023 board chair of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri. Sean Thouvenot of Branco Enterprises Inc. is the immediate past chair of the board representing contractors and suppliers statewide.

Drury University promoted Chris Johns to executive director of the Drury Law Enforcement Academy in addition to his work as director of campus safety and security, a role he’s held since 2019. He succeeds the retiring Tony Bowers, who led the academy for 18 years.

The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch added Randy Allen as chief financial officer, signaling his return to the workforce from retirement. As a certified public accountant, he has experience in financial management for Hamra Enterprises, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Elliott Lodging. Allen is charged with financial reporting, analytics and long-term planning.

The Kitchen Inc. appointed the executive officers to its 2023 board of trustees: President Ellen Hammock, vice president of provider services at CoxHealth; Vice President Rob Fridge, executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer at Drury University; Secretary Susan Gladden, director of revenue integrity at Citizens Memorial Hospital; and Treasurer Kim Tilley, vice president of operations for hospital services at Mercy. New board members are Jen Albers, senior managing consultant at FORVIS LLP; Eileen Hamra, co-founder of Fit Together LLC; Katie Hoegeman, associate professor at Missouri State University; Danielle Poulson-Jones, director of housing at Evangel University; Deborah Tuck, branch manager at Guaranty Bank; and Austin Williamson, attorney with Rooney McBride & Smith LLC.

Restore SGF, a city initiative designed to increase homeownership, named its inaugural board of directors: Joselyn Baldner, president and CEO of Central Bank in Springfield; Amy Blansit, CEO of the Drew Lewis Foundation; Andrea Brady, community outreach and development manager for Great Southern Bank; Adrianna Bruening, real estate agent with Southwest Missouri Realty; Andrew Doolittle, developer, broker and investor with Everett Homes; John Everett, CEO of Legacy Bank & Trust Co.; Brian Fogle, president of Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc.; Heather Hardinger, City Council member; Richard Ollis, City Council member; Becky Volz, the city’s Neighborhood Advisory Council chair; and Rusty Worley, former Neighborhood Advisory Council chair and executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association.


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